Tom Eccles

Executive director at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard

As director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York, Eccles continues to hothouse the key curators of tomorrow – and to co-organise shows for the Hessel Museum he founded there – from his perch in the Hudson Valley. But that’s just one aspect of the loquacious, peripatetic and impossibly networked Scotsman’s life, which has taken in running the New York Public Art Fund; indefatigable interviewing for (cough) ArtReview; the occasional curatorial project with its editor (double cough); continuing to advise Maja Hoffmann’s LUMA Foundation; and curating at the Park Avenue Armory, where this summer he organised a show by the multidisciplinary artist Nick Cave, a processional mix of installation and performance. Such boundary-pushing projects are right in the wheelhouse of a figure awarded an honorary doctorate this year by the University of Gothenburg, which surveyed his myriad doings and found the apropos descriptor: ‘a catalyst for change’.