Associate Curator of Photography and Head of the Photography Department, Cincinnati Art Museum

Nathaniel M. Stein is Associate Curator of Photography and Head of the Photography Department at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He has published and/or organized exhibitions on established and emerging photographers from South Asia, Europe, continental North America, and the Caribbean. A recent major project was the fall 2018 exhibition Life: Gillian Wearing. Before arriving in Cincinnati, Stein held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and the RISD Museum, and taught the history of photography at RISD and other institutions. He holds a PhD from Brown University and a BA from Wesleyan University.

He is especially interested in bodies of work that are innovative and conceptually cohesive, whether in traditional or non-traditional photographic media. He appreciates speaking with photographers who are thoughtful about the role of craft and materiality in their work, even if the work is deskilled or dematerialized. He is not particularly interested in classic nature photography or nudes, or commercial photography—unless a photographer is offering critical insight on or a new approach to these areas of practice. He can offer sympathetic (but realistic) critical conversation and insight into the museum-based curatorial process.

Reviewing Thursday, September 19, Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. 


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1821 W Hubbard St | Suite 207

Chicago | Illinois | 60622



Monday - Friday | 11am - 5pm 

Saturday | by appointment

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Filter Photo is partly supported by grants from The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, The Fogelson Family Foundation, and The Halo Hill Charitable Fund.