Tim B. Wride joined the staff at the Norton Museum of Art in November of 2011. Since that time he has mounted 24 exhibitions for his new home audiences including Outside/In: Florida Photographers Face-to-Face with the Permanent Collection; Clubs, Joints, and Honky-Tonks: Photographers experience the Music World; The Rudin Prize 2012; L.A. Stories: Narrative Video from the West Coast; and New Work/New Directions: Recent Acquisitions of Photography, Imaging Eden: Photographers Discover the Everglades, The Summer of ’68: Photographing the Black Panthers, andEarth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene. CurrentlyWride is in the midst of a series of exhibitions examining the history of Photography from six different perspectives: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. Wride also coordinated the Norton installations for The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951, and THE POLAROID YEARS: Instant Photography and Experimentation, Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast, This Place: Israel through Photography’s Lens, and Tiny: Streetwise Revisited—Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark. Since his arrival he has grown the collection by more than 2000 objects and has commissioned 8 artists to create works specifically for the museum
Prior to his move to the Norton Museum, Tim was the founding director of a non-profit foundation that provided cash grants to artists and was a Curator in the Department of Photographs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for 14 years. During his tenure at LACMA, he curated more than 25 permanent collection focus exhibitions as well as larger survey and monographic exhibitions including P.L.A.N.: Photography Los Angeles Now, Retail Fictions: The Commercial Photography of Ralph Bartholomew, Jr., High Lights, Shadings, and Shadows an exhibition spawned by his research into the influence of Pictorialist Salons in Los Angeles from 1918-1947, Robbert Flick: Trajectories, and Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after the Revolution. As an independent curator, Wride curated the exhibition, Street Sight, which was the first examination of the unique hybrid of Street Photography in Southern California; and later received a grant to curate Sight Specific: LACPS and the Politics of Community which was presented at the University of Southern California as part of the J. Paul Getty Foundation’s regional initiative to document previously unexplored areas of the region’s art historical influences. He is also the author of over a dozen books, scores of articles, and has lectured and conducted workshops internationally.
Wride is a native Los Angeleno, tracing his roots through 10 generations of California history.