An exploration of African American crafts by Lowery Stokes Sims, the William and Mildred Ladson Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and an expert on the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists.
About the speaker
Lowery Stokes Sims is the William and Mildred Ladson Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design. She served on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1972-1999 where she curated over 30 exhibitions. Sims then served as executive director, president and adjunct curator for the permanent collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem from 2000-2007. A specialist in modern and contemporary art Sims is known for her particular expertise in the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists. Her dissertation Wifredo Lam and the International Avang-Garde, 1923-1982 was published by the University of Texas Press in 2002. At MAD Sims has co-curated Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary (2008) and Dead or Alive: Artists Respond to Nature (2010). She also conceived and co-curated The Global Africa Project (2010-11) and curated Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design which opened at MAD in March, 2013. She is curator of the exhibition, New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America, which opened at MAD in November, 2014. Sims has lectured and guest curated exhibitions nationally and internationally. She was Visiting Professor at Queens College and Hunter College in New York City (2005, 2006), the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, A.D. White Professor at Large, Cornell University, Distinguished Professor in the Claire Trevor School of Arts, University of California, Irvine and a fellow at the Clark Art Institute and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota (2007). Sims also served on the selection jury for the World Trade Center memorial in 2003-2004 and is on the board of the Tiffany Foundation, and Art Matters, Inc.