Paul Evans (1931–87), Chandelier, ca. 1960. Welded steel with milk glass globe, 19 1/2 x 22 x 22 inches. Courtesy of the Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT. Photo by Richard Goodbody.<br />
The first large-scale project undertaken by the Michener in response to its expanded focus on collecting and presenting regional studio crafts, Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism will explore the sculpted-bronze art furniture of the Bucks County, Pennsylvania artist (1931–87). Working with expressive, abstract forms, and molten surfaces, Evans forged a dramatic sensibility that applied principals from abstract expressionist painting to the design of cabinets, chests, tables, sofas, and side-tables. Research for this monographic survey has been several years in the making and is guided by Curator of the Collections Connie Kimmerle, who is working with a team of international scholars. The project will present Evans' work not simply as that of an iconic maker, but as connected with the cultural life of its community, as an outgrowth of the conditions of modern education and technology, and as responsive to America's post-war economic boom.