Paul Evans (1931–87) and Phillip Lloyd Powell (1919-2008), Cabinet, ca. 1962. Welded and patinated steel, colored pigments, wood, 23-karat gold leaf; 32 1/4 x 46 1/8 x 24 1/4 inches. Collection of Merrill Wright. Photo courtesy of Sotheby's.<br />
The James A. Michener Art Museum's Curator of Collections, Constance Kimmerle, Ph.D., and Dorsey Reading, longtime fabricator and shop manager for Paul Evans, will deliver a talk about Evans' work and the exhibition, Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism.
The first large-scale project undertaken by the Michener in response to its expanded focus on collecting and presenting regional studio crafts, this exhibition explores 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 Kimmerle, who has worked with a team of international scholars. The project presents 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.
Entry is $10 per member, $20 per non-member, and $5 per student with valid ID, which includes museum admission. Advance registration is required. Limited to 25 registrants.