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 />
In conjunction with the exhibition, Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism, a panel of specialists from New York and Philadelphia auction houses and galleries will explore the mounting interest for mid-century modern furniture.
David Rago, Rago Arts and Auction Center
Todd Merrill, Todd Merrill 20th Century
Robert Aibel, Owner/Director, Moderne Gallery
James Zemaitis, former head of Sotheby's Twentieth Century Design Department
Moderated by Lisa Tremper Hanover, Director and CEO, James A. Michener Art Museum
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 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 Curator of the Collections Connie Kimmerle, who is working 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.
$20 per member, $30 per non-member, and $10 per student with valid ID, includes museum admission. Advance registration required. Call for student discount ticket: 215.340.9800.
Museum galleries are open until 5 p.m.