Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism

James A. Michener Art Museum

2012
$250,000

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Installation shot from Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism at the James A. Michener Art Museum. Photo by Sean Wells.

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Installation shot from Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism at the James A. Michener Art Museum. Photo by Sean Wells.

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Installation shot from Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism at the James A. Michener Art Museum. Photo by Sean Wells.

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Installation shot from Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism at the James A. Michener Art Museum. Photo by Sean Wells.

The first large-scale project undertaken by the museum 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 2014 monographic survey has been several years in the making and is guided by Curator of the Collections Connie Kimmerle, 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. The museum will publish a blog on the making of the exhibition, produce an orientation video, create an educational website, host a symposium, and publish a 160-page, multi-author catalogue. The exhibition is expected to travel to the Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan and the Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts.