Paul Evans Retrospective Planning
James A. Michener Art Museum
Paul Evans, Sculpted Bronze Sideboard, 1970, bronze, private collection. Courtesy of the James A. Michener Art Museum.
This discovery grant supported research for a retrospective exhibition on the work of Paul Evans (1931–87), the designer-craftsman from Bucks County whose expressive sculpted metal furniture departed significantly from the minimalist tendencies of mid-20th-century modernism. Connie Kimmerle, the museum's curator of collections, assembled an international team of advisors—including Glenn Adamson (Victoria & Albert Museum), Gregory Wittkopp (Cranbrook Museum), and Edward S. Cook, Jr. (Yale University)—to establish a curatorial approach, identify essay topics, and map the overall installation. The Center-funded exhibition, Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism, will be on view at the museum in spring 2014.