About five years ago, Lowery Stokes Sims, whom the Museum of Arts and Design had recently hired as curator, was mulling ideas for exhibitions. At the time, the artist Martin Puryear, who is known for large, delicate sculptures made of wood, had a retrospective at MoMA, and one day Ms. Sims went to go see him in conversation with John Elderfield, then a curator at the museum.
“I was struck that he emphasized the fact that, as opposed to sending work out to be fabricated, he really wanted to engage the material and see where the material led him,” Ms. Sims told Gallerist on the phone last week. “Our mantra here [at MAD] is materials and process. A light bulb went off in my head, and I said, ‘I’ll work on wood!’” Read More