About Lowery Sims

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Lowery Stokes Sims (b. 1949) is Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. From 2000-2007 she was president and curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem and from 1972-1999 was on the educational and curatorial staff of the Modern Art department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While at the Metropolitan, Sims curated over forty exhibitions, many reflecting an interest in African American and women artists. She has written extensively on African, Latino/a, Native and Asian American artists and taught art history, curatorship, and art criticism at Bard College and Queens College, among others. She is a noted specialist in the field of Euro-American African Art, with particular emphasis on the work of Wilfredo Lam. In addition to authoring numerous significant catalog essays for the Metropolitan, she has been a frequent contributor to such periodicals as Artforum and Arts Magazine.

Further Reading

Falkenstein, Michelle. "'An Open-Ended Portfolio'." ARTnews 106, no. 10 (November 2007): 98.

King-Hammond, Leslie. "Lowery Stokes Sims: Redefining the Art World." International Review of African American Art 18.1 (2001): 52-3.

Newkirk, Pamela. ""In the Mix with the Big Boys"." ARTnews 99, no. 5 (May 2000): 66-8.

Sims, Lowery Stokes. Wifredo Lam and the International Avant-Garde, 1923-1982. Austin, Tex: University of Texas Press, 2002.