Curator from Museum of Arts and Design Speaks at ABQ Museum

Explore the world of contemporary design, craft and art from Latin America with Lowery Stokes Sims, curator emerita from the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Sims will share the rich stories she uncovered in her research for the exhibition, New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America on display at Albuquerque Museum through April 17.

Sims' talk, which takes place on Sunday, April 3 at 1pm, will focus on how specific cities and locales not only determined the thematic organization of the exhibition, but also directly determined and impacted the design of individual works of arts in the exhibition.

Sims's discussion emerges from her travel to cities in Latin America to meet with young designers, where she was able to observe how the particular design solutions represented in the exhibition were influenced by elements such as the streets sounds of favelas in Rio de Janeiro, the chaotic topography of the ranchos of Caracas, and even the sinkholes of Mexico City.

Additionally the lecture will note the ingenuity of designers who use and adapt materials at hand from recycled plastic bottles to hardware to carnival leftovers in their design solutions.

Lowery Stokes Sims is Chief Curator of Emerita at the Museum of Arts and Design. Sims was executive director then president of The Studio Museum in Harlem and served as Adjunct Curator for the Permanent Collection. She was on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1972 to 1999. A specialist in modern and contemporary art she is known for her particular expertise in the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists.

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