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“At Museum of Arts and Design, a Swan Song for Lowery Stokes Sims” | New York Times

Lowery Stokes Sims, chief curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, is retiring on April 5, according to the New York Times. A trailblazer and mentor who has spent more than 40 groundbreaking years in the art world, she was the first and only African American curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sims has been an inspiration to many, including Thelma Golden, whom she groomed at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Ms. Sims has been “doing the thing that a lot of other people are paying lip service to,” knocking down divisions between art and design, high and low, and individual and collective.

WILLIAM POPE.L, “Trinket,” 2008 (mixed media). Installation in Exhibition Hall of Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo., produced by Grand Arts | Courtesy the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. Photo by E.G. Shempf

“William Pope.L Makes Statements From the Fringes” | New York Times

The Times observes as William Pope.L puts the finishing touches on his new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. “Trinket,” the Chicago-based artist’s largest museum show to date, features a grand-scale American flag that, separated at the seams, is flying and fraying in the wind created by huge fans.

“If I am being critical, and the flag is as strong and resilient as they say it is, it should be able to stand up to this. This doesn’t mean I don’t love my country. I’m asking questions of it.” — William Pope. L

“‘Maya Angelou’ LIVE at the Harlem Square Club” 2015 by Martine Syms.

“For the Walker Art Center, a Shop That Peddles Evanescence” | New York Times

The gift shop at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is introducing artist-made products that you can enjoy, but in many cases you can’t touch. The Times reports on Intangibles, a conceptual art pop-up store is selling a range of innovative, high-concept items, including a recorded message by Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Martine Syms. In the persona of “Maya Angelou,” her fictional, one-woman band will perform on your voicemail. CT

TOP IMAGE: Lowery Stokes Sims, Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design. | Photo: Saeideh Golji, Courtesy Museum of Arts and Design

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