Curator, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, Selection Committee 2010-11
Lowery Stokes Sims is Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) where she co-curated the inaugural exhibition, Second Lives, for MAD’s 2008 re-opening in its new space on New York’s Columbus Circle. From 2000-2007 Sims served as executive director, president and adjunct curator for the permanent collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem. She was on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1972-1999. A specialist in modern and contemporary art, Sims is known for her particular expertise in the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists. Among the many exhibitions she organized at The Metropolitan Museum of Art were retrospectives of the work of Stuart Davis (1991) and Richard Pousette-Dart (1997). In 2003-04 Sims served on the jury for the memorial for the World Trade Center and between 2004 and 2006 served as the chair of the Cultural Institutions Group, a coalition of museums, zoos, botanical gardens and performing organizations funded by the City of New York. Sims was a fellow at the Clark Art Institute in spring 2007. In 2005 and 2006 she was Visiting Professor at Queens College and Hunter College in New York City and in fall 2007 Visiting Scholar in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Sims is on the board of ArtTable, Inc., the Tiffany Foundation, Art Matters, Inc. and The Alliance of Artists Communities. Recent exhibitions she has co-curated at MAD include Dead or Alive (2010) and The Global Africa Project (2010).