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The Encyclopedic Museum: Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims

Join Dr. Sims, one of the most renowned art historians/curators of our day, as she recounts a life in art museums, beginning with her nearly three-decade tenure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

This program is part of the Museum Studies Institute series, the MFA’s internal “think tank” that encompasses all of the intellectual and creative imaginings generated from, and orbiting around, an encyclopedic art museum. Art museums preserve things—art objects that represent the highest aspirations of humankind—in perpetuity. Yet we do so amid the reality of a complex and ever-changing world. Lectures by renowned experts on the history of art museums, conversations on engaging topics, symposia examining current challenges—from climate change to inclusivity to new media—allow us to open up our internal discussions to engage our community in the conversation.

Lowery Stokes Sims is a specialist in modern and contemporary art, craft and design and is known for her particular interest in creating a diverse and inclusive global art world. Sims served on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1972-1999) and as executive director, president and adjunct curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2000-2007). She retired as Curator Emerita from the Museum of Arts and Design in 2015 and has since served as a guest curator for exhibitions at countless museums around the country. She was the 2018 Kurt Varnedoe Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, Adjunct Professor at the IFA in 2019 and 2020, and the 2021-22 Kress Beinecke Professor at The Center, National Gallery of Art. She was a founding board member of ArtTable, the organization that promotes networking for women in the art world and was recently elected as an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council.

$10 for MFA Members; $20 for Not-Yet Members 
Registration Required
Complimentary Valet Parking Available 

Please note that there are several events happening in downtown St. Petersburg on this day that may impact traffic and parking. The MFA is providing FREE valet parking for all registered guests. 



Photo of Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims © Grace Roselli

Event Details

March 2, 2023

6–7 pm

Museum of Fine Arts – Marly Room

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