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When Woodruff Arts Center's President and CEO, Doug Shipman, greets me on the fourth floor, he’s dressed in a plaid blazer, sneakers, and colorful socks in the style of a cool politician or a millennial tech magnate. It’s a fitting look for someone who both wields immense power and embraces nontraditional priorities, namely to diversify Woodruff Arts Center.
To merely describe Wifredo Lam as an important 20th-century surrealist would do him a disservice. The Cuban painter’s hybrid vision was far broader, encompassing magical realism, modernism, and postmodernism—making him influential in not just the art world but also literary and political groups.