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Elias Sime: Tightrope | Virtual Panel

Installation view, Elias Sime: Tightrope, Royal Ontario Museum, Canada, July 17 - September 5, 2021

To celebrate the touring exhibition Elias Sime: Tightrope, which opens at the Royal Ontario Museum on July 17, please join us for an online panel discussion, produced by the Wellin Museum of Art in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum. The panel will include curators from each of the museums to which the exhibition traveled, as well as contributors to the exhibition catalogue which was published in March 2020. 

Panelists include: 

Tracy Adler, Johnson-Pote Director of the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College and curator of the exhibition Elias Sime: Tightrope (Moderator)

Silvia Forni, Senior Curator of Global Africa, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator at Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts and former Curator of Exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum

Erin Dziedzic, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Karen Milbourne, Senior Curator at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, and a contributing author whose essay “Personal Touch: Vital Materialism in the Work of Elias Sime'' is featured in the exhibition catalogue.

The Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College presented the exhibition Elias Sime: Tightrope in fall of 2019, marking the first major traveling museum survey featuring the work of contemporary Ethiopian artist Elias Sime (b. 1968). Curated by Tracy L. Adler, the Wellin Museum’s Johnson-Pote Director, the exhibition highlights the artist’s work from the last decade, much of which comprises the series entitled “Tightrope,” alongside a selection of earlier stitched canvases critical to the artist’s development. On view in fall of 2019 at the Wellin Museum of Art, the exhibition traveled to the Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri; and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.

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