The Saint Louis Art Museum presents new work by Ethiopian artist Elias Sime in the 118th installment of the museum’s popular Currents contemporary art series. The free exhibition will be on view at the re-opened museum in Galleries 249 and 250 through January 31, 2021.
Sime (born 1968) creates large-scale modular artworks from discarded technological material such as electrical wires, circuit boards, motherboards and computer keys. Sime’s use of the detritus of technological progress touches on diverse themes ranging from environmentalism and globalization to the history of modern art. Sime sources these materials in his hometown of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the Merkato, the biggest open-air market in Africa.