Posted on April 08, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

Art historian and curator Lowery Stokes Sims will deliver the Samek Art Museum's annual Distinguished Art Lecture on Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in the Elaine Langone Center (ELC) Forum. A reception in the Samek Gallery on the third floor of the ELC will follow the talk.

The lecture is titled "Image-Banking: A Life With Art and Artists," and it will feature Sims, a curator emerita at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), discussing the trajectory of her career in the art world from the 1970s to the present as an African-American woman who is committed to diversity in the global art world.

Throughout her career, Sims collaborated with a generation of artists and arts administrators who forged the first determined efforts to break through institutional and societal exclusionary practices as they dealt with issues such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and social and economic justice. She will chronicle these efforts through images of art that exemplify that commitment to forge a more inclusive art world, and a determination to continue to pursue those goals in what seems to be an increasingly fractious global arena.

Prior to her tenure at MAD, Sims served on the staff of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1972 to 2000, where she eventually became the first African-American curator. She was also executive director, president and adjunct curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem from 2000 to 2007.

The Samek Distinguished Art Lectures invite world-renowned artists, scholars and notable thinkers to engage with students and the public. The series is presented with generous support from Bucknell alumni Edward '58 and Marthann Samek '60.

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