Inviting the Ancestors: Exhibiting Traditional African Art in the 21st Century

Posted Jan 18, 2022

Bamazi Talle, Curator
August 23 – December 1, 2023
Public Reception: Thursday, September 14 from 4p – 6p
Curator’s remarks begin at 4:30p

Inviting the Ancestors is curator Bamazi Talle’s response to the question, “What does it mean to exhibit traditional African art in the twenty-first century?” Talle brings precise color and installation queues into dialogue with Otterbein’s traditional African art collection to communicate his views about the importance of acknowledging and connecting with ancestors through the objects, regardless of the location. As part of the Opening Doors to the World (ODW) programming, Inviting the Ancestors also explores contemporary critiques about the history of colonization and its relationship to art collecting, as well as the role of exhibitions in de-colonizing education. 

Bamazi Talle is an international contemporary painter based in Columbus, Ohio and Togo, West Africa. The exhibition features work from the David and Karina Rilling Collection.


Location and Hours

The Frank Museum of Art
39 S. Vine Street
Westerville, OH 43081

W - Su 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closed Holidays and Breaks


All exhibitions are free
and open to the public.