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Limited tickets for the 50th Gala After Party now available!

Sheila E.

Sheila E.

National Museum of African Art Announces 50th Anniversary After Party Featuring Grammy-Nominated Artist Sheila E.

Limited Tickets on Sale

The National Museum of African Art will host an after party on Friday, Nov. 7, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. celebrating not only its 50th anniversary, but the opening of an exclusive exhibition. Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue will feature works from the collections of the National Museum of African Art and Drs. Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr.

Guests to the after party will have the unprecedented opportunity to view Conversations and artworks from the never-before-exhibited Cosby collection prior to its official opening. Grammy-nominated artist Sheila E. will perform with special guests.

The evening includes open bar, late night snacks, and desserts. Participants must be 21 to be admitted (IDs will be checked at the door).

After Party Only ticket (10 PM – 1 AM)
$150 (must be purchased in advance online)

Order your tickets here

Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue Opens November 9, 2014

Kepi in Bree Street

Nontsikelelo “Lolo” Veleko
born 1977, South Africa
Kepi in Bree Street
From the Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder series
Digital print with pigment dyes on cotton paper
42 x 29 cm (16 9/16 x 11 7/16 in.)
National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, purchased with funds provided by the Annie Laurie Aitken Endowment, 2011-7-1.4
Photograph by Franko Khoury

One of the world’s preeminent private collections of African American art will have its first public viewing later this year at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue brings together artworks from two world-class collections: the National Museum of African Art and the Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr. Collection. The exhibition, which opens at the museum Nov. 9 and remains on view through early 2016, is a major part of the museum’s 50th anniversary, celebrating its unique history and contributions toward furthering meaningful dialogue between Africa and the African diaspora.

Conversations presents selected pieces from the Cosby collection, including works by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Beauford Delaney, Loïs Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Keith Morrison, Faith Ringgold, Augusta Savage, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and Alma Thomas. With the exception of one work of art, the Cosby collection has never been loaned or seen publicly and only rarely and selectively published. These and other works of African American art are placed in thematic dialogue with African traditional works of art, including a Kongo female figure with child from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a lidded bowl from Nigeria by the Yoruba master artist Olowe of Ise, and a Nuna butterfly mask from Burkina Faso, and with modern and contemporary works of art by artists, including Fodé Camara from Senegal, Godfried Donkor from Ghana, and William Kentridge from South Africa. The exhibition and its accompanying publication are organized to explore intersecting ideas about history, creativity, power, identity, and artistry in ways that resonate with people the world over.