“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.
National Museum of African Art
November 7, 2014
Our signature event celebrates not only the museum’s 50th anniversary, but the opening of a very special exhibition, Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue, featuring works from the collections of the National Museum of African Art and Drs. Camille and Bill Cosby.
Guests to the gala will have the unprecedented opportunity to view Conversations and artworks from the never-before-exhibited Cosby Collection prior to its official opening.
Guests attending the 50th Anniversary Gala will include international business leaders, foreign ministers, ambassadors, thought leaders, lobbyists, philanthropists, and leaders of U.S. government agencies. Through your sponsorship of the National Museum of African Art and its 50th Anniversary Gala, these key decision makers will see your commitment to Africa.