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50th Anniversary Gala

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National Museum of African Art
November 7, 2014


50th Anniversary Gala images

A selection of images from NMAfA’s exciting 50th anniversary gala are now available!

50th Anniversary Gala -Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art
50th Anniversary Gala -Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art
Sakalava or Bara artist, Madagascar Funerary sculpture (detail)

Sakalava or Bara artist
Madagascar Funerary sculpture (detail)
Early to mid-20th century
Wood, pigment, metal 180 x 24.5 x 27.5 cm
National Museum of African Art, gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company

Special Guests

Drs. Camille and Bill Cosby

Gala Honorees

Bruce Onobrakpeya, artist
Lydia Puccinelli Robbins, Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication


Samuel L. Jackson
LaTanya Richardson Jackson

Somi and other surprise guests

Our signature event celebrated 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 had 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 included international business leaders, foreign ministers, ambassadors, thought leaders, lobbyists, philanthropists, and leaders of U.S. government agencies.

Ibiebe ABC III (detail)

Bruce Onobrakpeya b. 1932
Ibiebe ABC III (detail)
Ink on paper
Framed: 113 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm
Museum purchase


African Art at 50

A short history of the museum as well as images from the museum’s early days are available on the museum’s African Art at 50 page.