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Earth Matters

Welcome to the blog for Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa! With approximately 100 diverse works of art, as well as, for the first time at the Smithsonian, three works of land art in the Smithsonian’s historic Enid A. Haupt Garden, Earth Matters will be on exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art from April 22, 2013 through February 23, 2014.

NMAfA Docents

Welcome docents! Please refer to this site to find materials and recordings from our in-service sessions as well as resources to use for your tours. The front page features a blog function through which docents may write about their travels, their research, or other topics related to African art & culture.

Studio Africa

Since 2007, the Studio Africa Project has served DC Public Schools in connecting its students to African art and culture. Studio Africa is a yearlong program aimed to provide educational, cultural and artistic experiences on Africa for elementary students that will enable them to understand the continents varied geography, cultures, languages and people.

Radio Africa

The sounds that make up the diverse music of Africa are now yours to explore. Radio Africa streams, at no charge, complete tracks from the collections of Smithsonian Folkways.

From the rhythms of Benin to the wedding music of Ethiopia to the traditional Zulu music of South Africa to the parade music of Senegal, you’ll never know what you’ll hear next!

Click the Recording Info button on the radio for more information about the music or to purchase a track from Smithsonian Folkways.

Listen to Radio Africa, a collaboration between the National Museum of African Art and Smithsonian Folkways.

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Podcasts

NMAfA Podcast

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Diane Macklin

Reading the childrens story Anansi the Spider – a tale from the Ashanti. (3:42)

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Johnnetta Betsch Cole

Director, National Museum of African Art
Reading the childrens story “The Leopard’s Drum,” (7:15)

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El Anatsui

Interviewed by Jessica Martinez (12:16 total for 3 separate podcasts)

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Thomas K. Seligman

Director, Cantor Arts Center (12:33)
Stanford University

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António Ole

Interviewed by Curator Christine Mullen Kreamer (5:25)

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Sharon F. Patton

Former Director, National Museum of African Art (24:53)
Courtesy Artworks Now, Maryland Public Television

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Georgia Papageorge

Introduced by Curator Christine Mullen Kreamer (7:26)
Interviewed by Allyson Purpura

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Sue Williamson

Recorded 2004 at the Dakar Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dakar, Senegal (8:22)
Interviewed by Kinsey Katchka

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