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RESCHEDULED: Milumbe Haimbe’s Dystopian Compulsions

January 29, 2016
1 – 2 p.m.

elevationPrepare to take off into the stratosphere as Zambian artist Milumbe Haimbe discusses the dystopian compulsions of her work. Her current practice focuses on digital illustration exploring sexuality and gender within genres such as comic books, animation, and graphic novels. Learn about the research Haimbe has been doing as a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow into the sociopolitical contexts of the African space agenda while recovering her mother’s past, a woman written out of history but whose unpublished memoir candidly narrates an incredible journey from humble beginnings to becoming the first indigenous personal secretary to the first republican president.

Milumbe HaimbeBorn in Lusaka, Zambia, Haimbe received her BA in architecture from the Copperbelt University and her MFA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Haimbe has exhibited her work at Art Basal, Switzerland, and the Dak’Art Biennale, Senegal, and been previously awarded fellowships with the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Residency Program and the Omi International Arts Center.

Free and open to the public
Photographs courtesy the artist

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A Message to Our Visitors about Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue

Allegations that publicly surfaced when we opened this exhibition in November 2014, now combined with recent criminal charges brought against Mr. Cosby in Pennsylvania, cast a negative light on what should be a joyful exploration of African and African American art in this gallery.

The National Museum of African Art in no way condones Mr. Cosby’s behavior. We continue to present Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue because it is fundamentally about the artworks and the artists who created them, not Mr. Cosby.

Most of the objects are from the permanent collection of the National Museum of African Art. About one-third are on loan from Camille and Bill Cosby. Though the exhibition does recognize their role in assembling those works, the purpose of the exhibition is to examine the interplay of artistic creativity in African and African American art—something that has been part of our museum’s history since our founding more than 50 years ago. The exhibition brings public attention to artists whose art has not been seen, art that tells powerful and poignant stories about African American experiences.

We invite you, our valued visitors, to provide your comments in the Visitor Book we have placed in the hallway at the exit to this exhibition. You can also email your comments. This exhibition closes January 24.

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