Read the entire article from the Washington Post. Their ages span four generations, and their careers follow no linear path. They have enough letters behind their names to form a small university. They’ve worked in Switzerland, Qatar, and too many small towns to count, hailing from regions as diverse as the Southern Hemisphere and the […]
Black History Month at the National Museum of African Art
On 11 December 2013, Senegalese artist and sculptor Ousmane Sow was admitted to France’s Academy of Fine Arts (the Académie des Beaux-Arts) during a ceremony held at Paris presidential Élysée Palace. He is the first African to enter the Academy.
The staff of the National Museum of African Art expresses heartfelt condolences on the passing of former President Nelson Mandela of the Republic of South Africa. During the following week, the museum will display a condolence book that the public may sign; it will be sent to the Mandela family. A statement issued by Johnnetta Betsch Cole, the director of the National Museum of African Art, can be viewed below.
In support of the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa the museum is offering a multitude of different programs for the public to enjoy. Come and participate in a workshop or perhaps listen to a story.
We at the National Museum of African Art wish to tell an exceptional story. It is a story that begins when trade flourished in and around the Indian Ocean, sweeping up the East African coast and across the Arabian Peninsula. It is a story of diasporic influence and connecting cultures. It is a story that culminates in the extraordinary beauty found today in the arts of Oman and its influence on the peoples and cultures of eastern Africa.
Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art was in conversation with Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times bestselling poet and critically acclaimed actress Jill Scott as part of Cole’s Director’s Discussion Series.