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In Conversation: Sue Williamson, Moataz Nasr, and Renée Stout

Sue Williamson b. 1941, England There’s Something I Must Tell You Installation view, Caroline Motsoaledi and Busisiwe Khatibe  2013 Six-channel rear projection video (36 min.) Image courtesy the artist and Axis Gallery, New Jersey and New York

Sue Williamson
b. 1941, England
There’s Something I Must Tell You
Installation view, Caroline Motsoaledi and Busisiwe Khatibe
2013
Six-channel rear projection video (36 min.)
Image courtesy the artist and Axis Gallery, New Jersey and New York

May 18, 2016
3:30–5 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of the museum’s newest exhibition, Senses of Time: Video and Film-based Arts of Africa! Go on a gallery tour with one of the show’s featured artists, internationally acclaimed South African artist Sue Williamson, and its curator, Karen E. Milbourne. Then, Williamson will discuss themes of time and the senses in art with another creator featured in the exhibition, renowned Egyptian artist Moataz Nasr, and D.C. art legend Renée Stout.

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Malick Sidibé

The staff of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art expresses deepest condolences on the passing of award-winning Malian photographer Malick Sidibé who has died at the age of 80.

Sidibé, best known for his black-and-white images of Malian youth culture from the 1950s to 70s, still resonates among photographers across Africa and around the world. He achieved success in his homeland of Bamako, Mali, and in Paris. In 2007, Sidibé became the first African, and the first photographer, to be awarded the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale. His iconic work, Nuit de Noël (Happy Club), in the museum’s permanent collection, was featured in the exhibition Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue. #MalickSidibe

Malick Sidibé born 1935, Mali Nuit de Noël (Happy-Club) 1963, printed 2008 Gelatin silver print Image: 42.5 x 43 cm (16 3/4 x 16 15/16 in.) Sheet: 61 x 50 cm (24 x 19 11/16 in.) National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, museum purchase, 2009-12-3 Photograph by Franko Khoury

Malick Sidibé
born 1935, Mali
Nuit de Noël (Happy-Club)
1963, printed 2008
Gelatin silver print
Image: 42.5 x 43 cm (16 3/4 x 16 15/16 in.)
Sheet: 61 x 50 cm (24 x 19 11/16 in.)
National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, museum purchase, 2009-12-3
Photograph by Franko Khoury

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Senses of Time: Video and Film-based Works of Africa

Opens May 18, 2016

Time may seem easy to measure, but it can be challenging to understand. Six internationally recognized African artists examine how time is experienced—and produced—by the body. Bodies stand, climb, dance, and dissolve in seven works of video and film art. These time-based works by Sammy Baloji, Theo Eshetu, Moataz Nasr, Berni Searle, Yinka Shonibare MBE, and Sue Williamson repeat, resist, and reverse the expectation that time must move relentlessly forward.

Senses of Time exhibition trailer
Courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Senses of Time was co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

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Congratulations to artist Joël Andrianomearisoa!

Negociations sentimentales Act V (Sentimental Negotiations Act V)

Joël Andrianomearisoa
b. 1977, Madagascar
Negociations sentimentales Act V (Sentimental Negotiations Act V)
2013
Wood, pocket mirrors
Panels, each: 203.2 x 91.4 cm (80 x 36 in.)
Collection of the artist, courtesy Revue Noire, Paris

Congratulations to artist Joël Andrianomearisoa who is the recipient of the IV Audemars Piguet Award ARCOmadrid 2016. His work, Negociations sentimentales Act V (Sentimental Negotiations Act V) was featured in the exhibition “The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists” which was on view at the National Museum of African Art in 2015.

Guest curated by internationally acclaimed critic and scholar Simon Njami, with assistance at the National Museum of African Art from curator Karen Milbourne, this monumental exhibition explored the themes of Dante’s epic poem with new commissions and cutting-edge artworks by more than 40 contemporary artists from 18 African countries as well as the African diaspora.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Introduces Museum Day Live 2016!

Museum Day Live!

Join the National Museum of African Art for Museum Day Live! On March 12, the Smithsonian Institution, as well as hundreds of other cultural institutions across the country, will engage diverse audiences through leadership opportunities, vibrant performances, interactive activities, and more.

Held during Women’s History Month, this year’s Museum Day Live! is particularly focused on encouraging women and girls of color to discover their place in the arts and sciences. All are invited to explore our nation’s museums, libraries, national parks, aquariums, and zoological parks! Events are free and open to the public.

The National Museum of African Art’s Museum Day programming includes a teen poetry workshop; a performance from Coyaba Dance Ensemble about love and gratitude; drop-in design workshops; and an authors’ talk featuring Ntozake Shange. Docent-led tours of the museum’s galleries will highlight outstanding artworks by female artists.

Next door, the Smithsonian “Castle” will host a unique opportunity for young girls to explore museum careers through Ladies’ Lightning Leadership Talks. Staff from across the institution share their respective career paths, experiences, and advice. Learn about internships, volunteer opportunities, job shadows, and more!

Click here for more details on how to attend the Ladies’ Lightning Leadership Talk. Pre-registration is required. A full list of events celebrating Museum Day Live! at the Smithsonian can be found here.

Excited about Museum Day Live!? Follow along with all the action—and share what you’re looking forward to—at #NMAfA, #MuseumDay, and #ImagineHer.

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