May 29, 2014
Museum’s 50th-Anniversary Celebration June 3 Will Honor the World-renowned Poet The staff of the National Museum of African Art expresses heartfelt condolences on the passing of Maya Angelou, world-renowned poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright and civil-rights activist. Angelou served as the museum’s honorary chair of its national campaign. “My friend, my sister, my […]
May 21, 2014
Music, Performances and Dance Will Mark the Occasion The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art celebrates its 50th anniversary Tuesday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visitors of all ages can experience special performances and events intended to inspire them to learn more about the people and cultures of Africa and its diaspora […]
May 13, 2014
Celebration Will Feature Discounts in Museum Store and Docent-led Tour The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art will join museums in North America in celebrating Art Museum Day Sunday, May 18. The museum will participate during normal museum hours – 10a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a guided tour of its latest exhibition “Visions of the […]
March 26, 2014
National Museum of African Art Marks Its 50th Anniversary in 2014 with Year of Exhibitions and Programs
Honorary Campaign Chair Maya Angelou’s Video Launches Celebrations The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014–2015, presenting a series of public programs and exhibits to commemorate the opening of the original Capitol Hill museum founded by Warren Robbins June 3, 1964, in a townhouse that was originally the home of […]
March 4, 2014
National Museum of African Art Presents “Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone”
Exhibition Honors the Work of Curator and Connoisseur William Siegmann “Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone” will be on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art April 9 through Aug. 17. The exhibition features some 70 artworks from the collection of William Siegmann (1943–2011) that survey the traditional […]
February 21, 2014
Media only: Eddie Burke (202) 633-4660; firstname.lastname@example.org The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art will host some of Africa’s hottest designers at “Earth Matters, Fashion Matters,” a fashion show featuring ready-to-wear designs and a concert at the museum Saturday, Feb. 22, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Katie Rost, a Vogue 100 model, will emcee […]
December 6, 2013
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.
November 26, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art today announced that the Sultanate of Oman will give $1.8 million to support a series of programs celebrating Omani and East African arts and culture. This is the largest donation to the museum to date. This partnership has been made possible by the Sultan of Qaboos Cultural Center in Washington, D.C.
October 23, 2013
National Museum of African Art Presents “Africa ReViewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon”
“Africa ReViewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon,” opens at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Tuesday, Nov. 21, and will remain on display until Aug. 24, 2014. The exhibition, an extension of FotoWeek DC (Nov. 1–10), celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives housed at the National Museum of African Art. The retrospective exhibition showcases the work of internationally renowned American photographer Eliot Elisofon.
May 15, 2013
National Museum of African Art Presents “Lines, Marks, and Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen”
Roger Ballen (b. 1950), one of the more recognized photographic artists working today, is the focus of an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. On view from June 19 through Feb. 9, 2014, “Lines, Marks, and Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen” considers the artist’s 40-plus years as an artist photographer through a new approach: an examination of line and drawing in his photographs.
March 21, 2013
“Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” will open at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art on Earth Day, April 22, and continue through to Jan. 5, 2014. Curated by Karen E. Milbourne, “Earth Matters” is the first major exhibition exploring the ways in which African artists and communities mediate their relationship with the land upon which they live, work and frame their days.
February 19, 2013
“Africa Underground” returns Friday, Feb. 22, with an evening of eclectic delights at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art from 7 to 11 p.m. Coming on the heels of a successful last installment of “Africa Underground” in June 2012, this event also offers patrons the chance to enjoy refreshments, dance and the museum exhibitions, […]
May 30, 2012
Exhibition Examines Connections between African Art and Cultural Astronomy “African Cosmos: Stellar Arts” will be on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art from June 20 through Dec. 9. This is the first major exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts. The […]
June 3, 2010
Soon after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, first lady of Haiti Elisabeth D. Préval called on Haitian artist Philippe Dodard and his fellow artists, as well as psychologists, educators and politicians, to create a safe place for children to express their feelings through art. Nearly 100 paintings and drawings created by Haiti’s young people at […]
May 6, 2010
South African artist Paul Emmanuel’s “Transitions,” an installation of five drawings and the critically acclaimed film 3SAI: A Rite of Passage, will open at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art May 12 and continue through Aug. 22. The exhibition, which debuted in 2008 at The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, addresses issues of […]
April 22, 2010
“Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art,” a traveling exhibition that tells the story of the beautiful coiled basket, will be on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art from June 23 through Nov. 28. “Grass Roots” demonstrates the enduring contribution of African people and culture to American life in the southeastern […]