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September 9, 2014

Bill and Camille Cosby Loan Private Collection to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art

Selected Works Never Before Seen Publicly. One of the world’s preeminent private collections of African American art will have its first public viewing later this year at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue” brings together artworks from two world-class collections: the National Museum of African Art […]



August 14, 2014

National Museum of African Art Presents “Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria”

Exhibition Preserves Important Historical Record of Benin Arts and Culture “Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria,” opens at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Wednesday, Sept. 17, and will remain on display until Sept. 13, 2015. The retrospective exhibition showcases the work of noted Nigerian photographer Chief S.O. Alonge, […]



May 29, 2014

Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art Mourns Maya Angelou

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 13, 2014

National Museum of African Art to Participate in Art Museum Day

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 […]



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

National Museum of African Art Presents First Major Exhibition of African Earth works

“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.



May 30, 2012

National Museum of African Art Presents “African Cosmos: Stellar Arts”

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

“Art by Haitian Children after the Earthquake” Opens June 17 at Smithsonian

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 […]