Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art sits with acclaimed philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah (Princeton University) to discuss and interrogate the category of race and the future of museums. Appiah shares his personal reflections and philosophical investigations on race and considers notions of cultural identity and shared humanity.
Global Africa: Kehinde Wiley
Algerian Film Roundtable
Africa in Motion: Celebrating African Independence
A Taste of Africa: The Gullah Diva
The Afro-Argentine Legacy of Tango: Robert Farris Thompson and Facundo Posadas
Author Robert Farris Thompson (Yale University) discusses the cultural history of the tango--from the habanera and candombe dances to milonga to canyengue to tango--with a special focus on its origins as an Afro-Argentine music genre. Argentine tango master Facundo Posadas and partner Ching Ping Peng demonstrate steps and perform. Book signing of Tango: The Art History of Love follows.
This program is part of the series "Argentina at the Smithsonian 2010."
Global Africa: Alfredo Jaar
Global Africa is a series that presents artists outside of Africa who are engaging with the continent in their work.
Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar considers art's limitations to represent genocide, conflict, epidemics, and famine. His artwork addresses the holocaust in Rwanda, toxic pollution in Nigeria, disparity of the oil economy and extreme poverty in Angola, gold mining in Brazil, and issues related to the border between the U.S. and Mexico. A conversation between Alfredo Jaar and leading film scholar Manthia Diawara (New York University) follows.
This program received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.