May 26, 2018
Space is limited and registration is required for this program; please register via Eventbrite
For audiences 16+
Ekpuk’s artistic practice began as an exploration of nsibidi, a classical Nigerian writing system that uses symbols and graphics to convey ideas. His practice has since evolved to embrace a wider spectrum of meaning rooted in African and global contemporary art discourses. Ekpuk’s work is included in the collections of institutions like the Newark Museum in New Jersey, Dartmouth’s Hood Museum, and the University of Illinois’s Krannert Art Museum, as well as our own National Museum of African Art. He has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions. Don’t miss this rare chance to create art with a renowned artist!
This workshop is presented as one of three special editions of the museum’s Workshop Wednesdays. (Click here to see the full listing of drop-in Workshop Wednesdays.) These masterclasses will offer the special chance to explore select artistic topics more deeply and learn from the same artists whose work you see on our walls and in our incredible collections.
May 27, 2018
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Join the National Museum of African Art for a celebration of Ethiopian Jewish heritage! Don’t miss this special screening of Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew (dir. Rebecca Shore, 2016, Israel, 43 min., Hebrew with English subtitles). From 1984 to 1991, over 22,500 Ethiopian Jews emigrated to Israel as a part of Operations Moses, Joshua, and Solomon. Young Mekonen Abebe was one of these emigrants, alongside his family—but Abebe’s father died before he could make the trip. Follow along with Abebe’s emotional journey to see Ethiopia for the first time since leaving the country as a boy, and to finally visit his father’s grave.
Following the film, an engaging discussion will be moderated by Sephardic Heritage International (SHIN) DC’s Shlomit Daniel alongside Issayas Yona Bogale, whose father Yona Bogale was the first leader of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel. Traditional refreshments and musical performances will follow.
Part of a regular Heritage Talk series, this screening and discussion will allow the museum to hear directly from one of its most important audiences: D.C.’s local African diaspora community. Make your voice heard!
Presented in collaboration with Sephardic Heritage International DC
Co-sponsored by the Washington Jewish Film Festival
Free and open to the public