A message from Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
All Smithsonian museums in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and New York City, including the National Zoo, will be temporarily closed to the public starting Saturday, March 14. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, we are not announcing a re-opening date at this time and will provide updates on a week-to-week basis.
The health and safety of our visitors and staff are a top priority, and we are monitoring the guidance of local public health officials and the CDC.
The winners of the Power of the Griot Poetry contest are Anselm Jesusemen (elementary school), Etianna Prophete (middle school), and Tay Jones (high school).
Using artworks from the exhibition Heroes: Principles of African Greatness, photographer Jyll Turner led a creative workshop on self-portrait photography. Teens ages 14 to 18 learned how to use comparative visual arts to achieve their best expressive headshot and master the art of being the photographer and the photographed.
September 14–16, 2020, 9–11 am
Connections between African and Asian spaces have defined cultural identities and expressions across centuries. This symposium will consider the dynamic locations, unique objects, and remarkable individuals whose stories evidence a radical realignment of historic power structures and axes of travel, growth, and exchange. Papers will range from antiquity to the present with an emphasis on art and material culture.
This symposium is co-organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and National Museum of Asian Art, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
The full program and more information is available here.