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June 2017

Artist Talk: Victor Ehikhamenor

June 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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June 22 6:30–8:30 p.m. Victor Ehikhamenorb. 1970, NigeriaWealth of Nations2015InstallationCopyright the artistJoin the National Museum of African Art for a can’t-miss talk from award-winning Nigerian artist, writer, and photographer Victor Ehikhamenor. The groundbreaking and news-making artist will be joined in conversation with the politically minded Nigerian writer Helon Habila. Ehikhamenor is strongly influenced by the traditions of the village where he was born, including that of local craftspeople and of the wall paintings and installation arts of Edo community shrines.…

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August 2017

Global Teen Heritage STEAMulus Day

August 5 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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August 5, 2017 1–5 p.m. Pre-register to guarantee your spot at 202.633.4646 Day-of registration opens at 12:30 p.m. Photograph courtesy Gathoni KamauGet inspired as you explore the intersection of art and technology! Our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) day kicks off with an opportunity for teens to talk to experts in STEAM fields and with peers from the Caribbean, southern Africa, western Africa, and right here in Washington, D.C. Then, a live DJ spins while students from around the…

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World Elephant Day

August 12 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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August 12, 2017 Kongo artist, Loango coast, CongoTuskc. 1860Ivory72.4 x 14.6 x 6 cm (28 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.)Museum purchase, 96-28-1Celebrate the extraordinary elephant at the National Museum of African Art! World Elephant Day is a global movement to support the conservation of these incredible creatures. Elephants and their ivories have inspired stories and art in many African cultures, and the museum wants to do its part to raise awareness about the largest land animal on…

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September 2017

African Diaspora Heritage Talk Series
Preserving Cultural Heritage through the Arts

September 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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September 6, 2017 6–8:30 p.m. Register via Eventbrite Celebrate African Heritage Month with the National Museum of African Art and members of the local and global African diaspora community! Docent-led highlights tours will kick off the evening, followed by a community discussion featuring artists and cultural entrepreneurs. Join the conversation as we discuss the preservation and retention of cultural heritage through arts and crafts, technology, language, visual arts, and creative economies. How can the diaspora community engage with traditional and…

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African Diaspora Heritage Talk Series
Screening and Discussion of Homecoming

September 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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September 15, 2017 6:30–8:30 p.m. Register via Eventbrite Photograph by Tomas KaneneCelebrate the Ethiopian New Year with an intergenerational discussion on heritage and cultural identify! Join the National Museum of African Art and members of the local and global Ethiopian diaspora for a screening of Homecoming, a documentary following young adults Hanah and Natty as they travel from Toronto to their ancestral homeland of Ethiopia for the very first time. The evening will begin with a docent-led tour of the…

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October 2017

African Art Open House

October 14 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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October 14, 2017 11 a.m.–10 p.m. The Freer|Sackler Galleries are reopening, and we’re celebrating! As a part of IlluminAsia, the National Museum of African Art will host a full day—and night!—of programming exploring the connections between Africa and Asia. Freer|Sackler will reopen beginning at 6 p.m., but come by African Art next door early for storytelling, a henna station, a fun workshop just for kids, and docent-led tours throughout the day. Then, stick around for an incredible evening of art,…

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Africa in Reel Time
Moolaadé

October 21 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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October 21, 2017 1:30–4:30 p.m. Adult audiences only Join National Museum of African Art for a screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed film Moolaadé (Burkina Faso, 120 min., French and Bambara with English subtitles). From famed Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene (often called “the father of African film”) Moolaadé follows the story of Collé, a brave mother who refuses to allow her daughter to undergo female genital cutting. By standing against local tradition, Collé ignites a cultural upheaval in their…

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(Re)Visioning Her-Story:
The Black Female Body in the Black Female Imagination

October 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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October 25, 2017 6:30–9 p.m. Adult audiences only How do contemporary black women artists respond to problematic stereotypes without reinforcing them? How do they negotiate whiteness without compromising blackness? Must they all be feminists? Apologists? Activists? Join the National Museum of African Art for a conversation with Mary Sibande, Ayana V. Jackson, Panashe Chigumadzi, and Lanisa Kitchiner to discuss how they engage politics, processes, and practices as black women artists in times of increased racial tensions. The panel will explore…

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November 2017

Community Day

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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November 4, 2017 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Fun for adults, teens, and children Games • Book Signing • Tours • Storytelling • Music • Face Painting • Stilt Walkers • Henna Designs • Surprises Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts Featuring over 300 works of art, Visionary offers broad thematic connections between African artworks from across the range of time, place, and media held in the museum’s collection. 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Tours of the newly installed permanent collection. Join…

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December 2017

Kwanzaa Celebration

December 9 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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December 9, 2017 10:20 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Photograph by Zama Cook, 2016Celebrate Kwanzaa, harvest time, and new beginnings at African Art! Discover the festival’s history and themes through art and workshops. A beautiful altar will honor the holiday, the children’s division of the KanKouran West African Dance Company will perform, and museum docents will lead special family tours of the collection. Young visitors will also get the chance to learn their own dance from KanKouran instructors! 10:20 a.m., 12 p.m. Family…

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