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October 2017

African Art Open House

October 14, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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March 2018

Celebrating the Ongoing Legacy of Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart at 60

March 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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April 2018

The Dark Continent
Artist Talk with Lina Iris Viktor

April 26 @ 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 2018

African Diaspora Heritage Talk Series
Screening and Discussion of Footprints of Pan Africanism

June 10 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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June 10, 2018 12:30–4:30 p.m. Image courtesy Mypheduh FilmsJoin the National Museum of African Art for a screening of Footprints of Pan Africanism (dir. Shirikiana Aina, 2018, USA, 96 min., English). In this new documentary, follow the lives of African Americans who emigrated Ghana following Kwame Nkrumah’s call to help rebuild the newly independent country and to create a liberated Pan-African territory. Explore the powerful bonds created between Africans on the continent and in the diaspora to recover from the…

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September 2018

Shifting the Lens: Diaspora Perspectives on Architecture and Design.

September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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September 29, 2018 2–4 p.m. National Museum of African Art 950 Independence Ave SW

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October 2018

Film and Discussion
African Diaspora Heritage Talk Series

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, 20560
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GUANGZHOU DREAM FACTORYImmigration, Globalization, Chinese Factories, African Dreams . . .Guangzhou Dream Factory October 3, 2018 7–9 p.m. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art 1050 Independence Avenue SW Guangzhou Dream Factory (2018, 65 min., English and Mandarin with English subtitles) explores the evolving relationship between China and Africa. Guangzhou, aka Canton, is southern China’s centuries-old trading port and, today, a mecca of mass consumption. Every year more than half a million Africans travel to Guangzhou to buy goods to resell…

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