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May 2018

Workshop Wednesdays
Bead Making

May 2 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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May 2 1:30–3:30 p.m. Throughout Africa, people have long utilized colorful, distinct beads to adorn their bodies and to express identity and status. Create your own version of the paper beads crafted in many African villages. Then, string them together to create a unique piece of jewelry! This workshop is presented as part of the museum’s series of Workshop Wednesdays. Every first Wednesday of the month, stop by the museum for drop-in classes from trained teachers. Stay for as little or…

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Workshop Wednesdays
Swahili Arts: Proverbs and Poetry

May 16 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Unknown artistTanzaniaFactory-printed cloth (kanga)1962Cotton, dye114.9 x 339.7 cm (45 1/4 x 133 3/4 in.)Gift of Glenn and Alexandria Garrison, from the collection of Joseph J. Shapiro, 79-25-1May 16 1:30–3:30 p.m. Discover the proverbs and poetry of Swahili with artist, actress, poet, and performer Ana Mwalagho! Swahili, also known as Kiswahili, is a Bantu language and the first language of the Swahili people. In the African Great Lakes and Southeast regions, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, and the Democratic…

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Re-Visioning Africa Through the Creative Lens with Cyrus Kabiru

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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First Look
World on the Horizon

May 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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May 20 2018 2–3 p.m. Join curator Kevin Dumouchelle for a First Look tour of World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean. Meet in the museum’s pavilion at 2 p.m. Tours limited to 30 people on a first-come basis.

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Masterclass Workshop with Master Artist Victor Ekpuk

May 26 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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May 26, 2018 1:30–4:30 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required for this program; please register via Eventbrite For audiences 16+ Meditation on Memory,photograph by Javier Labrador Deulofeu,Havana Biennial, 2015Explore how writing, art, and culture collide in this special workshop guided by internationally recognized artist Victor Ekpuk! From this interplay, Ekpuk re-imagines graphic symbols from diverse cultures to create his own personal style of mark making. The Nigerian-born, D.C.-based artist will discuss his own art and its inspiration from…

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African Diaspora Heritage Talk Series
Screening and Discussion of Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew

May 27 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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May 27, 2018 1:30–5 p.m. Please register via Eventbrite 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…

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Africa Day Celebration

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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May 30, 2018 6–9:30 p.m. Observed in Africa and around the world, Africa Day commemorates the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963. Today, the OAU is known as the African Union (AU), and their Pan African Diaspora Women Association (AU|PADWA) is partnering with the National Museum of African Art for an incredible evening to celebrate Africa Day. Yinka Shonibare MBEb. 1962, EnglandBlack Gold I2006Acrylic paint on Dutch wax-printed cotton canvas330 x 673 cm (129…

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June 2018

Workshop Wednesdays
Coil Basket Making

June 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Possibly Tswana artistBotswanaBasketLate 20th centuryPlant fiber, dye38.8 x 37.6 x 37.5 cm (15 1/4 x 14 13/16 x 14 3/4 in.)Museum purchase, 89-9-1June 6 1:30–3:30 p.m. Learn the basics of coiling—a method widely used throughout Africa to make incredible vessels! Found in both pottery and basket making, stop by the museum to discover this essential technique and craft a basket from paper coils. Shape, color, texture, and decoration are limited only by your imagination. This workshop is presented as part…

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Africa Beteseb (Family) Portrait Day

June 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Photograph courtesy Victor OdworiJune 16, 2018 6–9 p.m. Join the National Museum of African Art for an evening of painting and beautiful Malian music under the summer skies! Start by getting inspired during a guided tour of World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean. This exhibition particularly highlights the personal, including home architecture and gorgeous articles of adornment. A wide range of fun studio photography demonstrates the cross-cultural influences in Swahili cultures and the incredible diversity of…

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Workshop Wednesdays
Swahili Arts: Music and Dance

June 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Swahili Arts - Music and DanceJune 20 1:30–3:30 p.m. Get ready to dance with artist, actress, poet, and performer Ana Mwalagho! East Africa’s coast has been a vibrant arena of global cultural convergence for over a millennium. Its location on the Indian Ocean has brought together people from the Arabian Peninsula, Asia, Africa, and Europe to form something unique: Swahili, or WaSwahili, culture. Join us for a workshop featuring the incredible, diverse music and dance of the Swahili coast. Come…

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