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June 2018

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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Solstice Saturday

June 23 @ 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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June 23 5:30 p.m.–midnight Celebrate the 2018 summer solstice at this special after-hours event, with museums open until midnight across the Smithsonian. As the stars align above the National Museum of African Art, experience the art and cultures of Africa through outdoor performances, art activities, unique tours, and late-night access to our exhibitions. Take one of our pop-up tours (20 min.) and discover how artists from Africa look to the skies for a galaxy of inspiration! DJ KWERK will be…

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July 2018

Mosaic Medley
Performance by Gran’Mah

July 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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July 17, 2018 1–2:30 p.m. Photograph courtesy Gran’MahLike a colorful mosaic made from a thousand pieces of brilliant glass, African Mosaic takes its shape from a dazzling spectrum of art that reflects the diversity and outstanding quality of Africa’s arts in all media. This exhibition of the museum’s permanent collection includes a wide array of incredible art, from paintings to sculptures, flashy jewelry demonstrates Inspired by African Mosaic, get your groove on and join us for a performance from Mozambique’s…

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Workshop Wednesdays
More Than Doors

July 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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July 18 1:30–3:30 p.m. Make a grand entrance! West African artists have a long tradition of producing beautiful doors and locks for granaries, shrines, homes, and royal palaces. Of equal interest are the beautiful doors and door frames that adorn homes and buildings along East Africa’s Indian Ocean coast, typical of Swahili architecture. Join us to discover the beauty and symbolism this rare form of art and architecture. Then, create your own personal version using cardboard and other materials for…

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August 2018

Workshop Wednesdays
The Eyes Have It

August 1 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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August 1 1:30–3:30 p.m. Learn about the art of the ancient kingdom of Benin, and how its artists used a stylized African eye motif throughout their sculpture. Then, break the down the shapes of this traditional design element to create your own contemporary abstract work of art! 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…

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Elephant Day at NMAfA
Sunday, August 12!

August 12
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Explore our exhibitions for elephant-inspired art and then join a docent-led tour featuring ivory masterworks. 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Akan artist, GhanaDisplay objectMetal, gold wash6.4 × 8.6 × 5.1 cm (2 1/2 × 3 3/8 × 2 in.)Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins, 2014-32-42Celebrate 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.…

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Workshop Wednesdays
Card Design with Adinkra Symbols

August 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Asante artistGhanaWrapper (adinkra)Mid- to late 19th centuryImported cotton cloth, black pigment194.5 x 285.6 cm (76 9/16 x 112 7/16 in.)Museum purchase, 83-3-8August 15 1:30–3:30 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of design fun with local graphic artist and designer Sharmila Karamchandani! Developed and used by many different cultures in western Africa, adinkra symbols are visual representations of concepts and proverbs that originated from the Ashanti peoples of Ghana. Historically, they were used on funerary cloth by royalty and the wealthy…

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The Story of the Afo-A-Kom

August 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Photograph by Evan Schneider, 1974August 16, 2018 12 p.m. Join us for a talk from artist, scholar, and activist Sam Hopkins as he discusses his practice and current research at the National Museum of African Art into the remarkable return of the Afo-a-Kom. In 1966, this sacred carved figure was stolen from the kingdom of Kom in east Cameroon, only to reappear several years later for sale in a gallery in Manhattan. Hopkins will follow this history and the Afo-A-Kom’s…

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Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art Opens Its Doors for Community Day on Aug. 18

August 18 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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The National Museum of African Art’s annual Community Day is Saturday, August 18, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. This year’s community day is in celebration of the World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean exhibition currently on display. Visitors of all ages may experience special performances and events intended to inspire. Learn more about the people and cultures of Africa and its diaspora through fashion, crafts, song, dance, comedy, art, exhibition tours, and more. This event…

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