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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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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

Workshop Wednesdays
I AM . . . Wrapped in Gold

October 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Wolof artistDakar, SenegalNecklace (bount u sindoné)Mid-20th centuryGold-plated silver alloyNational Museum of African Art, gift of Dr. Marian Ashby Johnson, 2012-18-19October 17, 2018 1:30–3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served As a prelude to the exhibition Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women, “I AM . . . Wrapped in Gold” is a do-it-yourself jewelry fashioning workshop inspired by the manufacturing, consumption, and passage of gold through Senegal and the beautiful women who adorned…

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Curatorial First Look tour of Good as Gold with Amanda Maples

October 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Fabrice Monteirob. 1972Namur, Belgium, works in Dakar, SenegalUntitled #1Signares de GoréeSaint-Louis, Senegal, 2011Exhibition print, courtesy the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, SeattleOctober 28th, 2018 2 - 4 pm National Museum of African Art Join guest curator Amanda Maples for a First Look tour of Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women. This is the first major exhibition of Senegalese gold jewelry to date that focuses on the history of Senegal’s gold, from past to present, and the beauty and complexity of…

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November 2018

Wednesday Workshops
Pendants that Please

November 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Photo creditViola Capital JeffersonNovember 7, 2018 1:30–3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served Throughout Africa, pendants of varying intricacy, material, symbolism, and meaning reflect individual cultures and regions. Pendants and charms indicate one’s status, bring good fortune, or protect their owners. Learn more about pendants and create your own to ensure well-being. Free and open to the public.

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December 2018

Kwanzaa 2018

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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