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June 2018

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A Program for Adults with Dementia and their Care-partners

June 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Bamum artistFumban, Grassfields region, CameroonMale figureLate 19th centuryWood, brass, cloth, glass beads, cowrie shells160 x 39.4 x 36.8 cm (63 x 15 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.)Gift of Evelyn A.J. Hall and John A. Friede, 85-8-1Photograph by Franko KhouryApril 24, May 29, June 26, July 24, and August 28 2–3:30 p.m. Registration is required for this program Recommended for audiences 18+ The experience of looking closely allows us to appreciate beauty, exchange ideas, share memories, or simply respond to the…

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July 2018

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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A Program for Adults with Dementia and their Care-partners

July 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Bamum artistFumban, Grassfields region, CameroonMale figureLate 19th centuryWood, brass, cloth, glass beads, cowrie shells160 x 39.4 x 36.8 cm (63 x 15 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.)Gift of Evelyn A.J. Hall and John A. Friede, 85-8-1Photograph by Franko KhouryApril 24, May 29, June 26, July 24, and August 28 2–3:30 p.m. Registration is required for this program Recommended for audiences 18+ The experience of looking closely allows us to appreciate beauty, exchange ideas, share memories, or simply respond to the…

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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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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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A Program for Adults with Dementia and their Care-partners

August 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Bamum artistFumban, Grassfields region, CameroonMale figureLate 19th centuryWood, brass, cloth, glass beads, cowrie shells160 x 39.4 x 36.8 cm (63 x 15 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.)Gift of Evelyn A.J. Hall and John A. Friede, 85-8-1Photograph by Franko KhouryApril 24, May 29, June 26, July 24, and August 28 2–3:30 p.m. Registration is required for this program Recommended for audiences 18+ The experience of looking closely allows us to appreciate beauty, exchange ideas, share memories, or simply respond to the…

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September 2018

Artist talk by Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow (SARF) Ayana V. Jackson. Wednesday, September 19 at 12pm

September 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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National Museum of African Art Lecture Hall 12 pm Image: Wild as the WindAyana V. Jackson, 2015Jackson has been collecting and researching reference materials that will assist in her construction and visualization for a forthcoming series. At the foundation of this series lies the myth of Drexciya, an idea created by a Detroit based electronica band of the same name. According to these early afro-futurists this colony, rooted on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, is populated by the descendants…

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October 2018

2018 African Art Awards Dinner

October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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On October 26, 2018, join the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art for the premiere event celebrating the dynamic diverse arts of Africa at the third annual African Art Awards Dinner. For the past two years, the museum has honored the brightest lights in the arts and arts philanthropy at a black-tie dinner held right on the iconic National Mall. This year, we are proud to announce that we will present awards to the incredible artists Edson Chagas and Wangechi…

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