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August 2017

Africa in Reel Time
Maami

August 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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August 19, 2017 2 p.m. Image courtesy Mainframe Film and TelevisionAs a part of the Africa in Reel Time series, join the National Museum of African Art for a screening of Maami (dir. Tunde Kelani, 2011, Nigeria, 93 min., Yoruba with English subtitles). Based on the Nigerian novel of the same name, Maami unfolds over two days leading up to the 2010 World Cup as professional soccer player Kashimawo (Wole Ojo) thinks back on his painful childhood. In particular, he…

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September 2017
Workshop Wednesday

Workshop Wednesdays
Bead Making

September 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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September 20 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…

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African Diaspora Heritage Talk Series
Preserving Cultural Heritage through the Arts

September 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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September 6, 2017 6–8:30 p.m. Register via Eventbrite Celebrate African Heritage Month with the National Museum of African Art and members of the local and global African diaspora community! Docent-led highlights tours will kick off the evening, followed by a community discussion featuring artists and cultural entrepreneurs. Join the conversation as we discuss the preservation and retention of cultural heritage through arts and crafts, technology, language, visual arts, and creative economies. How can the diaspora community engage with traditional and…

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African Diaspora Heritage Talk Series
Screening and Discussion of Homecoming

September 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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September 15, 2017 6:30–8:30 p.m. Register via Eventbrite Photograph by Tomas KaneneCelebrate the Ethiopian New Year with an intergenerational discussion on heritage and cultural identify! Join the National Museum of African Art and members of the local and global Ethiopian diaspora for a screening of Homecoming, a documentary following young adults Hanah and Natty as they travel from Toronto to their ancestral homeland of Ethiopia for the very first time. The evening will begin with a docent-led tour of the…

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Workshop Wednesdays
The Big Draw

September 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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1:30-3:30 p.m. Space is limited; register by calling 202.633.4632 Join us at the National Museum of African Art to beat the heat and engage with art! Receive a brief introduction on African art and drawing fundamentals from the museum’s curator of education Deborah Stokes. Then, be guided through our African Mosaic exhibition to get inspired by original works of art and sketch your own masterpiece. Meet at the museum’s information desk at 1:30 p.m. to get started. All materials will…

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Haitian Youth Choir and Ensemble

September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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September 22, 2017 1–2 p.m. Enid A. Haupt Garden Photograph courtesy St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, South CarolinaJoin us for an outdoor concert from the Haitian Youth Choir of Port-au-Prince! This children’s vocal choir, accompanied by a seven-piece string ensemble, will perform Haitian folk and sacred music in the Smithsonian’s historic Enid A. Haupt Garden. Enjoy Haiti’s rich musical traditions while drawing awareness to the country’s ongoing rebuilding effort and need for assistance. Free and open to the public

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October 2017

African Art Open House

October 14 @ 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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(Re)Visioning Her-Story:
The Black Female Body in the Black Female Imagination

October 25 @ 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

Africa in Reel Time
The Price

November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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November 18, 2017 Two screenings: 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. To RSVP via Eventbrite, click here Image courtesy Samuel Goldwyn FilmsJoin the National Museum of African Art for the exclusive D.C. premiere of 2017’s SXSW-selected film The Price (USA, 91 min., English and Yoruba)! The film follows first generation Nigerian-American Seyi Ogunde (Aml Ameen) in a quintessentially American story of success, love, and family. As the young financier’s ambition increasingly pulls him down a criminal path, Seyi must confront the…

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December 2017

Kwanzaa Celebration

December 9 @ 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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