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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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African Diaspora Heritage Talk Series
Screening and Discussion of Footprints of Pan Africanism

June 10 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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June 10, 2018 12:30–4:30 p.m. Image courtesy Mypheduh FilmsJoin the National Museum of African Art for a screening of Footprints of Pan Africanism (dir. Shirikiana Aina, 2018, USA, 96 min., English). In this new documentary, follow the lives of African Americans who emigrated Ghana following Kwame Nkrumah’s call to help rebuild the newly independent country and to create a liberated Pan-African territory. Explore the powerful bonds created between Africans on the continent and in the diaspora to recover from the…

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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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See Me
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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