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October 2018

Africa’s Contemporary Art for the Future

October 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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October 27th, 2018 2 - 4 pm National Museum of African Art Free and open to the public. First come, first seated.

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Curatorial First Look tour of Good as Gold with Amanda Maples

October 28, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Museum closed

December 25, 2018
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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February 2019

Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – The Eyes Have It

February 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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February 6 
@ 1:30-3:30 p.m. 
Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 
First come, first served Learn about the art of the kingdom of Benin and how its artists used a stylized African eye motif throughout their sculpture. Then, breakdown the shapes of this traditional design element to create your own contemporary abstract work of art. Emphasis will be placed on the elements of art—line, shape, color, and texture—and the principles of balance, rhythm, emphasis, and harmony. This…

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African Drum Circle

February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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February 15, 2019 1–2 p.m. With over 25 varieties of drums and other percussion instruments, Kwame Ansah-Brew explores African percussions and rhythms by engaging visitors through call-and-response. The improvised interactive music circle encourages group expression and facilitates activities such as team building, wellness, education, and person growth. Come join African Art for an afternoon of musical expression and fun for the entire family! Presented as part of the 2019 Smithsonian Year of Music. Free and open to the public.

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Film and Discussion
Africa Diaspora Heritage Talk Series

February 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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The Train of Salt and Sugar February 15, 2019 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Historically, metals such as iron drastically affected the socio-economic advancement and migrations of civilizations worldwide. The Train of Salt and Sugar mixes fact and fiction from the lives of many individuals impacted by years of devastating war that occurred from the early ’60s through the early ’90s as Mozambique fought for independence from Portugal and then internally with a civil war. Follow a train and its passengers—civilians…

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Docent tour: African Arts Highlights.

February 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Go on an impromptu tour with one our docents. African Art’s Highlight tours yield lively exchanges about African art, history, and culture. Visitors will roam the galleries with a knowledgeable docent that is ready to discuss or answer questions about current exhibitions. All tours are subject to docent availability, and last-minute cancellations may occur. Tours meet at the Information Desk in the pavilion on the ground floor. Please ask the volunteer at the Information Desk about availability of additional tours

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Docent tour: African Arts Highlights.

February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Go on an impromptu tour with one our docents. African Art’s Highlight tours yield lively exchanges about African art, history, and culture. Visitors will roam the galleries with a knowledgeable docent that is ready to discuss or answer questions about current exhibitions. All tours are subject to docent availability, and last-minute cancellations may occur.  Tours meet at the Information Desk in the pavilion on the ground floor. Please ask the volunteer at the Information Desk about availability of additional tours.

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