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May 2018

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean

May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Located at the crossroads of Africa and the Indian Ocean, the Swahili Coast has been a site of long-distance trade and migration for millennia. A tour of the exhibition takes visitors into the streets and homes of Swahili port towns and beyond, and highlights the arts of diplomacy and trade, the built environment and domestic interiors, society and fashion, and spiritual knowledge and pious devotion. Bridging multiple continents, the works in this exhibition reveal the truly global nature of African…

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A Program for Adults with Dementia and their Care-partners

May 29 @ 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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World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean

May 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Located at the crossroads of Africa and the Indian Ocean, the Swahili Coast has been a site of long-distance trade and migration for millennia. A tour of the exhibition takes visitors into the streets and homes of Swahili port towns and beyond, and highlights the arts of diplomacy and trade, the built environment and domestic interiors, society and fashion, and spiritual knowledge and pious devotion. Bridging multiple continents, the works in this exhibition reveal the truly global nature of African…

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Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts

May 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Tour the National Museum of African Art’s permanent collection.  Featuring over 300 works of art, Visionary is the museum’s first exhibition to offer broad thematic connections between works from across the spectrum of times, places, and media represented in the museum’s holdings.  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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Africa Day Celebration

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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May 30, 2018 6–9:30 p.m. Observed in Africa and around the world, Africa Day commemorates the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963. Today, the OAU is known as the African Union (AU), and their Pan African Diaspora Women Association (AU|PADWA) is partnering with the National Museum of African Art for an incredible evening to celebrate Africa Day. Yinka Shonibare MBEb. 1962, EnglandBlack Gold I2006Acrylic paint on Dutch wax-printed cotton canvas330 x 673 cm (129…

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World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean

May 31 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Located at the crossroads of Africa and the Indian Ocean, the Swahili Coast has been a site of long-distance trade and migration for millennia. A tour of the exhibition takes visitors into the streets and homes of Swahili port towns and beyond, and highlights the arts of diplomacy and trade, the built environment and domestic interiors, society and fashion, and spiritual knowledge and pious devotion. Bridging multiple continents, the works in this exhibition reveal the truly global nature of African…

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Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts

May 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Tour the National Museum of African Art’s permanent collection.  Featuring over 300 works of art, Visionary is the museum’s first exhibition to offer broad thematic connections between works from across the spectrum of times, places, and media represented in the museum’s holdings.  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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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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Africa Beteseb (Family) Portrait Day

June 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Photograph courtesy Victor OdworiJune 16, 2018 6–9 p.m. Join the National Museum of African Art for an evening of painting and beautiful Malian music under the summer skies! Start by getting inspired during a guided tour of World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean. This exhibition particularly highlights the personal, including home architecture and gorgeous articles of adornment. A wide range of fun studio photography demonstrates the cross-cultural influences in Swahili cultures and the incredible diversity of…

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