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August 2018

African Art’s Highlights Tour

August 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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Go on an impromptu tour with one our docents. African Art’s Highlights 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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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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Shifting the Lens: Diaspora Perspectives on Architecture and Design.

September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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September 29, 2018 2–4 p.m. National Museum of African Art 950 Independence Ave SW

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October 2018

Film and Discussion
African Diaspora Heritage Talk Series

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, 20560
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GUANGZHOU DREAM FACTORYImmigration, Globalization, Chinese Factories, African Dreams . . .Guangzhou Dream Factory October 3, 2018 7–9 p.m. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art 1050 Independence Avenue SW Guangzhou Dream Factory (2018, 65 min., English and Mandarin with English subtitles) explores the evolving relationship between China and Africa. Guangzhou, aka Canton, is southern China’s centuries-old trading port and, today, a mecca of mass consumption. Every year more than half a million Africans travel to Guangzhou to buy goods to resell…

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Objects & Stories: Excavating Memories of the Middle Passage: A talk with Victor Ekpuk

October 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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Victor Ekpukb. 1964, NigeriaSlave Narrative2007Pastel and graphite on paper152cm x 114cmGift of the artist and museum purchase, 2010-8-1October 16, 2018 12 p.m. Lecture Hall Join us for a talk with artist Victor Ekpuk as he discusses his artistic practice and current research at the National Museum of African Art and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Ekpuk, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, has been looking into objects and archival documents related to the trans-Atlantic slave trade from…

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Workshop Wednesdays
I AM . . . Wrapped in Gold

October 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Wolof artistDakar, SenegalNecklace (bount u sindoné)Mid-20th centuryGold-plated silver alloyNational Museum of African Art, gift of Dr. Marian Ashby Johnson, 2012-18-19October 17, 2018 1:30–3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served As a prelude to the exhibition Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women, “I AM . . . Wrapped in Gold” is a do-it-yourself jewelry fashioning workshop inspired by the manufacturing, consumption, and passage of gold through Senegal and the beautiful women who adorned…

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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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Africa’s Contemporary Art for the Future

October 27 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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