Celebrate the 2018 summer solstice at this special after-hours event, with museums open until midnight across the Smithsonian. As the stars align above the National Museum of African Art, experience the art and cultures of Africa through outdoor performances, art activities, unique tours, and late-night access to our exhibitions.
Take one of our pop-up tours (20 min.) and discover how artists from Africa look to the skies for a galaxy of inspiration! DJ KWERK will be spinning Afro beats under the night’s sky in the Fountain Garden from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. While listening to his Afropolitan mix, design and your own constellation with our STAR activity in the Haupt Garden. Then, create an origin story for your imagined cosmic constellation. Bring the whole family and make it a memorable night!
Solstice Saturday (June 23) is a Smithsonian-wide celebration with special events, programming, and late-night hours at Smithsonian museums. It is presented in collaboration with the citywide By the People festival (June 21–24).
For a city-wide schedule, visit www.si.edu/solsticesaturday
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 the Indian Ocean region.
Then, head out the Enid A. Haupt Garden to make your very own portrait! Use your portrait to consider questions of identities, nationalities, and how we represent ourselves to the world.
Free and open to the public. Please RSVP via Eventbrite