Discover the art and power of storytelling with acclaimed novelist, publisher, and performer Yamkela TYWAKADI in an intensive 3-day writing workshop at the National Museum of African Art. Through dialogue, close looking and a series of writing exercises, participants will draw inspiration from artworks in our groundbreaking exhibition, I Am … Contemporary Women Artists of Africa, as they produce their own personal narrative and literary masterpiece.About the Instructor:
Yamkela Tywakadi has published 15 books, many of them in indigenous South African languages. She is currently working on a non-fiction study of women who helped to build modern South Africa in business, politics, academia, and the arts. Tywakadi founded a mobile app company and previously served as head of trade publishing at Sifiso Publishers. She is on the Mail & Guardian’s list of 200 Young South African Leaders for 2019 and a current fellow of the prestigious International Writing Program at the University of IOWA.
Tuesday, October 22, 10:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.
Wednes., October 23, 10:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 24, 10:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.
Participants are asked to bring their own writing materials and to remain for the full duration of the program. Space is limited. Lunch is provided.
The program is held in collaboration with the University of Iowa, International Writers Program.
Closes October 14, 2019
Last weekend to view Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths
Join fellow art enthusiasts for one more look and a curator-led tour of the critically acclaimed exhibition Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths before it closes on October 14. You don’t want to miss this exciting exhibition!
Heroes: Principles of African Greatness
Opens November 16, 2019
Be your best. This is the quest that the greatest of heroes model for us. Through their journeys, struggles, and triumphs, exceptional individuals exemplify values that we celebrate in tales of heroic accomplishment.
Through art, artists tell such stories—stories of the world’s current complexity, but also visions of a world that could yet be. Heroes: Principles of African Greatness features artworks from the National Museum of African Art’s permanent collection that tell the story of key heroic principles and personages in Africa’s arts and history. Throughout, core values are considered as each artwork is paired with a specific historic African individual who embodies the value expressed in the selected work.
Discover Africa’s heroes—some well-known, others perhaps surprising—and see artworks in new ways.