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Smithsonian Affiliations

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Links to Smithsonian Affiliate museums across the nation. Find out if there is an Affiliate near you.

Radio Africa

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Free streams of the sounds that make up the diverse music of Africa including complete tracks from the collections of Smithsonian Folkways. From the rhythms of Benin to the wedding music of Ethiopia to the traditional Zulu music of South Africa to the parade music of Senegal, you'll never know what you'll hear next. Includes podcasts of talks, interviews, story-reading.

Masters of Brass: Lost-Wax Casting in Ghana

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This video showcases two Ghanaian artists who create figurative sculpture and jewelry using the ancient technique of lost-wax casting. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.

Nagayati: Arts and Architecture among the Gabra Nomads of Kenya

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This video presents the arts and architecture of the Gabra nomads in northern Kenya, focusing on the roles of women as designers, builders, owners, and users. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.

Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group

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This video features seven contemporary Nigerian artists discussing their work and philosophies. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.

The Art of West African Strip-Woven Cloth

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This video shows the production of West African cloths woven on narrow-strip horizontal looms. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.

The Hands of the Potter

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Video featuring a demonstration by a Sundi potter in the Republic of Congo, who produces perfect vessels from moist clay. Available for a 3-week loan at no charge.

Calendar of Events (African Art)

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Calendar provides updated information on exhibitions and public programs.

African Gold: Selections from the Glassell Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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This online exhibition contains pieces made primarily by Akan artists living in Ghana and the neighboring Cote d'Ivoire.

Artful Animals

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This online exhibition presents an array of African artistic representations of domestic and untamed animals. Discover how animals are employed to tell the history and moral values of their makers.

Baga Drum, A Figurative Drum from Cote d'Ivoire

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Curriculum resource exploring the relationship among form, iconography, and function in African society, as well as the role of women and music in Baga society. Integrated classroom activities are provided.

Beautiful Bodies: Color Pots

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In this activity, children examine traditional African pots in the exhibition Beautiful Bodies and then color in the images on downloadable worksheets.

Body of Evidence (Selections from the Contemporary African Art Collection)

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This online exhibition highlights objects from the National Museum of African Art's permanent contemporary collection.

The Fabric of Moroccan Life

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Online exhibition presenting the history and significance of weaving and textiles in Moroccan culture.

Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Herm's Collection

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This online exhibition showcases art from Northern Africa. The jewelry and photographs featured here tell the story of a cultural crossroads for the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe, offering insight into the changing societies of this region.

Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art

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This online exhibition addresses the overlap of African art and the communicative power of graphic systems, language, and the written word. Students see how artists have incorporated graphic forms of communication into their work.

A Personal Journey: Central African Art from the Lawrence Gussman Collection

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The 75 pieces in this online exhibition are from more than 30 African cultures in the present-day nations of Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, and Zambia.

Design Kente Cloth

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This online activity allows the design of personal kente cloths using strips of different patterns and colors. Requires Shockwave plug-in.

African Forms in the Furniture of Pierre Legrain

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Online exhibition exploring the influence of African chairs and stools on the work of artist Pierre Legrain.

A Spiral of History

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Online exhibition focusing on the origins and artistic significance of a carved ivory tusk from the Congo.

Gifts and Blessings: Textile Arts of Madagascar

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Online exhibition examining the history and significance of cloth in the culture of the peoples of Madagascar.

Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diaspora

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This online exhibit shows representations of the water spirit Mami Wata (Mother Water). It considers how art both reflects and actively contributes to beliefs and religious practices, and to such current trends as globalization.

The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group, Nigeria

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Online exhibition presenting the works of seven artists who have either taught or studied at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. All incorporate traditional Igbo designs in their works.

Ntan Drum

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Curriculum resource providing an in-depth glance at Ntan bands, popular among the Asante peoples of Ghana between 1920s and 1950s. Provides suggestions for integrated classroom activities to accompany the material.
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