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African Art and the Cosmos

National Museum of African Art

Renaming of African Art Museum, 1981

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
"National Museum of African Art." Smithsonian Institution Archives. Accessed June 28, 2016. http://siarchives.si.edu/history/national-museum-african-art.

In 1981, the Museum of African Art was renamed the National Museum of African Art to reflect its status as a newly acquired Smithsonian museum.

Legani Kaunda at National Museum of African Art

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in TORCH, November 1980

At National Museum of African Art, Legani Kaunda, an artist-in-residence, is at work sculpting from wood a long pipe with a hinged bottom for the tobacco.

National Museum of African Art overview

National Museum of African Art
Enjoy this slide show featuring highlights from the museum

Kankouran West African Dance at Museum of African Art

National Museum of African Art
On July 11, 2007, in front of a lively audience, Kankouran West African Dance Company delivered an exciting and engaging performance. Despite the day being one of the hottest of the summer, the performers had more than enough energy for high-powered kicks, stomping, shimmies and drumming. Between dances, Artistic Director Assane Konte spoke proudly of the 34 members in his troupe. He explained how the drum-based music and the dances tell the history of Africa. He also spoke of the importance of children and community, and he even invited young audience members to come up front and join in the dances. This local dance company, based in Washington, D.C., has been an integral part of the dance community for over 20 years.

Happy Birthday African Art, a look back

National Museum of African Art
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014--2015, presenting a series of public programs and exhibits to commemorate the opening of the original Capitol Hill museum founded by Warren Robbins June 3, 1964, in a townhouse that was originally the home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass from 1871--1877. The anniversary year will honor Robbins' vision of "cross-cultural communication through education in the arts of Africa."

African Art at the 2010 Folklife Festival

National Museum of African Art
The National Museum of African Art participated for a full day on June 25th with our own tent that created a significant presence on the mall that day. The museum's many departments joined forces to invite the public to view and discuss, with our experts, a wide variety of projects and initiatives that provide ongoing support for the Valuing World Cultures Grand Challenge of the Smithsonian. On display were: Collections, conservation, registration, exhibits, membership, education, and archives. The programming included a storytelling corner and a drumming circle. So many creative people participated in this daylong event!

National Museum of African Art with director Gus Casely-Hayford

National Museum of African Art
Explore the National Museum of African Art with director Gus Casely-Hayford. Discover why you should support the museum in its mission to inspire conversations about the beauty, power, and diversity of African arts and cultures worldwide.

Africa Underground at the National Museum of African Art

National Museum of African Art
Africa Underground opens the doors of the National Museum of African Art after hours for the public to enjoy the museum's stunning exhibitions and features performances. dancing, light refreshments and drinks. Soul Africa was provided by Juanitos and is licensed under a Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 France License.

2010 World Cup at the National Museum of African Art

National Museum of African Art
On July 11 the museum hosted a viewing party for the World Cup and as you can see, everyone had a fantastic time.

Emeka Ogboh’s Market Symphony at National Museum of African Art

National Museum of African Art
Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh brings his internationally recognized sound art to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in the new work Market Symphony. A site-specific commission by the museum, Market Symphony draws on the commercial cries and urban ambiance of Balogun, a sprawling open-air market in Lagos, Africa’s largest and most populated city. Ogboh’s “soundscape” lets visitors experience the distinctive sounds of this vibrant Nigerian metropolis and the traders who drive its daily economy, transporting us from the hush of the gallery to a commercial hive approximately 5,407 miles away.

Emeka Ogboh’s Market Symphony at National Museum of African Art

National Museum of African Art
Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh brings his internationally recognized sound art to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in the new work Market Symphony. A site-specific commission by the museum, Market Symphony draws on the commercial cries and urban ambiance of Balogun, a sprawling open-air market in Lagos, Africa’s largest and most populated city. Ogboh’s “soundscape” lets visitors experience the distinctive sounds of this vibrant Nigerian metropolis and the traders who drive its daily economy, transporting us from the hush of the gallery to a commercial hive approximately 5,407 miles away.

African Art Museums

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
List of museums in the United States with collections of African Art. Searchable by state.

Collecting African American Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Open Now: African American Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum
ThumbnailOur latest exhibition, African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, opens today and runs through September 30, 2012. The show features a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by black artists from the museum's collection.

African Vision

National Museum of African Art
Donated to the museum in 2005, the Walt Disney-Tishman collection is known for its unique and rare works of traditional African art from throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The collection has been instrumental in defining the field of African art history in the United States and abroad. This video shows the first exhibition of these prized objects. An updated version of the exhibition opened May 18, 2009.

Beatrice Birra Storytelling at African Art Museum

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Beatrice Birra dressed in traditional African clothing tells stories to an audience of children at the National Museum of African Art.

Calendar of Events (African Art)

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Calendar provides updated information on exhibitions and public programs.

National Museum of African Art, 30 years as a Smithsonian museum

National Museum of African Art
Enjoy this overview as we grow from a small, local museum to a Smithsonian museum.

Asantehe Visits Museum of African Art

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
The Asantehene or Ruler of the Asanti Kingdom visits the National Museum of African Art, accompanied by director Sharon Patton.

Inauguration music, dancing and fun at the National Museum of African Art

National Museum of African Art
In celebration of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration and Dr. Martin Luther Kings Jr. Birthday The National Museum of African Art presented: Kenyan spoken word and hip hop artist Anna Mwalahgo and her band Afro-Floetry, Monday Jan 19th 2009 @ 2:00 pm. The day was filled with so many people from around the country who came to commemorate both of these historical events . The Museum is pleased to have captured this special moment in time. Please enjoy!
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