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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 under Construction

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in TORCH, June 1986

The National Museum of African Art is under construction. The photograph, taken from the top of the Smithsonian Institution Building, shows workers adding copper covering on the domes and the pink granite on the sides of the building. The hexagonal patio in the foreground, still under construction, will be the centerpiece of an Islamic garden with a waterfall, central water jet and seating walls shaded by eight hawthorn trees. A portion of the Arts and Industries Building is also visible in photograph.

National Museum of African Art overview

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

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.

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.

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.

Ed Lifschitz

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in TORCH, November 1978

Ed Lifschitz, academic coordinator of the National Museum of African Art's Department of Higher Education.

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.

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!

Earth Works - A collaboration between the National Museum of African Art and Smithsonian Gardens

National Museum of African Art
In a first-ever installation of land art on the National Mall, three artists have been invited to create site-specific earthworks in the historic Enid A. Haupt Garden. Strijdom van der Merwe of South Africa, El Anatsui of Ghana and Nigeria, and Ghada Amer of Egypt have each turned to the land as a canvas to explore such diverse and interrelated issues as memory, history and land use; spirituality, materiality, and environmental sustainability; and gender and the interconnections between hunger and political corruption. These works also challenge the absence of African artists from the discourse on land arts and reinforce awareness of how the earth works, as a medium and as a message.

Warren Robbins: Founder of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art

Smithsonian Institution Archives
On August 13, 1979, the Museum of African Art became a part of the Smithsonian Institution. The papers of Warren M. Robbins, founder of the museum, were donated to the Smithsonian Institution Archives in the fall of 2010 by his wife, Lydia Robbins. The images in this video come from the Robbins Papers and are a but a small portion of the materials that document the life of Warren Robbins.
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