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Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

  • 950 Independence Ave. SW Map It
  • The Mall

Published 07/20/2015

Fodor's Review

This unique underground building houses stunning galleries, a library, photographic archives, and educational facilities. The rotating exhibits illuminate African visual arts, including sculpture, textiles, photography, archaeology, and modern art. In celebration of the museum's 50th anniversary, Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue is on display through January 26, 2016. The sculptures, mixed-media pieces, photographs, and paintings showcase myriad ways African and African American artists explore nature, politics, family, spirituality, music, and urban culture. Long-term installations explore the sculpture of sub-Saharan Africa, the art of Benin, the pottery of Central Africa, the archaeology of the ancient Nubian city of Kerma, and artistry of everyday objects. The museum's educational programs for both children and adults include films with contemporary perspectives on African life, storytelling programs, and festivals including Community Day. The

hands-on workshops, such as traditional basket weaving, bring Africa's oral and cultural traditions to life. Workshops and demonstrations by African and African American artists offer a chance to meet and talk to practicing artists. The well-stocked museum shop sells collectibles, pottery, art, jewelry, books, and maps.

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Sight Information

Address:

950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20560, USA

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Phone:

202-633–4600

Website: africa.si.edu

Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 07/20/2015

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