National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution Open daily 10:00am - 5:30pm Address: 950 Independence Avenue SW, Washington DC 20013
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Mission: To inspire conversations about the beauty, power and diversity of African arts and cultures worldwide.

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National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
02/12/2020

National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

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Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the conservation department is offering a paid summer internship to students ...
12/11/2019

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the conservation department is offering a paid summer internship to students who have completed at least one year of college, who have a strong interest in science, art, art history, history, anthropology or archaeology and who have at least a 3.0 gpa. Interns will be given an introduction to the field of art conservation, learn about documentation, preventive care and exhibits conservation. Assignments may include: environmental monitoring, writing reports, photographic documentation, housing objects for storage, lab organizational tasks, and participating in research projects.
As part of an initiative designed to promote diversity in the profession and conservation training, the ten-week internship will commence in June 2020 and offers a $6,000 stipend plus additional funds to help defray the cost of travel to Washington DC. The internship is open only to US citizens and permanent residents.

Applicants must register and submit an online application via the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA). After registering, sign onto the SOLAA system. At the top of the screen, select “Start your Application”; Select “Internship” and “National Museum of African Art” from the drop-down program lists. All materials should be submitted through the SOLAA system.
Application requirements via SOLAA
-Short essay (no more than three pages total)
1) A statement of your interest in an internship at the NMAfA and what you hope to gain from the experience; please state how you found out about the internship.
2) Please discuss the impact that a funded internship would have on you and your education.
3) Provide a short biography describing your background, personal history, interests and major/minor (if declared).
-Curriculum Vitae or Resume
-Undergraduate transcripts (unofficial)
-Two letters of reference

Hi at the National Museum of African Art. is a revolutionary in-gallery art guide that uses image recognition to scan ar...
12/11/2019

Hi at the National Museum of African Art.

is a revolutionary in-gallery art guide that uses image recognition to scan art as you go, instantly unlocking exclusive artist videos and insider info. Connect with the story behind the stories like never before in our new Heroes exhibition.

ART LOVER, MEET ART MAKER.
Hear directly from our Director, with original videos that welcome you to the deeper stories in Heroes. Listen as he tells the captivating stories that made these Heroes what they are.

GET STARTED IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
During your next National Museum of African Art visit, just go to hi.si.edu—no app downloads or waiting required. As you explore the gallery, Hi will use the latest image recognition technology to scan the art in front of you and deliver fascinating insights straight to your Android or iPhone.
Hi has been made possible with support from Janine and J. Tomilson Hill and the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

Be your best. This is the quest that the greatest of heroes model for us. Through their journeys, struggles, and triumph...
12/11/2019

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.

https://africa.si.edu/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/heroes-principles-of-african-greatness/

#AfricanHeroes

Happy #AskAConservator Day!  #NMAfAconservation is participating along with art conservators around the world who will b...
11/04/2019

Happy #AskAConservator Day! #NMAfAconservation is participating along with art conservators around the world who will be answering questions and sharing their work on social media. Ask us questions about art conservation, collections care, how to become a conservator, or art materials and manufacture techniques... And follow the hashtag to see who else is participating! #artconservation

‘I THINK, THEREFORE I AM’:AN INTENSIVE CREATIVE WRITING  WORKSHOP FOCUSED ON TELLING YOUR OWN STORY’ Discover the art an...
10/10/2019

‘I THINK, THEREFORE I AM’:
AN INTENSIVE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP FOCUSED ON TELLING YOUR OWN STORY’

Discover the art and power of storytelling with acclaimed novelist, publisher, and performer #YamkelaTYWAKADI 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 African Women Writers, as they produce their own personal narrative and literary masterpiece.

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.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smithsonian-african-art-museum-presents-a-creative-writing-workshop-tickets-76144224425

2019 AFRICAN ART AWARDS TICKETS AVAILABLE!-Join us for our annual premier event - the African Art Awards - honoring this...
09/12/2019

2019 AFRICAN ART AWARDS TICKETS AVAILABLE!
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Join us for our annual premier event - the African Art Awards - honoring this years’ recipients #NjidekaAkunyiliCrosby and #EliasSime . As we host the brightest lights in the arts of Africa, the museum celebrates the dynamic diverse arts of Africa. The evening features a menu designed by Senegalese chef #PierreThiam, awards ceremony, and live entertainment.
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To purchase tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please click the link in the bio!!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!-The National Museum of African Art’s annual Community Day is THIS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14th, from 11 ...
09/12/2019

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
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The National Museum of African Art’s annual Community Day is THIS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14th, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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This year’s theme is “Senegalese Arts and Culture” in celebration of the, “Good As Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women” exhibition open at the museum through September 29th! The event is free and open to the public.
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Each year, the museum opens its doors so visitors of all ages may experience special performances and events intended to inspire them to learn more about the people and cultures of Africa and its diaspora through dance, crafts, music, fashion, food, exhibition tours and more.
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#NMAFA #CommunityDay

Join #NMAFA in welcoming the Haitian Youth Choir of the Holy Trinity Music School (Les Petites Chanteurs) and the seven-...
09/12/2019

Join #NMAFA in welcoming the Haitian Youth Choir of the Holy Trinity Music School (Les Petites Chanteurs) and the seven-piece Chamber Ensemble of Port-Au Prince Haiti once again.
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This annual event, begun following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, highlights the talent of the school and draws awareness to Haiti’s ongoing rebuilding effort and need for assistance.
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The choir of 30 boys and girls and ensemble will perform choral and instrumental works of Haitian folk and sacred music.
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Presented in conjunction with the #SmithsonianYearOfMusic
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Free and open to the public!!

Artist Elias Sime is a recipient of the 2019 African Art Award, presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum Of Africa...
09/10/2019

Artist Elias Sime is a recipient of the 2019 African Art Award, presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum Of African Art.
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#EliasSime is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in relief sculpture and architecture. Sime looks past the emotional weighting of new versus old, instead finding renewal everywhere, and taking greatest interest in the way that objects and ideas can connect in new ways.

Artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby is a recipient of the 2019 African Art Award, presented by the Smithsonian’s National Mus...
09/10/2019

Artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby is a recipient of the 2019 African Art Award, presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum Of African Art.
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#NjidekaAkunyiliCrosby is a visual artist working primarily in mixed-media paintings and collage, where she connects visual cues from Nigeria, Los Angeles and elsewhere to represent the hybrid experience of people who move, travel and share experiences across borders.

2019 AFRICAN ART AWARDS TICKETS AVAILABLE!-Join us for our annual premier event - the African Art Awards - honoring this...
09/10/2019

2019 AFRICAN ART AWARDS TICKETS AVAILABLE!
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Join us for our annual premier event - the African Art Awards - honoring this years’ recipients #NjidekaAkunyiliCrosby and #EliasSime . As we host the brightest lights in the arts of Africa, the museum celebrates the dynamic diverse arts of Africa. The evening features a menu designed by Senegalese chef #PierreThiam, awards ceremony, and live entertainment.
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To purchase tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please click the link in the bio!!

2019 AFRICAN ART AWARDS TICKETS AVAILABLE!-Join us for our annual premier event - the African Art Awards - honoring this...
09/03/2019

2019 AFRICAN ART AWARDS TICKETS AVAILABLE!
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Join us for our annual premier event - the African Art Awards - honoring this years recipients #NjidekaAkunyiliCrosby and #EliasSime . As we host the brightest lights in the arts of Africa, the museum celebrates the dynamic diverse arts of Africa. The evening features a menu designed by Senegalese chef #PierreThiam, awards ceremony, and live entertainment.
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To purchase tickets and sponsorship opportunities please click the link in the bio!!

Looking back at another fun #NMAfAConservation summer intern project -Alexandria carefully cleaned this gourd and basket...
09/02/2019

Looking back at another fun #NMAfAConservation summer intern project -Alexandria carefully cleaned this gourd and basketry container to remove insect frass and debris.
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The object was previously frozen to kill any possible live insects without using harmful or toxic pesticides.
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#AndrewMellonFoundation #SmithsonianIntern #ArtConservation #IPM #IntegratedPestManagement

Yesterday, NMAFA staff gave the African Union’s committee responsible for developing the Great Museum of Africa set to o...
08/29/2019

Yesterday, NMAFA staff gave the African Union’s committee responsible for developing the Great Museum of Africa set to open in Algeria in 2022 an in-depth tour of the #NMAfA departments and current exhibitions. @ National Museum of African Art

08/05/2019

Watch as #NMAfAconservation removes the crate from around @PaaJoeCoffins large model of Fort William-Anomabu. Conservation
summer interns Alexandria and Kasha will be helping prepare this object for exhibition in “Heroes: Principles of African Greatness” opening this fall. Stay tuned to see more of their work! #teamwork
#artconservation #AfricanHeroes #Ghana

Come see the conservation treatment completed by #NMAfAconservation contract painting conservator Erin Stephenson. Swipe...
07/29/2019

Come see the conservation treatment completed by #NMAfAconservation contract painting conservator Erin Stephenson. Swipe to see a photomicrograph of the cracks and losses in the paint that were repaired. @Patience_Torlowei’s painted gown Ester is now on display in the “I Am…Contemporary Women Artists of Africa” exhibition.
#IAmNMAfA #artconservation @ National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

#NMAfAconservation Fellow Julia Campbell-Such removes excess PVA adhesive from an old repair on a twin figure (ere ibeji...
07/22/2019

#NMAfAconservation Fellow Julia Campbell-Such removes excess PVA adhesive from an old repair on a twin figure (ere ibeji) that was donated to NMAfA by sculptor Chaim Gross in the 1970’s. Ere ibeji are sculpted figures created to commemorate twins who have died, and the practice of keeping and caring for twin figures is part of the larger cultural consideration for twins in the Yoruba tradition. #Yoruba #Nigeria #artconservation #conservatorsofinstagram @ National Museum of African Art

#NMAfAconservation contract paper conservator Minah Song recently completed a Khartoum School conservation project gener...
07/15/2019

#NMAfAconservation contract paper conservator Minah Song recently completed a Khartoum School conservation project generously supported by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee. Swipe to see the front and back of this mid-1960s abstract drawing by Ibrahim El Salahi before and after treatment.
Notice the yellowing caused by aging and light exposure was reduced and the tapes on the back were removed.
#IbrahimElSalahi #KhartoumSchool #Sudan #africanart #artconservation #SmithsonianWomensCommittee @ National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

Come visit us on July 20th for this workshop dedicated to Nelson Mandela.
07/10/2019

Come visit us on July 20th for this workshop dedicated to Nelson Mandela.

Meet #NMAfAconservation summer interns Kasha Appleton and Alexandria Watson! Kasha and Alexandria are both college stude...
07/09/2019

Meet #NMAfAconservation summer interns Kasha Appleton and Alexandria Watson! Kasha and Alexandria are both college
students who are interested in conservation and helping with our projects this summer, including installing Sue Williamson’s The
Last Supper Revisited.
#andrewwmellonfoundation
#artconservation
#smithsonianinterns @ National Museum of African Art

Looking back at all of the work of #NMAfAconservation pre-program intern Miguel-in addition to his work in objects conse...
06/21/2019

Looking back at all of the work of #NMAfAconservation pre-program intern Miguel-in addition to his work in
objects conservation @NMAfA, Miguel also gained experience in paintings conservation @americanart
and book/paper conservation
@smithsonianarchives.
#smithsonianinterns
#conservatorsofinstagram
#artconservation @ National Museum of African Art

In the #NMAfAconservation lab, contract paper conservator Minah prepares @NjidekaAkunyiliCrosby’s Wedding Souvenirs pain...
06/21/2019

In the #NMAfAconservation lab, contract paper conservator Minah prepares @NjidekaAkunyiliCrosby’s
Wedding Souvenirs painting on paper for display by hinging it onto a backing board for framing. Come see the work in the recently opened “I Am…” exhibition!
#IAmNMAfA #artconservation #paperconservation
© 2016 Njideka Akunyili Crosby

@AdejokeTugbiyele’s Past/Future sculpture takes a ride on the #pinkpalletjack. To see the sculpture standing upright put...
06/10/2019

@AdejokeTugbiyele’s Past/Future sculpture takes a ride
on the #pinkpalletjack. To see the sculpture standing upright put the “I am…” exhibition on your “to do” list
this summer. #nmafaconservation
© 2015 Adejoke Tugbiyele

Celebrate diversity in the arts during #PrideMonth with the National Museum of African Art!  I Am... Contemporary Women ...
06/07/2019

Celebrate diversity in the arts during #PrideMonth with the National Museum of African Art! I Am... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa opens June 20, 2019 and includes some works by LGBTQ+ artists! #smithsonianpride #Iamnmafa #DCPride #iheartafricanart

In the #NMAfAconservation lab, Conservator Ashley vacuums and repairs the figures from a Duala boat model. #rowers #Came...
06/03/2019

In the #NMAfAconservation lab,
Conservator Ashley vacuums and
repairs the figures from a Duala boat
model. #rowers #Cameroon
#conservatorsofinstagram
#objectsconservation @ National Museum of African Art

#NMAfAConservation Monday: The tiny blue dots on these small squares of pH test paper indicate the presence of alkali sa...
05/28/2019

#NMAfAConservation Monday: The tiny blue dots on these small squares of pH test paper indicate the presence of alkali salts on the surface of the glass beads of this Ndebele apron and anklet. Unfortunately this high pH is a sign of glass deterioration that is irreversible, but the beads will continue to be monitored and kept in a stable environment. #beadwork #glassdisease #artconservation #conservationscience #Ndebele #SouthAfrica @ National Museum of African Art

Black Gold | Past and PresentMusicians from Washington DC and Dakar, Senegal, discuss  the cultural and historic themes ...
05/17/2019

Black Gold | Past and Present

Musicians from Washington DC and Dakar, Senegal, discuss the cultural and historic themes that have influenced their work, highlighting the shared connections between the cities. A musical performance and tour of the exhibition Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women follow the panel discussion.

As #NMAfAconservation conservators, we examine the ins and outs of objects and were delighted to find these tags with @o...
05/13/2019

As #NMAfAconservation conservators, we examine the ins and outs of objects and were delighted to find these tags with @oumousystyliste’s waterlily logo
handstitched into each of the textile components of her #signare ensemble, on display now in #GoodAsGood.
#OumouSy

#NMAfAconservation We object conservators sometimes have to cope with paintings too! Here, Steve Mellor prepared a backi...
05/06/2019

#NMAfAconservation We object conservators sometimes have to cope with paintings too! Here, Steve Mellor prepared a backing support for this @Ben_Enwonwu painting before it traveled to @k_sammlungnrw. #manyhats #objectsconservation

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths is now open. Come visit this powerful exhibit.
05/03/2019

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths is now open. Come visit this powerful exhibit.

Striking Iron features metalwork shaped at 1150° C to 1200° C as noted by Tom Joyce in a recent Smithsonian Magazine Art...
05/03/2019

Striking Iron features metalwork shaped at 1150° C to 1200° C as noted by Tom Joyce in a recent Smithsonian Magazine Article. Link to article in bio.
#nmafa #nmafastrikingiron

We are excited that Striking Iron:The Art of African Blacksmiths opens to the public at NMAfA Wednesday, April 18! 💥☄️Th...
04/12/2019

We are excited that Striking Iron:The Art of African Blacksmiths opens to the public at NMAfA Wednesday, April 18! 💥☄️
The exhibition, organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, reveals the histories of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth’s most fundamental natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, prestige, artistry and spiritual potency.
Come and explore more than 200 hand forged masterworks and experience the art of African blacksmiths.
#africanart #Strikingiron #iron #sneakpeek

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