Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Library

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Library The Warren M. Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art, founded in 1971, is the major resource center in the United States for the research and study of the visual arts of Africa.
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Its collection of more than 40,000 volumes covers all aspects of African visual arts, including sculpture, painting, printmaking, pottery, textiles, crafts, popular culture, photography, architecture, rock art, and archaeology. The African Art Library has significant supporting collections of African ethnography, musicology, performing arts, theater, cinema, oral traditions, religion, creative wri

Its collection of more than 40,000 volumes covers all aspects of African visual arts, including sculpture, painting, printmaking, pottery, textiles, crafts, popular culture, photography, architecture, rock art, and archaeology. The African Art Library has significant supporting collections of African ethnography, musicology, performing arts, theater, cinema, oral traditions, religion, creative wri

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Ghana Freedom--the pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana_Freedom
08/09/2019
Ghana Freedom - Wikipedia

Ghana Freedom--the pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana_Freedom

Ghana Freedom was a Ghanaian art exhibition at the 2019 Venice Biennale, an international contemporary art biennial in which countries represent themselves through self-organizing national pavilions. The country's debut pavilion, also known as the Ghana pavilion, was highly anticipated and named a h...

Repatriation of African art may be entering a new chapter: The V&A considers returning war booty to Ethiopia.
04/03/2018
V&A opens dialogue on looted Ethiopian treasures

Repatriation of African art may be entering a new chapter: The V&A considers returning war booty to Ethiopia.

Director pledges rethink on objects seized by British troops in 19th-century Africa

Would you like to adopt a book from the Library of the National Museum of African Art?   https://library.si.edu/donate/a...
04/02/2018
Books Available for Adoption

Would you like to adopt a book from the Library of the National Museum of African Art? https://library.si.edu/donate/adopt-a-book/adopt

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It is not repatriation, but it is a step in the right direction--Benin bronzes going back to Nigeria.
10/16/2017
Looted Benin bronzes to be lent back to Nigeria

It is not repatriation, but it is a step in the right direction--Benin bronzes going back to Nigeria.

Pledge by European museums to set up “permanent display” of rotating loans in Benin City could pave way for restitution

Elizabeth Olowu, Nigeria's first woman bronze founder, is featured.
11/08/2016
Nigerian artists keep sculpture in the family

Elizabeth Olowu, Nigeria's first woman bronze founder, is featured.

Princess Elizabeth Olowu, 77, sits on the sofa in her small living room, rubbing bronze sculptures with lemon juice to make them shine. Her eldest

Come meet South African artist Stephen Hobbs at the National Museum of African Art on November 5th at 1 p.m.  Free and o...
10/24/2016

Come meet South African artist Stephen Hobbs at the National Museum of African Art on November 5th at 1 p.m. Free and open to the public.

One more month to see "Artists' Books and Africa" at the National Museum of Africa Art.  If you want to see more African...
08/15/2016
Artists' Books and Africa: By Petra Mason

One more month to see "Artists' Books and Africa" at the National Museum of Africa Art. If you want to see more African artists' books, come to the Warren M. Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art and see them first-hand.

Artists' Books and Africa: By Petra Mason on 12 August 2016. Far from the razzmatazz of New York City’s art scene – and only a two and a half hour train ride away – in the nation’s capital of Washington DC, is the National Museum of African Art. It’s a post-modern jewel of a building tucked away bet...

Bruce Onobrakpeya sharing and explaining prints from his Art and Literature Portfolio--at the National Museum of African...
07/28/2016

Bruce Onobrakpeya sharing and explaining prints from his Art and Literature Portfolio--at the National Museum of African Art, July 16th.

Malian photographer Malick Sidibé dies aged 80
04/15/2016
Malian photographer Malick Sidibé dies aged 80

Malian photographer Malick Sidibé dies aged 80

Photography world pays tribute to the ‘Eye of Bamako’ and his dynamic black-and-white images of 1960s pop culture after Malian independence

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03/28/2016

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Meet @bonifacemwangi at our upcoming Artist Talk!
03/27/2016

Meet @bonifacemwangi at our upcoming Artist Talk!

Coming up this Saturday!
03/27/2016

Coming up this Saturday!

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Library
03/12/2016

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Library

"What are artists' books"? Read Primer on Artists' Books which accompanies the exhibition "Artists' Books and Africa" at the National Museum of African Art until September 2016.

"What are artists' books"?  Read Primer on Artists' Books which accompanies the exhibition "Artists' Books and Africa" a...
03/12/2016

"What are artists' books"? Read Primer on Artists' Books which accompanies the exhibition "Artists' Books and Africa" at the National Museum of African Art until September 2016.

A welcome new catalog documenting LagosPhoto from the beginning--Africa under the Prism (2015).  Congratulations Azu Nwa...
03/12/2016

A welcome new catalog documenting LagosPhoto from the beginning--Africa under the Prism (2015). Congratulations Azu Nwagbogu.

Wangechi Mutu, a native of Kenya, is a globally prominent contemporary African artist. #5WomenArtists
03/11/2016

Wangechi Mutu, a native of Kenya, is a globally prominent contemporary African artist. #5WomenArtists

A native of Eithopia, Julie Mehretu's paintings and drawings highlight mappings and architecture #5WomenArtists
03/10/2016

A native of Eithopia, Julie Mehretu's paintings and drawings highlight mappings and architecture #5WomenArtists

We are 4 days away from #MuseumDay! Here's a sneak peak of one of our programs for the day. #InspireHer
03/08/2016

We are 4 days away from #MuseumDay! Here's a sneak peak of one of our programs for the day. #InspireHer

Uche Okeke, pioneering modernist artist from Nigeria, has died.
01/07/2016

Uche Okeke, pioneering modernist artist from Nigeria, has died.

The end of a successful day at the Warren M. Robbins Library at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art.  We ho...
11/22/2015

The end of a successful day at the Warren M. Robbins Library at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. We hope you found everything you were looking for!

Mark your calendars for hands-on African artists' books at the National Museum of African Art.  You have six opportuntie...
11/18/2015

Mark your calendars for hands-on African artists' books at the National Museum of African Art. You have six opportunties from now until next September! November 21, 2015, January 30, March 19, May 21, July 16, and September 4, 2016. Free.

William Kentridge creates an ephemeral frieze by power-washing the Tiber River's stone wall.  Once the pollution settles...
08/27/2015
William Kentridge plans epic frieze for River Tiber

William Kentridge creates an ephemeral frieze by power-washing the Tiber River's stone wall. Once the pollution settles back, it will be obliterated.

South African artist will incorporate pollution in 550m-long work

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On this week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, Dr. Ryan Fields, associate professor of Surgical Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine and the Siteman Cancer Center joins us to talk about individualized cancer treatments, like the one that worked so well for President Jimmy Carter. And later on in the show, we’re taking a look at the new exhibition “Reconstructed/Reconceptualized,” which examines the link between the banjo and African string instruments with, Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, an associate professor of fine arts at Southern Illinois University.
Thanks Janet Stanley and Karen Brown, here is an article about my creative research on the banjo. Also, some images from the solo exhibition catalog at the Crisp Museum. I am mailing you both a hard copy.