African Mosaic: Celebrating a Decade of Collecting is an ongoing exhibit featured at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African History in Washington, DC. The exhibit is a showcase of extraordinary pieces collected by the National Museum for over ten years. The works on display come to the Museum either through donation or purchase and demonstrate the wide variety of artistic traditions from an array of African nations available to the public.
The Walt Disney – Tishman African Art Collection is an ongoing exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. The collection is well-known for the rarity of its items from sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Smithsonian site, these artistic masterpieces have been an important step in defining the field of African art history – both in the United States and globally.
Lines, Marks and Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen was not at all what I expected to see when I walked into the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. For starters, the artist and photographer Roger Ballen is an American born in New York in 1950. Ballen has experimented with black and white photography for nearly 50 years, 30 of which have been in South Africa where he works as a geologist and photographer. His creations are both strange and intriguing, prompting the viewer to ask – what is Ballen attempting to convey through his art?
Last weekend during a quick visit to DC, I decided to spend the day at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. The first exhibit that I encountered was The Artistic Legacy of Gabon which was presented in conjunction with the Museum’s Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa exhibition. Earth Matters focused on African artists and their relationship to the land from which they draw both inspiration and materials for their work.