National Museum of African Art: African Mosaic

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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.

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National Museum of African Art: Ceramics and Museum Shop

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Ceramics are a major theme in African art. Not only are they beautiful, but they are functional – used for carrying water, cooking, and other domestic chores. The ceramic containers featured are currently on display at the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. I encourage everyone who has an opportunity to visit DC to take a trip to this wonderfully sacred space and learn about the creative traditions of our ancestors.

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National Museum of African Art: Walt Disney – Tishman African Art Collection

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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.

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National Museum of African Art: The Artistic Legacy of Gabon

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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.

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Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour

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My amazingly thoughtful husband surprised me with a trip to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to experience Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal Tour last week. As a devoted fan of the King of Pop, I was absolutely ecstatic to hear his transcending music along with the dance movements that he made so popular throughout the world, coupled with the acrobatic brilliance of the Cirque du Soleil.

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Philadelphia Flower Show 2014: “ARTiculture”

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This review is long over due. I took so many pictures at the Philadelphia Flower Show that I had been putting off uploaded them to my computer. Well, I finally buckled down and did the deed. I’ll start off by saying that I love the theme of this year’s show, “ARTiculture”. The interplay between art and horticulture was fantastic. I enjoyed seeing some of my favorite artists presented in such novel ways.

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The Metropolitan Museum: Obelisks

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Within the Ancient Egyptian exhibition at The Met, one will find a room filled with images of obelisks from around the world. Growing up in the United States, I am most familiar with the very tall obelisk found in Washington, DC – The Washington Monument. However, the obelisk originates in a more ancient time. Wikipedia describes an obelisk as “a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top.” It explains that the builders of Ancient Egyptians called it, “tekhenu” and they were usually placed in pairs at the entrance of a temple.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art: Treasures from Korea

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I had the pleasure of viewing “Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Museum’s website describes the exhibit as: “the artistic achievements of the Joseon dynasty, a line of monarchs that ruled for more than five hundred years and left a substantial legacy for modern Korea. A variety of objects—including painted screens, scrolls, calligraphy, furnishings, costumes, accessories, and ritual wares—explore the roles of king and court, the distinct spheres of men and women in society, and religious beliefs. This is the first full-scale American exhibition to be devoted to art of the Joseon dynasty.”

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