Posts Tagged ‘National Museum of African Art’

The African Art Museum’s Show of Bill Cosby’s Art is DEFINITELY Not About Bill Cosby

It's all about the art, people, not the alleged serial rapist!

The Dangerous Precedent of the Smithsonian’s Support for Bill Cosby

Plus: A Smithsonian website user tagged a Cosby portrait with "rapist."

The Best Photographic Images of 2013

The best photographic images in D.C. museums and galleries this year offered a memorable confluence of visual elements, engaged in conceptual experimentation, and made clever use of atypical materials and techniques. They were not, in other words, antiquated. But among my five favorites, only one was made in 2013.
The others were from 1947, 1956, 1973, [...]

Arts Roundup: Disappointed Bird Edition

The Kennedy Center Honors. They happened. [Post, Post]
A drawing by outsider artist Martin Ramirez comes to the Library of Congress. [Post]
Air and Space Museum guards tackle a freelance photographer. [DCist]
Chris Richards ranks the best pop singles of the year. [Post]
D.C. residents support the arts, kind of, but they don't attend fundraisers because they claim to [...]

Reviewed: Eliot Elisofon at the National Museum of African Art

Not long before his death, Eliot Elisofon, a LIFE magazine staff photographer from 1942 to 1964, donated 80,000 of his African photographs, his papers, and 700 pieces of African art to the institution that would become the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Now, 40 years after his death, the museum is mounting a retrospective.
The [...]

Arts Roundup: RIP Polo Edition

TCB's Reggie "Polo" Burwell has died. [Arts Desk]
One Direction will play Nationals Park in August 2014. [Post]
The White House announces its first student film festival. [White House]
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company gets an $800,000 grant from the Doris Duke Foundation. [Post]
From Oman, the Smithsonian's African Art Museum gets its biggest donation ever: $1.8 million. [AP]
A close look [...]

Sequestration Temporarily Closes Parts of Hirshhorn, African Art Museum, and Smithsonian Castle

Today, the Smithsonian announced that some parts of the Hirshhorn, the National Museum of African Art, and the Smithsonian Castle will temporarily close beginning Wednesday. The closures, which will last until Sept. 30, come as a consequence of the sweeping federal budget cuts known as sequestration.
Before today, the Smithsonian would only say that some unspecified [...]

ToDo ToDay: “African Cosmos,” Cheap Barbecue

More than 160,000 years ago the first modern humans lived in East Africa. That means they were the first people to take in the wonder of the night sky and ponder, “How the hell did I get here?” The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art doesn’t have any artifacts from these ancient astronomers, but its [...]

Yinka Shonibare MBE: “As Artists, We are Liars.”

Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE tolerated a discussion at the Hirshhorn last night with Karen Milbourne, a curator at the National Museum of African Art, but the effort strained him. To be fair, it must be terribly frustrating to spend your career making art that defies the stereotype of "African Artist," only to be asked all [...]