The National Museum of African Art, led by Augustus (Gus) Casely-Hayford, Director, is exhibiting Heroes: Principles of African Greatness. The exhibition features artworks from the museum’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.” The stunning exhibition was curated by Kevin D. Dumouchelle, who also curated Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts (2017).
Image below: Figure of King Bay Akiy - Possibly Bvu Kwam (Active early 19th century, Isu kingdom, Grassfields region, Cameroon) - Wood, ivory, pigment, human hair, bone, cloth - Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, 2005-6-31
The National Museum of African Art is exhibiting I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa thru July 5, 2020. The exhibition is comprised of artwork exclusively by women artists from the museum’s permanent collection. Their work “approaches matters of community, faith, the environment, politics, colonial encounters, racism, identity, and more.” Image below:Njideka Akunyili Crosby layers material to create dramatic collages that investigate domestic life, identity and community.
The National Museum of African Art is exhibiting a permanent exhibition titled Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts.The installation features over 300 works of art and comprises the largest long-term presentation of the Museum’s permanent collection to date. Visionary is “the museum’s first exhibition to offer broad thematic connections between works from across the spectrum of times, places, and media represented in the museum’s holdings.”
The Museum of African Art is exhibiting Artists' Books and Africa for an indefinite period. The exhibition is the first to focus on African artists' books from the Smithsonian Libraries’ Warren M. Robbins Library and the National Museum of African Art.
Augustus (Gus) Casely-Hayford, Ph.D. was named the Director of The National Museum of African Art (NMAA) in 2019. The acclaimed curator and cultural historian is known for his impressive combination of knowledge, experience, communication skills and passion for the Museum.
Image below: Gus Casely-Hayford, Ph.D. - Photograph by Bob Joiner