Nelson Mandela memorial at the National Cathedral
from the ceremony.
Earth Matters, Fashion Matters
at the National Museum of African Art
February 22, 6pm - 9:30pm
Katie Rost, member of The Vogue 100, hosts this evening of music and eco-friendly fashions inspired by Earth Matters: Land as Metaphor and Material in the Arts of Africa. Featuring Afropean Grammy-nominated French-Cameroonian artists Les Nubians
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NMAfA featured artist and sculptor Ousmane Sow admitted to France's Academy of Fine Arts (the Académie des Beaux-Arts)
On 11 December 2013, Senegalese artist and sculptor Ousmane Sow was admitted to France's Academy of Fine Arts (the Académie des Beaux-Arts) during a ceremony held at Paris presidential Élysée Palace. He is the first African to enter the Academy.
Sow, 78, dedicated his honor to "all of Africa, its diaspora and to Nelson Mandela." He sculpted the late Mandela earlier this year as part of his ongoing series Great Men, portraying him with an outstretched hand "to keep corrupt African heads of state at bay", as Sow explained to AFP in June 2013. A minute's silence was observed for Mandela at the ceremony. The ceremony was presided over by French President François Hollande.
He gained international recognition when he exhibited a larger-than-life sculpture of two men wrestling on the Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris in 1999. He uses a mixture of clay, rubber and an all-weather substance to produce his unmistakable works.
Sow's work, Toussaint Louverture et la vieille esclave (Toussaint Louverture and the elderly slave) is on permanent display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. in the exhibition "African Mosaic: Selections from the Permanent Collection."
1 minute video from the ceremony.
National Museum of African Art Receives $1.8 Million Gift for Collaborative Educational Initiative
Gift from the Sultanate of Oman Is the Single Largest in Museum's History
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art today announced that the Sultanate of Oman will give $1.8 million to support a series of programs celebrating Omani and East African arts and culture. This is the largest donation to the museum to date. This partnership has been made possible by the Sultan of Qaboos Cultural Center in Washington, D.C.
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National Museum of African Art Presents an archived stream of the discussion with
Grammy - Award Winning Artist Jill Scott
Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art was in conversation with Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times bestselling poet and critically acclaimed actress Jill Scott as part of Cole's Director's Discussion Series.
Watch the event online.