Smithsonian National Museum of African Art: New Exhibition Tour

Saturday, November 18, 2017 -
1:45pm to 3:30pm
950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20560
Guests Allowed: 


The National Museum of African Art is delighted to offer DC Phi Beta Kappa Association members a curator-led tour of “Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts,” a major exhibition that opens at the museum on Nov. 4. The exhibition is the largest long-term presentation of the museum’s permanent collection in over a decade and the first to offer broad thematic connections between works across the full spectrum of times, places and media represented in the museum’s holdings. “Visionary” aims to get visitors to see artworks—and each other—with new eyes.

Organized around seven viewpoints, the 300 works of art in “Visionary” serve to frame the experience of African Art. The installation presents the museum’s collection from the perspective of collectors, scholars, artists, patrons, visitors, performers and others. Interactive experiences within the gallery will connect visitors to the role such perspectives play in understanding an object.

The Museum’s permanent collection contains a large number of exceptional works celebrated worldwide. Recently, it was beneficiary of the famed Tishman–Disney collection through Michael and Jane Eisner. This acquisition has enhanced the many other excellent holdings.

When/Where: We will meet at 1:45 at the entrance of the museum at 950 Independence Ave. SW.  The museum is located behind the Castle by the Enid Haupt Garden and opposite the Sackler Gallery.

Getting there: Metro: Smithsonian.

Note: A maximum of 40 members of DCPBK in good standing and their guests are very welcome.  The tour will last about 1½  hours, and the curators will be happy to remain a bit longer to answer your questions.