From the Washington Post:
One of the pleasures -- and challenges -- of being an art lover in Washington is the amount of work that comes to us from distant lands and cultures. Over the next week, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art
provides three chances to dig deeper into some of the foreign objects that it collects and shows.
On Wednesday (Nov 1), expert Stanislaw Chojnacki gives a lecture on "The Tradition of Religious Art in Ethiopia." (Given the size of Washington's Ethiopian community, better to get there early for a seat.)
On Saturday (Vov 4), curator Nii Quarcoopome of the Detroit Institute of Art looks into the significance of the Akan objects on display in the museum's "African Gold" exhibition.
And on Sunday (Nov 5), Bryna Freyer, one
of the Smithsonian's own curators, helps viewers take a closer look at a 500-year-old ivory hunting horn recently acquired as part of African Art's Disney-Tishman gift.
-- Blake Gopnik (Washington Post)
All lectures take place at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. "The Tradition of Religious Art in Ethiopia": 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; "Speaking With Gold": 2 p.m. Saturday; "The Perfect Wedding Gift" (hunting horn): 2 p.m. Sunday.
(I also looked at their calendar and there are 2 more upcoming events)
Through the Eyes of an Artist
Sun., Nov. 12, 2 p.m.
Artist and curator Olu Oguibe shares his views about the role contemporary African art plays within the global and international art world.
conjunction with the exhibition Body of Evidence
Our Untold Story
Sun., Dec. 17, 2 p.m.
Bill Fagaley, curator of the African collection at the New Orleans Museum of Art, discusses the history and significance of this important African art collection.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Resonance from the Past: African Sculpture from the New Orleans Museum of Art
Additional information can be found on the National Museum of African Art's Calendar of events