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View Resource Claiming Art Reclaiming Space: Post Apartheid Art From South Africa

The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art presents this Web version of an exhibition that examines the effects of Apartheid and the post-Apartheid era on artists' creative expression in South Africa. A quote by artist David Koloane introduces the show, "Apartheid was a politics of space more than anything. . . . Apartheid legislation was denying people the right to move." The exhibition has...

https://www.si.edu/Exhibitions/Claiming-ArtReclaiming-Space-...
View Resource National Museum of African Art

Although not brand new, the Web site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is worth a visit. The What's New link from the homepage leads to 5 different specialized interfaces of the museum's collections: diversity, uses, imagery, currently on view, and advanced. For example, in the imagery section, you can search by Animal, Human, or Object Imagery. In diversity, clicking on a...

https://africa.si.edu
View Resource Insights: National Museum of African Art

Drawing on its extensive collections, the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. has created this online exhibit to showcase the work of nine contemporary artists. This ensemble approach essentially reveals the nuances of the artistic process to visitors, and demonstrates the interplay of experimentation, continuity and change in each artist's subjects and materials. The artists here...

https://africa.si.edu/exhibits/insights/index2.html
View Resource African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pignozzi Collection

Masterpieces from the Jean Pignozzi Collection is an exhibition currently on view at the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) in Washington D.C., organized by the Pignozzi Collection-Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC) and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and funded by Continental Airlines. The show features works by 28 African artists from 15 African countries, whose works have been...

https://africa.si.edu/exhibits/pigozzi/
View Resource African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection

Despite recent news items announcing its financial troubles, the Smithsonian Institution carries on doing what museums are supposed to do, such as providing Web exhibits like this one featuring the Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection. Paul and Ruth Tishman began collecting African art in 1959, and donated their collection to the Walt Disney Company in 1984. In 2005, Disney gave the...

https://africa.si.edu/exhibits/africanvision/
View Resource El Anatsui: Gawu: National Museum of African Art

Noted Ghanaian artist El Anatsui works with a variety of found objects, including wood, ceramics, and discarded pieces of metal. For the past 28 years, he has lived in Nigeria, where he as spent a substantial time creating metal "cloths" from the aluminum wrappings from the tops of bottles from local distilleries. This utterly engaging online exhibit from the National Museum of African Art is...

https://africa.si.edu/exhibits/gawu/
View Resource Benin-Kings and Rituals: Court Arts from Nigeria [Quick Time, Adobe

The royal arts of the Benin Kingdom of south-central Nigeria focus on the centrality of the "Oba", or divine king, and this exhibit, organized by museums in Austria, Africa, Germany, the U.S., and France, traces the history of Benin's royal arts from the early 13th century to the mid-twentieth. On the exhibition's website there are ten themes to explore including "The Warrior Obas", "The Oba's...

http://archive.artic.edu/benin/index.html
View Resource Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is a state-supported, privately endowed educational institution created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its purpose is "to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, to encourage the study of the arts, and thus to enrich the lives of all." The site’s homepage provides a variety of resources to experience the rich array...

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View Resource National Museum of African Art

The National Museum of African Art is known for its fabulously diverse collections, which cover all aspects of artistic life across the African continent. Visitors to the site can look through areas including Highlights, Artists, and Cultural Groups. This last area is a wonderful place to start, as visitors can look through dozens of cultural groupings to find items that range from cutlery to...

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https://africa.si.edu/collections/start