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@AdejokeTugbiyele’s Past/Future sculpture takes a ride on the . To see the sculpture standing upright put the “I am…” exhibition on your “to do” list this summer. © 2015 Adejoke Tugbiyele

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Celebrate diversity in the arts during with the National Museum of African Art! I Am... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa opens June 20, 2019 and includes some works by LGBTQ+ artists!

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In the lab, Conservator Ashley vacuums and repairs the figures from a Duala boat model.

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In Search of Bimbia. Come join this lecture on June 9 from 1-4 pm

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Come visit on June 1 for some family fun.

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Monday: The tiny blue dots on these small squares of pH test paper indicate the presence of alkali salts on the surface of the glass beads of this Ndebele apron and anklet. Unfortunately this high pH is a sign of glass deterioration that is irreversible, but the beads will continue to be monitored and kept in a stable environment.  

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Thanks to the generous support of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, is working with a contract paper conservator to treat six works of art on paper by artists influential in the Khartoum School. Here Minah removes old matting materials to find significant discoloration from light aging. Swipe to see the 1964-65 drawing by with the old mat removed. The white border was protected by the mat and is less discolored than the image area. We’ll keep you posted with more of Minah’s work as her treatments progress!

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As conservators, we examine the ins and outs of objects and were delighted to find these tags with @oumousystyliste’s waterlily logo handstitched into each of the textile components of her ensemble, on display now in .

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We object conservators sometimes have to cope with paintings too! Here, Steve Mellor prepared a backing support for this @Ben_Enwonwu painting before it traveled to @k_sammlungnrw.

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Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths is now open! Come see this powerful show.

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Striking Iron features metalwork shaped at 1150° C to 1200° C as noted by Tom Joyce in a recent Smithsonian Magazine Article. Link to article in bio. Image information: Nkutshu artist Democratic Republic of the Congo Throwing knife-shaped currency (oshele) 19th century Iron Private collection

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The 37th annual Smithsonian Craft Show, a juried show of fine American crafts, is this weekend (April 25–28) at the National Building Museum. Produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, the show helps support yearly grants to the Smithsonian, including one this year to NMAfA’s conservation department. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a dazzling exhibition of creativity, meet artists, and shop contemporary American crafts, while supporting the Smithsonian.

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Striking Iron:The Art of African Blacksmiths opens to the public Wednesday, April 18! 💥☄️ 🔦 The exhibition, organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, reveals the histories of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth’s most fundamental natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, prestige, artistry and spiritual potency. Come and explore more than 200 hand forged masterworks and experience the art of African blacksmiths.

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From the cabinet shop to the gallery, today would like to highlight the work of NMAfA’s carpenters who build the gallery walls, exhibition cases, and case furniture that keep our collection safe-- like this elegant necklace display in . Swipe to see how this buildup was constructed in the cabinet shop.

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We are excited that Striking Iron:The Art of African Blacksmiths opens to the public Wednesday, April 18! 💥☄️ The exhibition, organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, reveals the histories of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth’s most fundamental natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, prestige, artistry and spiritual potency. Come and explore more than 200 hand forged masterworks and experience the art of African blacksmiths.

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ARTIST TALK: The Art and Science of Forging Iron April 19 3p.m.-4:30p.m. ———————————————- Please join renowned sculptor, MacArthur Fellow, and Striking Iron’s lead curator Tom Joyce in conversation with @nmafa director of education and scholarly initiatives Dr. Lanisa Kitchiner on the art and science of forging iron. The conversation is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths which opens @nmafa on April 17. We hope you can join us! ———————————————- Tom Joyce brings to the project an encyclopedic knowledge of African iron works from collections around the world along with in-depth knowledge of the history and impact of forging across the continent. His field research includes African ironwork, sculpture and blacksmithing traditions, most recently in Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and Bénin. The recipient of a 2003 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Joyce’s work can be found in more than 27 public collections around the world. Since 1981 his sculptures have been exhibited in 152 solo and group exhibitions including at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Art and Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, along with major commissions from museums and sculpture parks across the country. In his work, Joyce reexamines the social, political, economic and historical implications of using iron, infusing his pieces and commissions with inherited histories and material memories. He serves as lead curator of the exhibition and an editor and author of the accompanying publication.

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With the generous help of the Botany Department at @SmithsonianNMNH, Fellow Julia Campbell -Such has been making permanent microscope slides of our collection of sample woods from Ghana. Swipe to see how the wood blocks were cut into thin sections on a sliding microtome and then dyed and dried in successive baths of ethanol and xylene before mounting.

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Join us @nmafa today for the 26th annual Children’s Africana Awards and Book Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 📚 The awards and book festival are presented each year to recognize the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. The awards were created by the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa. This event is free and open to the public. This year’s festival will offer Book to Art activities for ages 4 and up in the museum’s pavilion and the workshop from 11:00 a.m.–2 p.m. There will be a panel discussion on the Mezzanine level from 11:00 a.m.–1 p.m. An African percussion workshop inspired by 2019 book winner “Mama Africa, How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song” will take place throughout the day. The Children’s Africana Book Awards are presented in three categories: Young Children, Older Readers, and New Adult (books marketed to adults but suitable for mature teens). The 26th Annual CABA Winners are: BEST BOOKS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN —— • Baby Goes to Market, Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank (illus). Candlewick, 2017. • Mama Africa, How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song, Kathryn Erskine and Charly Palmer (illus.). Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017. • Grandma’s List, Portia Dery and Toby Newsome (illus.) African Bureau Stories, 2017. HONOR BOOKS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN —— • The Wooden Camel, Wanuri Kahiu and Manuela Adreani (illus). Lantana, 2017. • Sleep Well, Siba & Saba, Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl and Sandra Van Doorn. Lantana, 2017. BEST BOOKS FOR OLDER READERS ——— • When Morning Comes, Arushi Raina. Tradewinds, 2017. HONOR BOOKS FOR OLDER READERS ——- • Solo, Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess. Blink, 2017. • Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor. Viking, 2017. NOTABLE BOOKS FOR OLDER READERS —— • One Shadow on the Wall Leah Henderson. Simon and Schuster, 2017. • Soldier Boy, Keely Hutton. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. BEST BOOK FOR NEW ADULTS ——- • Behold the Dreamers, Imbolo Mbue. Random House, 2017.

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