Exhibition Records,
1981-2011

Summary
Collection ID:
Accession 12-375
Creators:
National Museum of African Art. Curatorial
Dates:
1981-2011
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
17 cu. ft. (17 record storage boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
This accession documents closed, denied, and unfinished exhibitions at the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA). These records contain correspondence, research, notes, checklists, label texts, brochures, floor plans and designs, clippings, loan information, photographs, slides, transparencies, and negatives. Some materials are in electronic format.
Exhibitions documented in this accession include "Traditional Costumery and Jewelry in Africa;" "Traditional Costumes and Jewelry of Egypt;" "Life Afterlife: African Funerary Sculpture;" "The Stranger Among Us;" "African Emblems of Status;" "From the Earth: African Ceramic Art;" "African Islam;" "African Mankala;" "Patterns and Forms;" "Praise Poems: The Katherine White Collection;" "African Masterpieces from the Musee de l'Homme;" "History, Context and Materials: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the National Museum of African Art;" "The Rising of a New Moon: A Century of Tabwa Art;" "A Human Ideal in African Art: Bamana Figurative Sculpture;" "Patterns of Life: West African Strip-Weaving Traditions;" "African Art in the Cycle of Life;" "Objects of Use;" "The Permanent Collection of the National Museum of African Art;" "Images of Power and Identity;" "Images from Bamum: German Colonial Photography at the Court of King Njoya, Cameroon, West Africa, 1902-1915;" "Shoowa Design: Raffia Textiles from Zaire;" "Kalabari Ancestral Screens: Levels of Meaning;" "Echoes of the Kalabari: Sculpture by Sokari Douglas Camp;" "Gold of Africa: Jewelry and Ornaments from Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal;" "Sounding Forms: African Musical Instruments;" "The Essential Gourd;" "Icons: Ideals and Power in the Art of Africa;" "Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought;" "African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire;" "Africa Illustrated: Fantasy and Reality before 1900;" "Art of the Personal Object;" "Purpose and Perfection: Pottery as a Woman's Art in Central Africa;" "Between Man and the Gods: Sacrifice and Ceremony on a Cast Metal Ring;" "New Dimensions: Selections from the Contemporary Collection;" "Elmina: Art and Trade on the West African Coast;" "Astonishment and Power: Kongo Minkisi and the Art of Renee Stout;" "Asen: Iron Altars from Ouidah, Republic of Benin;" "Face of the Spirits: Masks from the Zaire Basin;" "Beaded Splendor;" "Mohammad Omer Khalil, Etchings; Amir I. M. Nour, Sculpture;" "Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa;" "The Ancient Nubian City of Kerma, 2500-1500 B.C.;" "The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897;" "Art from the Forge: Tuareg Metalwork;" "Three Explorations: Yoruba, 'Temne,' and Baga;" "Crowning Achievements: African Arts of Dressing the Head;" "Ceramic Gestures: New Vessels by Magdalene Odundo;" "Adire: Resist-Dyed Cloths of the Yoruba;" "Treasures from Tervuren: Selections from the Belgian Royal Museum for Central Africa;" "The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group;" "Gifts to the National Collection of African Art;" "A Spiral of History: A Carved Tusk from the Loango Coast, Congo;" "Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings;" "African Forms in the Furniture of Pierre Legrain;" "Baule: African Art/Western Eyes;" "Hats Off! A Salute to African Headwear;" "Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity;" "A Concrete Vision: Oshogbo Art in the 1960s;" "The Artistry of African Currency;" "Transatlantic Dialogue: Contemporary Art In and Out of Africa;" "Audible Artworks: Selected African Musical Instruments;" "Identity of the Sacred: Two Nigerian Shrine Figures;" "Chant Avedissian: A Contemporary Artist of Egypt;" "In the Presence of Spirits: African Art from the National Museum of Ethnology, Lisbon;" "Making the Grade: Arts of Initiation;" "Spectacular Display: The Art of Nkanu Initiation Rituals;" "The Last Supper Revisited;" "Gifts and Blessings: The Textile Arts of Madagascar;" "A Personal Journey: Central African Art from the Lawrence Gussman Collection;" "Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora;" "The Fabric of Moroccan Life;" "InSights;" "Playful Performers;" "Treasures;" "TEXTures: Word and Symbol in Contemporary African Art;" "Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art;" "African Gold: Selections from the Glassell Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston;" "BIG/small;" "Body of Evidence;" "Resonance from the Past: African Sculpture from the New Orleans Museum of Art;" "First Look: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection;" "African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection;" "Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art;" "Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries;" "The Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World;" "El Anatsui: Gawu;" "Treasures 2008;" "Treasures II;" "TxtStyles/Fashioning Identity;" "Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection;" "Artists in Dialogue: Antonio Ole and Aime Mpane;" "Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and its Diasporas;" "Artful Animals;" "African Vision: Disney-Tishman Highlights;" "Yinka Shonibare MBE;" "The Healing Power of Art: Works of Art by Haitian Children after the Earthquake;" "Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art;" "Paul Emmanuel: Transitions;" and "A Brave New World."

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Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-375, National Museum of African Art. Curatorial, Exhibition Records
Use Restriction
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2027; Transferring office; 4/18/2012 memorandum, Yowell to Monsted; Contact reference staff for details.

Keywords
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Traditional Costumery and Jewelry in Africa (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Traditional Costumes and Jewelry of Egypt (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Life . . . Afterlife: African Funerary Sculpture (Exhibition) (1981-1982: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Stranger Among Us (Exhibition) (1982: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African Emblems of Status (Exhibition) (1982-1983: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
From the Earth: African Ceramic Art (Exhibition) (1983: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African Islam (Exhibition) (1983-1984: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African Mankala (Exhibition) (1984: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Patterns and Forms (Exhibition) (1984: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Praise Poems: The Katherine White Collection (Exhibition) (1984-1985: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African Masterpieces from the Musee de l'Homme (Exhibition) (1985: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
History, Context, and Materials: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the National Museum of African Art (Exhibition) (1985-1986: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Rising of a New Moon: A Century of Tabwa Art (Exhibition) (1986: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
A Human Ideal in African Art: Bamana Figurative Sculpture (Exhibition) (1986: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Patterns of Life: West African Strip-Weaving Traditions (Exhibition) (1987-1988: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African Art in the Cycle of Life (Exhibition) (1987-1988: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Objects of Use (Exhibition) (1987-1988: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Permanent Collection of the National Museum of African Art (Exhibition) (1987-1992: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Images of Power and Identity (Exhibition) (1992-2004: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Images from Bamum: German Colonial Photography at the Court of King Njoya, Cameroon, West Africa, 1902-1915 (Exhibition) (1988: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Shoowa Design: Raffia Textiles from Zaire (Exhibition) (1988: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kalabari Ancestral Screens: Levels of Meaning (Exhibition) (1988-1989: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Echoes of the Kalabari: Sculpture by Sokari Douglas Camp (Exhibition) (1988-1989: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gold of Africa: Jewelry and Ornaments from Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal (Exhibition) (1989: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sounding Forms: African Musical Instruments (Exhibition) (1989: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Essential Gourd (Exhibition) (1989-1990: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Icons: Ideals and Power in the Art of Africa (Exhibition) (1989-1990: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought (Exhibition) (1990: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire (Exhibition) (1991-1992: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa Illustrated: Fantasy and Reality before 1900 (Exhibition) (1991: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art of the Personal Object (Exhibition) (1991-2007: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Purpose and Perfection: Pottery as a Woman's Art in Central Africa (Exhibition) (1997: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Between Man and the Gods: Sacrifice and Ceremony on a Cast Metal Ring (Exhibition) (1992: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New Dimensions: Selections from the Contemporary Collection (Exhibition) (1992: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Elmina: Art and Trade on the West African Coast (Exhibition) (1992-1993: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Astonishment and Power: Kongo Minkisi and the Art of Renee Stout (Exhibition) (1993-1994: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Asen: Iron Altars from Ouidah, Republic of Benin (Exhibition) (1993-1994: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Face of the Spirits: Masks from the Zaire Basin (Exhibition) (1994: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Beaded Splendor (Exhibition) (1994: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mohammad Omer Khalil, Etchings; Amir I. M. Nour, Sculpture (Exhibition) (1994-1995: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa (Exhibition) (1995: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Ancient Nubian City of Kerma, 2500-1500 B.C. (Exhibition) (1995-1998: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897 (Exhibition) (1995-2004: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art from the Forge: Tuareg Metalwork (Exhibition) (1995-1996: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Three Explorations: Yoruba, 'Temne,' and Baga (Exhibition) (1995-1996: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Crowning Achievements: African Arts of Dressing the Head (Exhibition) (1996: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ceramic Gestures: New Vessels by Magdalene Odundo (Exhibition) (1996-1997: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Adire: Resist-Dyed Cloths of the Yoruba (Exhibition) (1997: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Treasures from Tervuren: Selections from the Belgian Royal Museum for Central Africa (Exhibition) (1997: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group (Exhibition) (1997-1998: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gifts to the National Collection of African Art (Exhibition) (1997-1998: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
A Spiral of History: A Carved Tusk from the Loango Coast, Congo (Exhibition) (1998: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings (Exhibition) (1998: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African Forms in the Furniture of Pierre Legrain (Exhibition) (1998: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baule: African Art/Western Eyes (Exhibition) (1999: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hats Off! A Salute to African Headwear (Exhibition) (1999: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity (Exhibition) (1999-2000: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
A Concrete Vision: Oshogbo Art in the 1960s (Exhibition) (1999-2000: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Artistry of African Currency (Exhibition) (2000: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Transatlantic Dialogue: Contemporary Art In and Out of Africa (Exhibition) (2000: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Audible Artworks: Selected African Musical Instruments (Exhibition) (2000-2001: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Identity of the Sacred: Two Nigerian Shrine Figures (Exhibition) (2000-2001: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chant Avedissian: A Contemporary Artist of Egypt (Exhibition) (2000-2001: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
In the Presence of Spirits: African Art from the National Museum of Ethnology, Lisbon (Exhibition) (2001: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Making the Grade: Arts of Initiation (Exhibition) (2001-2002: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Spectacular Display: The Art of Nkanu Initiation Rituals (Exhibition) (2001-2002: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Last Supper Revisited (Exhibition) (2002: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gifts and Blessings: The Textile Arts of Madagascar (Exhibition) (2002: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
A Personal Journey: Central African Art from the Lawrence Gussman Collection (Exhibition) (2002: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora (Exhibition) (2003: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Fabric of Moroccan Life (Exhibition) (2003: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Insights (Exhibition) (2004: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Playful Performers (Exhibition) (2004: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Treasures (Exhibition) (2004-2005: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
TEXTures: Word and Symbol in Contemporary African Art (Exhibition) (2005: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art (Exhibition) (2005: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African Gold: Selections from the Glassell Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Exhibition) (2006: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
BIG/small (Exhibition) (2006: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Body of Evidence (Exhibition) (2006-2008: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Resonance from the Past: African Sculpture from the New Orleans Museum of Art (Exhibition) (2006-2007: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
First Look: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection (Exhibition) (2006: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection (Exhibition) (2007-2008: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art (Exhibition) (2007: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries (Exhibition) (2007: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World (Exhibition) (2007-2008: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
El Anatsui: Gawu (Exhibition) (2008: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Treasures 2008 (Exhibition) (2008: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Treasures II (Exhibition) (2008: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
TxtStyles/Fashioning Identity (Exhibition) (2008: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection (Exhibition) (2008-2009: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists in Dialogue: António Ole and Aimé Mpane (Exhibition) (2009: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and its Diasporas (Exhibition) (2009: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artful Animals (Exhibition) (2009-2010: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African Vision: Disney-Tishman Highlights (Exhibition) (2009- : Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yinka Shonibare MBE (Exhibition) (2010: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Healing Power of Art: Works of Art by Haitian Children after the Earthquake (Exhibition) (2010-2011: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art (Exhibition) (2010: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Paul Emmanuel: Transitions (Exhibition) (2010: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
A Brave New World (Exhibition) (2010-2012: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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