New collection preview at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art celebrates diverse scope of African art.
By Sheila Mulhern
On November 18, 2010, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art together with the Sanaa Circle will host a preview to the museum’s latest exhibition African Mosaic: Celebrating a Decade of Collecting.
Featuring 112 objects representing an assorted range of African works, the collection incorporates everything from traditional African masks, gold jewelry and wooden figures to more contemporary pieces including a briefcase created from discarded soda can aluminum.
The event will also acknowledge Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole’s contribution in her role as Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
Famed Senegalese artist, Ousmane Sow, will be in attendance to unveil his monumental sculpture Toussaint Louverture et la vieille esclave (Toussaint Louverture and the elderly slave), which was originally part of a series that commemorated the bicentennial of the French Revolution.
The preview event and cocktail reception will be Thursday, November 18th from 7-10pm.
The NMAFA exhibit will be open to the public beginning Friday, November 19, 2010 and continues through 2011.