Smithsonian African Art Museum

Smithsonian African Art Museum

Smithsonian Institution AFRICAN ART MUSEUM Transmitted: 93-05-27 14:57:06 EDT

Relocated in 1987 to its present site on the National Mall, the National Museum of African Art, which became a bureau of the Smithsonian in 1979, is the only national art museum in the United States devoted exclusively to research in and to the collection, study, and exhibition of African art. Its collections, which emphasize the art of sub-Saharan Africa, include masterworks in wood, metal, ivory, textiles, and ceramics. An active exhibition schedule features objects drawn from the permanent collection as well as loans from both national and international public and private collections. The museum also houses the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives that maintains a collection of 200,000 color slides; 78,000 black-and-white photographs; 140,000 feet of motion picture film and videotape; and the Warren M. Robbins Library of 20,000 volumes.

The National Museum of African Art also offers a variety of educational programs, including films, lectures, workshops, and musical performances.

For more information, write or call: Smithsonian Information Smithsonian Institution SI Building, Room 153, MRC 010 Washington, DC 20560 202/357-2700 (voice); 202/357-1729 (TTY for callers with communication impairments)

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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