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National Museum of African Art (U.S.)

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Works: 393 works in 652 publications in 1 language and 14,985 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  History  Catalogs  Pictorial works  Exhibition, pictorial works  Conference papers and proceedings  Bibliography‡vCatalogs 
Roles: Editor, his, Organizer of meeting, Owner, Other
Classifications: N7391.65, 732.20967074153
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African art in the cycle of life by Roy Sieber( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in English and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Icons : ideals and power in the art of Africa by Herbert M Cole( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overzicht van vijf typerende sumbolen, uit verschillende culturen in Afrika, met veelal een religieuze, sociale en politieke betekenis
Sounding forms : African musical instruments( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astonishment and power by Wyatt MacGaffey( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bringing together the minkisi tradition of the Kongo peoples of Central Africa and the art of Renée Stout, "Atonishment & Power" explores a complex African visual tradition and its resonance in the work of a contemporary African-American woman artist. Minkisi, as described by Wyatt MacGaffey, are figures or operative complexes made from natural and man-made materials are intended as containers for powerful medicines. Often visually impressive, minkisi are invoked to accomplish various purposes, both to heal and to harm. In discussing minkisi, MacGaffey includes numerous early-20th-century commentaries written by young Kongo men. As Michael Harris reveals, the art of Renée Stout incorporates the forms and conceptual qualities of Kongo minkisi. The inspiration for her work derives from her personal memories and her deep interest in minkisi and African beliefs. Like minkisi, Stout's work sits at a crossroads--of the sacred and the secular, the West and Africa. Both the Kongo people and Renée Stout are masters at creating works of astonishment and power, invocation and art."--Back cover
A human ideal in African art : Bamana figurative sculpture by Kate Ezra( Book )

4 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African vision : the Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection by Christine Mullen Kreamer( Book )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Go well, my child : November 26, 1985-January 5, 1986, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. by Constance Stuart Larrabee( Book )

6 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Patterns of life : West African strip-weaving traditions by Peggy Stoltz Gilfoy( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transatlantic dialogue : contemporary art in and out of Africa by Michael D Harris( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected in this book are 24 color reproductions of the art of seven African artists, and seven African American artists. Paintings, mixed media, sculptures, and ceramics reflect issues of identity while expressing beauty, pulsating rhythms, and a sense of improvisation among bursts of color and quieter, more contemplative moments
Ethiopian passages : contemporary art from the diaspora by Elizabeth Harney( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ethiopian Passages sketches, in broad strokes, the complexities, diversity and vibrancy of artistic practices among artists of Ethiopian descent at work today. In doing so, it brings together 10 artists, from across several generations, who have addressed issues of identity, experienced displacement and created new senses of home. Their creative approaches, chosen media, artistic narratives and personal histories are eclectic, but they all share an attachment to Ethiopia. The evidence of these encounters and personal experiences traced subtly across the surfaces of the works of art attests to the magnificence of contemporary African art and its arresting power."--Jacket
Yinka Shonibare, MBE by Yinka Shonibare( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shonibare employs a wide range of media - sculpture, painting, photography, video, and installation pieces - to explore matters of race, class, cultural identity, and history. The artist is best-known for his use of a Dutch-wax fabric, which, though labeled as "African," actually originated in Dutch Indonesia and was introduced to Africa by British manufacturers via Dutch colonizers in the nineteenth century. Incorporating the fabric into Victorian dresses, covering sculptures of alien figures with it or stretching it onto canvases, Shonibare uses the fabric as a metaphor to address issues of origin and authenticity. Published as a companion to Shonibare's first retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, this survey explores all aspects of Shonibare's work, offering a fully comprehensive portrait of his projects. Whether he is lampooning Victorian propriety or commenting on the latent ambiguities of the term "alien," Shonibare makes art."--BOOK JACKET
Memory : Luba art and the making of history by S. Terry Childs( Book )

5 editions published between 1966 and 1996 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memory and history are always in tension, as people selectively choose memories to make histories that "prove" the legitimacy of their claims to power, prestige, and prerogative. If many African groups have created visual arts to assist in this process, Luba peoples of southeastern Zaire have done so brilliantly, with a stunning array of mnemonic devices ranging from memory boards to beaded emblems, wooden figures to body arts, ornamented staffs and axes to divination devices. The sculpted narratives of these objects and art forms are esoteric, and must be "read" by "men of memory" who have learned their precious skills through initiation to the Mbudye Society. Luba kings, royal titleholders, and outlying chiefs turn to them to interpret the mapped details of origin myths, protocol and prohibitions of the royal court, and other deeply encoded information. The Luba kingdoms are among the most important in central Africa, whose refined royal arts have influenced people hundreds of miles beyond their own Heartland. Luba have an ancient heritage as well, that archaeologists trace back over one thousand years. Although Luba arts are well known for their astounding beauty, Memory: Luba Art and the Making of History is the first study of their intellectual complexity, aesthetic impact, and social contexts
Igbo arts : community and cosmos by Herbert M Cole( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Art of West African kingdoms by National Museum of African Art (U.S.)( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In and out of focus : images from Central Africa, 1885-1960 by Christraud M Geary( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is devoted to the imporant holdings of the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, a department of the National Museum of African Art and a unique repository with more than 280,000 historical and contemporary images from all over Africa." "Using case studies - among them the examination of the influential work of Polish photographer Casimir Zagourski (1883-1944) - In and Out of Focus raises important issues about photographic practice in Africa, the distribution of images, the circulation of ideas in Europe and the United States and African responses to photography. This book advances the scholarly discourse on colonial/anthropological photography and contributes to a better understanding of photography in Africa."--Jacket
Images from Bamum : German colonial photography at the court of King Njoya, Cameroon, West Africa, 1902-1915 by Christraud M Geary( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inscribing meaning : writing and graphic systems in African art( Book )

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brings together both tradition-based and contemporary African arts to explore the interface between African art and the communicative powers of graphic systems, language and the written word. It explores the multiple messages and aesthetic intent of works that creatively incorporate script - both for its literal content as well as the beauty of its form. The catalogue includes 90 exceptional works of art dating from ancient to contemporary times
The Nsukka artists and Nigerian contemporary art by Nsukka Group and the State of Nigerian Contemporary Art( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A personal journey : Central African art from the Lawrence Gussman collection( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The art of the personal object by Philip L Ravenhill( Book )

6 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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African art in the cycle of life
Alternative Names

controlled identityMuseum of African Art (U.S.)

musée national d'art africain

Museo Nacional de Arte Africano

Museum of African Art

Museum of African Art (U.S.)

Museum of African Art Washington, DC

Nacionalinis Afrikos meno muziejus

Narodowe Muzeum Sztuki Afrykańskiej

National Museum of African Art

National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution.

NMAfA

Smithsonian Institution Museum of African Art

Smithsonian institution, National museum of African art

Smithsonian institution National museum of African art Washington, DC

United States National Museum of African Art

Washington (D.C.)

Національний музей африканського мистецтва

המוזיאון הלאומי לאמנות אפריקאית

المتحف الوطني للفن الأفريقي

موزه ملی هنر آفریقا

نیشنل میوزیم آف افریقن آرٹ

국립 아프리카 미술관

国立アフリカ美術館

国立非洲艺术博物馆

國立非洲藝術博物館

Languages
English (151)

Covers
Astonishment and powerAfrican vision : the Walt Disney-Tishman African Art CollectionEthiopian passages : contemporary art from the diasporaYinka Shonibare, MBEMemory : Luba art and the making of historyIgbo arts : community and cosmosIn and out of focus : images from Central Africa, 1885-1960Inscribing meaning : writing and graphic systems in African art