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Explore the richness of the arts of Africa through this fall’s multi-faceted series of programs at The Textile Museum. Based around the exhibition Weaving Abstraction: Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central Africa, which showcases the rich tradition of raffia weaving and embroidery from the region, each program opens a window into broader cultural understanding. See textiles in motion during a dance performance by KanKouran, glimpse into the future of African design, or experience the flavors of Central African cuisine. After each event, enjoy light refreshments and an opportunity to visit this striking exhibition.

Fees: per program, $20/members; $25/nonmembers. For the series, $120/members; $150/non-members. Children age 5 to 12 (limit 2 per ticket), Free. Advance registration is required; space is limited. Call (202) 667-0441 ext. 64 to register.

The African Art and Culture Series is funded by Eleanor T. Rosenfeld.

       
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Ancient Threads/New Style
Sunday, November 6, 2011 • 2 PM
Dr. Diana N’Diaye, Smithsonian curator, discusses her research for the project “The Will to Adorn: African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity.” She will also highlight how African and African Diaspora designers and fashionistas are using traditional textiles to create contemporary style.

       
  Kimono image   Computational Perspectives on African Art
Sunday, December 4, 2011 • 2 PM
We often admire African art for its aesthetic and social dimensions, but it also contains ideas about computing and mathematics. Join Ron Eglash, computer scientist and ethno-mathematician, as he demonstrates how computing simulations of African designs can reveal fractals and other underlying algorithms connected to indigenous knowledge systems.
       
  Kimono image   Cuisine and Culture in Central Africa
Sunday, December 11, 2011 • 2 PM
Join author and culinary expert Fran Osseo-Asare for an introduction to Central African cuisines and food cultures. She will explore the influences, differences and similarities in ingredients, cooking techniques, equipment, and flavor principles. The program will be followed by an opportunity to sample several dishes.
       
  Kimono image   Art and Culture in the Congo Basin: Where the Sacred Meets the Secular
Sunday, January 8, 2012 • 2 PM
The traditional arts in the vast Congo Basin in Central Africa show an astonishing diversity in shapes, materials, and types. Constantine Petridis, Curator of African Art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, will showcase the artistic creativity from cultures across the region, and also demonstrate the traditional arts typically combine political and religious dimensions.
       
  Kimono image   West African Dance Concert
Sunday, January 29, 2012 • 2 PM
KanKouran, known internationally for its authentic traditional West African Dance will offer an electrifying display of choreography and polyrhythmic drumming from Senegal, Mali, and Guinea while Artistic Director Assane Konte describes each dance’s history, culture, and customs and costumes.
       
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ReSource: Contemporary African Craft and Design
Sunday, February 5, 2012 • 2PM
Dr. Leslie King-Hammond will discuss her 2010 Global Africa Project exhibition from the Museum of Art and Design, New York. This show revealed how African and African-descended craft and design makers are leading the way to address the challenges of the 21st century through innovation, invention, improvisation and self-sufficiency.

       
 

Images (top to bottom): Clothing by Brenda Winstead’of Damali Afrikan Couture)• A Fulani wedding blanket from Mali. Courtesy of Ron Eglash. • Kuba palm wine cup, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Courtesy Fran Osseo-Asare, E. Lewandowski Collection Hat. Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lega people. Fiber, shells, seeds, buttons; H. 39.7 cm. Early to mid 20th century. The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund, 1995.211 [Photo by Howard Agriesti and Gary Kirchenbauer, (c) The Cleveland Museum of Art] The KanKouran Dance Ensemble • Serge Mouangue, Wafrica, 2008. Cotton, silk, wax print. Courtesy of the artist, photo by Yuji Zendou.

 

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