This past weekend, I found myself in D.C. on work travel so I decided to take advantage of all the sights and eats. D.C. is easily one of my top domestic destinations because of the diverse population, expansive culinary options, and all of the free museums. On this visit, my primary objective (outside of work obligations) was to visit the Hirshhorn Museum and walk through the Infinity Mirrors exhibit. Unfortunately, I was the 1349082345 person in line on Saturday morning and they were only giving out 100 walk-up passes! After sulking for all of 30 seconds, I decided to make the most of the day and check out another museum in close proximity which resulted in me stumbling across a hidden gem–the National Museum of African Art.
The Museum featured some of the most exquisite works of art that I’ve encountered thus far. From striking oil paintings made in Ethiopia to 19th century masks made by Nigerian warriors, there was such an explosion of color and culture housed within the walls of the Museum.
Per usual, I snapped everything that my eyes beheld. Check out my photos and let me know what you think. I would encourage you to check out this museum on your next D.C. visit.
Location: 950 Independence Avenue, SW
Ticket price: Free
Featured art (from left to right):
Row 1: Jali geodesic dome, Nasser Mansouri, 2015; Crest mask, Boki Artist-Nigeria, Late 19th century
Row 2: The Fisherman and the River Goddess with His Captured Multi-Colored Fishes and the River Night Guard, Twins Seven-Seven, 1960; Battle of Adwa, Solomon Belachew, 1970; Bottle (made of glass beads, gourd, wood, and glass buttons), Bamum peoples, Grassfields region, Cameroon, Late 19th century
Row 3: Bowl, Deaninal, 1970-73; Archer figure, Inland Niger Delta Style, Mali, 13th-15th century; N/A for third photo
Row 4: Hallucination, Alexander Boghossian, 1961; Comb, Baule artist, Côte D’Ivoire, Mid 20th century; Battle of Adwa, Solomon Belachew, 1970; Face mask, Punu artist, Gabon and Republic of the Congo, Late 19th Century
Row 5: Contact, Nandipha Mntambo, 2010; N/A for second photo; Untitled, M’Bor Faye, 1970; Doll, Ibibio peoples, Nigeria, Late 20th Century
Row 6: Untitled, El Anatsui, 2009; Battle of Adwa, Solomon Belachew, 1970; Bowl, Fulbe artist, Biu, Nigeria, Late 20th century
Row 7: Initiation wall panels, Nkanu arist, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Early 20th century, Helmet mask, Ukelle group, Ejagham peoples, Cross River region, Nigeria, Late 19th century