Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

The National Museum of African Art

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

The National Museum of African Art

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In December 2015, The National Museum of African Art (Washington, D.C.) presented a lecture by South African artist and cultural activist Marcus Neustetter (a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow investigating the collections of the National Museum of African Art and National Air and Space Museum) who focus his work on the intersections of art, science, and technology. Neustetter has produced numerous cross-disciplinary projects in the gallery as well as the public and virtual domain. In his work he uses the term the vertical gaze to describe the act of looking, whether into the night sky or beneath the layers of earth.

In February 2015, Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh will brings his sound art to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in the new work Market Symphony which draws on the commercial cries and urban ambiance of Balogun, a sprawling open-air market in Lagos, Africa's largest and most populated city. Ogboh's "soundscape" lets visitors experience the distinctive sounds of this vibrant Nigerian metropolis and the traders who drive its daily economy.

The 'Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria' is on exhibit until July 2016, featuring Solomon Osagie Alonge (1911-1994), one of Nigeria's premiere photographers and the first official photographer of the royal court of Benin, Nigeria. …

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