Temne, Sierra Leone, Hat with tassel, early 20th century, Silver, 3 13/16 x 7 9/16 x 6 1/2 in. (9.68 x 19.21 x 16.51 cm.), Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Gift of William Siegmann 2011.70.29
August 6-19: Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone
You can see masks, jewelry, stone figures and other traditional artwork from two West African countries at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone will be on display through August 19. The exhibit features roughly 70 artifacts collected by the late William Siegmann, former curator of African art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
August 6: Phil Wiggins
Blues artist Phil Wiggins will perform at The Kennedy Center tonight in a free Millennium Stage concert starting at 6 p.m. The native Washingtonian developed his style of harmonica-playing by listening to musicians such as Sonny Terry, Junior Wells, and Little Walter. He'll be joined on stage by guitarist and vocalist Rick Franklin, violinist Marcus Moore and dancer Junious Brickhouse.
Music: “The Harmonica Blues” by Sonny Terry