Category: Ed Outreach Upcoming Events

Title: Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa

Date Published: March 16, 2020

picture of a golden ornament
Postponed until the fall semester

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC

Gold from West Africa was the engine that drove the movement of things, people, and ideas across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East in an interconnected medieval world. As the incredible works in this exhibition show, it is not possible to understand the emergence of the early modern world without this West African story.
Caravans of Gold calls on what archaeologists have termed “the archaeological imagination”—the act of recapturing the past through surviving traces—to present a critical rethinking of the medieval period. Here, rare and precious archaeological fragments are seen side by side, bringing new understanding to complete works of art from the medieval period.
The workshop for educators will provide teachers with the opportunity to visit the exhibit, hear from scholars, and receive lesson plans and other materials. This workshop is a collaboration among the Education Department of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, and Howard University’s Center for African Studies. Lunch will be served. Register here.

This program is made possible by a Title VI grant from the United States Department of Education, which is funding National Resource Centers on Africa at Howard University and on the Middle East at Georgetown University, and by support from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown.