Heroes: Principles of African Greatness

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue: Washington, D.C., United States

November 13, 2019 - November 14, 2021 Exhibition November 13, 2019 November 14, 2021 Europe/London Heroes: Principles of African Greatness Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue: Washington, D.C., United States

Be your best. This is the quest that the greatest of heroes model for us. Through their journeys, struggles, and triumphs, exceptional individuals exemplify values that we celebrate in tales of heroic accomplishment. Through art, artists tell such stories—stories of the world’s current complexity, but also visions of a world that could yet be. Heroes: Principles of African Greatness features artworks from the National Museum of African Art’s permanent collection that tell the story of key heroic principles and personages in Africa’s arts and history. Throughout, core values are considered as each artwork is paired with a specific historic African individual who embodies the value expressed in the selected work. Discover Africa’s heroes—some well-known, others perhaps surprising—and see artworks in new ways.