The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture opens today in America. While the exhibits within will be its main pulling factor, the stunning architecture is photo worthy too.
Designed by David Adjaye, the inverted pyramid shape is inspired by a sculpture by the famous Olowe of Ise who used artistic licence to portray the tiered crowns worn by Yoruba royalty of long ago, on a wooden doorpost
Specifically this Yoruba sculpture below, one of the Ife Teracotta heads cast sometime in the 12th century wears a tiered crown. It was created during a period of stability , trade and art in the various Yoruba kingdoms of West Africa, which are now part of the European constructed Republics of Bènin and Nigeria.
Of course , I am biased but of all the glorious art of African origin, Egyptian Kemet included, my Yoruba art history is what I am most proud of, and I am very pleased to see it acknowledged in this way because of course African American History is most closely tied to the history of the West of Africa much more than any other region of Africa. This, the exhibits within the museum may also reveal
Today, as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture is opened there will be a fresh uncovering of ancestors’ tears and sorrow, exposing of cruelty to humans, stories of triumph and resilience and determination, the doggedness of a sheer will to live and be free of the Africans taken or born into slavery. It will be emotionally exhausting. The African American History is a branch of African history. In the midst of everything Africans and African descendants of every nation worldwide are going through at the hands of mercenary governments working for foreign corporations, and brutal deadly occupying police forces, we are ready for this.