I snuck out of work early to attend Membership and Tea with Dr. C at the National Museum of African Art. This is the second time I've attended; a smaller group today but still a good discussion, especially about fundraising for the Smithsonian as an institution as a whole vs. fundraising by individual museums, and how the National Museum of African-American History and Culture will relate to the NMAA and the Anacostia Community Museum.
One of the upcoming exhibits will feature a Moroccan artist named Lalla Essaydi. I'm not familiar with her work so I looked her up. This dreamy, languid image reminds me of my sisters-in-law, and how their world is circumscribed by the inability to read. (If you look closely the whole photo is covered in Arabic calligraphy, an entire genre of art unto itself.)