As of 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1, advanced sales will close for Invoke Your Pride. Tickets will be available for sale at the door (credit card only).

Invoke Your Pride: A Night at the African Art Museum

Friday, June 1, 8–11 p.m. (7–11 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders)

National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC

Must be 21 years old with valid photo ID to attend.

Kick-off the annual Capital Pride Festival at this exclusive after-hours event at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Get special access to spectacular exhibitions, including Jim Chuchu’s stunning Invocations, and enjoy curators’ talks, music, dancing, cocktails, and more.

In his deeply personal and visually mesmerizing videos Invocation: The Severance of Ties and Invocation: Release, versatile Nairobi-based artist Jim Chuchu draws on the language of rituals and the divine imagery of world religions to commemorate his journey to self-definition as an adult and as a gay man, while envisioning a more inclusive African future.

Chuchu’s torso creates powerful graphic patterns as it spins, splits, multiplies, and morphs to the track of house beats composed by the artist. A singer, songwriter, and music producer, Chuchu has created a special playlist for the event.

Jim Chuchu's playlist:
Listen on Spotify or iTunes

The full museum is open to guests during the evening, including the museum store. Event highlights include:

  • Cash/credit bar provided by Tortoise and Hare
  • Dancing to music by DJ Alkimist
  • GIF photo booth by OM Digital
Special features for VIP ticket-holders:

Exclusive early access to the event beginning at 7 p.m., with small bites and an open bar featuring beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. Please note these VIP benefits are only available between 7 and 8 p.m.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover

Order by phone at 202-633-3030 (M-F, 9-5). A $3.00 phone service fee applies.

Ticket Prices & Policies

Pre-sale through May 4
  • General Admission: $25
  • VIP Admission: $45
Starting May 5
  • General Admission: $30
  • VIP Admission: $50
At the door (if available)
  • General Admission: $35
  • VIP Admission: $60

All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. There are no Smithsonian Associates member discounts or any other special discounts for Smithsonian at 8 event tickets.

Tickets are not mailed. Check-in at the door; enter on Independence Ave. A photo ID is required.