Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Smithsonian's "Conversations" exhibit is about the artists, and not the Cosbys

"Ezekiel Saw the Wheel" (1939) by William Henry Johnson. Collection of Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr.
WASHINGTON, DC---The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art is well aware of the recent revelations about Bill Cosby’s behavior. However, the museum's “Conversations” exhibition, which includes works of African art from its own permanent collection and African American art from the collection of Camille and Bill Cosby, is not about the Cosbys. It is fundamentally about the artworks and the artists who created them. "Conversations" at the Smithsonian Institute brings together African and African American artworks in a visual and intellectual dialogue about particular crosscutting themes including "Spiritualities." The artworks here span continents, reflecting both long-standing traditions and new sources of inspiration.