Smithsonian Institution statement on Bill Cosby controversy

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Smithsonian Institution statement on Bill Cosby controversy

Smithsonian Institution statement on Bill Cosby controversy


National Museum of African Art Statement

Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue

November 24, 2014


The National Museum of African Art’s mission is to inspire conversations about the beauty, power and diversity of African arts and cultures. We began planning for the Conversations exhibition two years ago to help showcase the history of American art created by persons of African descent. It brings the public’s attention to artists whose works have long been omitted from the study of American art history. We are aware of the controversy surrounding Bill Cosby, who, along with his wife Camille, owns many of the works in the Conversations exhibition. Exhibiting this important collection does not imply any position on the serious allegations that have been made against Mr. Cosby. The exhibition is centrally about the artworks and the artists who created them.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).