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Smithsonian Posts Disclaimer Outside Show Featuring Works From the Cosbys’ Collection

July 18, 2015

 Bill Cosby

Source: ArtNews

 

NPR reported that the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art will post a disclaimer to inform visitors that its “Conversations” exhibition, which contains pieces owned by Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, is “fundamentally about the artworks and the artists who created them, not Mr. Cosby.”

After Cosby confessed to purchasing quaaludes with the intention to drug women for sex, the museum has decided to post the disclaimer, which, Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas explained, will state that the museum does not condone Cosby’s behavior.

 

The exhibition, which will continue through January 24, 2016, contains 100 works curated by the Smithsonian alongside about 60 pieces donated by the Cosbys. Earlier this week, the Smithsonian confirmed an earlier report by the Associated Press, which stated that Camilla Cosby is on the museum’s advisory board and had donated a whopping $716,000. That gift covered the cost of almost the entire “Conversations” exhibit. The Smithsonian covered the remaining $136,000.

 

Although the Museum has already placed a statement on its website, the following disclaimer will now appear outside the exhibition:

 

“A Message to Our Visitors about This Exhibition

 

Allegations that publicly surfaced when we opened this exhibition in November