Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
Spending an evening with the Cosby’s conjures up either a TV Land marathon or a stand up routine at a comedy club. Soon DC will be able to interact with the Cosby’s in a few way. National Museum or African Art will open an exhibition that showcases work by African American artists, traditional and contemporary art from Africa and over 300 pieces from the Cosby’s collection.
What is unfortunately left out of this article is the timing of this exhibit. It will open this fall and run through early 2016. It is hoped that the National Museum of African American History and Culture will open in 2016. This exhibit is an excellent precursor to the museum’s opening. The NMAAHC currently occupies a gallery in the National Museum of American History. I am curious to see if they will take advantage of the new museum’s opening to connect these two together. Often I have noticed it is hard for the Smithsonian Museums to unite toward a common good. Thankfully in the video at the bottom, Camille Cosby herself outlines all the opportunities to unite the two museums with an example of free blacks in the 17th century who were artists showing the early roots of African American culture. Hopefully we see some connections following the exhibit’s opening, and that we see more hype around the museum’s opening.