Understanding African Art

Understanding African Art

Johnnetta Cole, the new head of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, joins Kojo to discuss her passion for African art and her role as educator-turned-museum chief.

Nearly half a century ago, a man named Warren Robbins opened his basement gallery of African art to the public. Today, that underground exhibition is the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. The museum is often overshadowed by better-known offerings on the Mall, but it's about to launch its most ambitious exhibition ever. We talk with its new leader, former Spelman College President Johnnetta B. Cole.

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