Commentary on the Commentary

Commentary on the Commentary
As controversies swirl around the Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue  exhibition, art historian and museum educator John Welch joined the critical conversation. This article is the first of two commentaries on the exhibition.  While this initial article takes issue with points made in a review of the show, it is not intended as an apologia for Bill Cosby.  The second article will discuss the "conversations" occurring within the extensive exhibition (the media coverage of which has been obscured by on-going developments stemming from the rape allegations).  The second article also will offer a perspective on the social and media dynamics surrounding the exhibition within a larger history. Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue from the Collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and …