Upheaval at premier museum echoes racial turmoil in America

Magdalene Odundo at the African Heritage House with one of her pots from her first exhibition in Africa in the background.  PHOTO | AFRICAN HERITAGE

What you need to know:

  • The museum is under pressure to diversify its mostly white staff.
  • The world’s largest museum and research institution, the Smithsonian, is respected for the promotion of culture, the arts and history.

Perched at a strategic location at the Museum of African Art in Washington, DC, is a shiny smooth, dark-brown ceramic with black spots by Kenya-born Magdalene Odundo, whose work captures the momentary stillness of a dancer’s sleeve.

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