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Smithsonian Defends Bill Cosby Exhibit

The Smithsonian Institution is standing behind a museum exhibition that relies in part on the art collection of Bill Cosby and his wife.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art opened the exhibition of African and African-American artwork in November. On Monday, The Associated Press revealed Cosby admitted in 2005 that he obtained quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

On Tuesday, the museum issued a statement saying it’s “aware of the recent revelations about Bill Cosby’s behavior.” The museum says it “in no way condones this behavior.”

But the museum says the exhibition is fundamentally about the artworks and the artists who created them, not about the owners of the collections.

Cosby hasn’t commented.