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new museum chief fiercely promotes african art, but faces a more prosaic problem at home

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new museum chief fiercely promotes african art, but faces a more prosaic problem at home

smithsonian national museum of african art director augustus (gus) casely-hayford. (credit — franko khoury, eepa national museum of african art)when he talks about african art, augustus (gus) casely-hayford radiates like a beam of sunshine.that’s good because most of the national african art museum he now heads gets little of it. the subterranean architecture is symbolic of the buried treasure that is african art. african culture remains hidden in many ways, and that’s casely-hayford’s challenge.it’s a challenge in more ways than one. african culture too often has been overlooked or denigrated, if not stolen, in a european-centric environment, a subject that incites casely-hayford. repatriating purloined artifacts is a priority for man who owes fealty to the culture before any in...