Okeke-Agulu: Laurie, while we await others to comment on the issue on the table, let me nudge you a bit on your latest response. I take it  you mean that it is important to consult artists, whenever possible, for discussions about installing their work in the museum. What happens where the artist’s opinion about where to install her work conflicts with the curator’s? Or let me frame it differently: to what extent should the museological interpretation of an artist’s work—whether or not it is displayed in the “African” or 20th-century galleries, as different from whether the work is installed properly—depend on the artist’s opinion? I would think, and I may well be wrong, that where to hang a work and what other works it is displayed with is entirely a curatorial matter that ultimately reflects the curator’s visions and narratives.

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