Alisa LaGamma is Ceil and Michael E. Pulitzer Curator in Charge of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Historical African artists are rarely named in museums – but we must retrieve what information we can
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