Watching an art museum shoot itself in the foot is painful. Watching it then deny responsibility for the mess it has made is exasperating.
A year ago this week, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art took aim and squeezed the trigger, blowing off a few toes and a couple of metatarsals. Then, executing a hasty if bloody pirouette, it feigned innocence for the awful mess.
It still is. And it's way past time to stop dissembling — and to start taking positive action.