WASHINGTON (AP) _ Philip Ravenhill, chief curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art the past 10 years, died from a heart attack Monday at his home. He was 52.

An anthropologist with a special interest in the visual arts, Ravenhill joined the National Museum of African Art in 1987 and played a major role in selecting and recommending works for the museum to acquire.

More than two dozen classical works recently donated to the museum to honor its 10th anniversary are currently featured in an exhibition Ravenhill organized.

Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Ravenhill was a senior research fellow at the International African Institute.

Ravenhill is survived by his mother, two sons and one daughter. His marriage to Judith Timyan ended in divorce.