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Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations: 1979-2000



Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations: 1979-2000
UNITED STATES
NEW YORK  •  The Studio Museum in Harlem  •  Ongoing
 
Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations: 1979-2000 is the first retrospective of the internationally recognized artist and political activist Fred Wilson, US representative of the 50th Venice Biennale, summer 2003. Organized by Maurice Berger, Curator, the Center for Art and Visual Culture, UMBC, this exhibition centers on Wilson’s sustained and cogent inquiry into the complex relationship between the art object and the museum. His oeuvre consisting of “mock” museum installations into which the artist places provocative and beautifully rendered objects, explore the question of how the museum consciously or unconsciously perpetuates racist beliefs and behavior.



Fred Wilson: Yours
Photo courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem

In these installations, the museum itself functions as the artistic medium – from the use of meticulously fabricated objects to the careful selection of wall colors, lighting, display cases and even wall labels. Sometimes Wilson reconfigures and supplements the collection of an actual museum – as in his landmark installation, Mining the Museum, for the Maryland Historical Society in 1992. Other times, he creates gallery installations that imitate the look and sensibility of a museum. Wilson’s aesthetic commentaries reach across a wide historical expanse – from Egyptian and classical sculpture to African-American memorabilia to "primitivism".

The exhibition consists of more than 100 objects, each reconfigured to re-create sections of Wilson’s original installations.

Born in 1954 in Bronx, NY, Fred Wilson has created site-specific installations in collaboration with numerous museums and cultural institutions throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He has been the recipient of major awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, American Association of Museums, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 1999, he was awarded a fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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