Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson. Photo by Kerry R. McFate, courtesy of Pace Wildenstein.

New York City-based conceptual artist Fred Wilson is known for repurposing objects and artifacts to lead people to see them in a different way. His installations typically create new contexts for displaying art and artifacts found in museum collections—including wall labels, sound, lighting, spatial arrangements, and non-traditional pairings. The changes in context create changes in meaning, highlighting the politics of erasure and exclusion. Wilson’s creative process often involves community outreach and research in the cities where he produces his projects. He first became well-known in the early 1990s for his Mining the Museum at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, which transformed the collection to highlight the history of slavery in America. Wilson has created site-specific installations in collaboration with museums and cultural institutions throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In 2003, Wilson represented the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale with the solo exhibition Fred Wilson: Speak of Me as I Am. His many accolades include the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant (1999), among others. Wilson is a contributor to Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World, published by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in 2011.

References

Four artists of Arab heritage will come together in an international collaboration to create new poetry, music, and visual art works grappling with notions of displacement.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jill Medvedow has been the director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston since 1998.

Grants & Grantees

Located in Chinatown North in Center City Philadelphia, Asian Arts Initiative fosters social change through art.

The Center marks the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts with a short film, released in March 2017.

Grants & Grantees

Vox Populi is a member-run artist collective that presents exhibitions, performances, and other gallery talks, performances, lectures, and related events.

Renowned Liberian singers perform traditional and newly composed songs, inspiring dialogue and action around current pressing community issues.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Director and producer Melanie Joseph is the artistic producer and founder of the Foundry Theatre in New York City.

Questions of Practice

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While Jens Hoffmann was in Philadelphia to lecture at the Center in 2011, he made a few “studio” visits with local dance companies and described the experience to us.

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Collaborators & Colleagues

Since its inception in 1996, Peter Taub has overseen the dance, music, performance, and theater program at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.