Visiting Artist: Fred Wilson



What happens when an artist takes back the curatorial power of cultural institutions and rewrites the accepted narrative? Fred Wilson has built his 40-year career on this notion. He visits the Canzani Center Auditorium to discuss his work.

Wilson’s landmark Mining the Museum (1992-1993) exhibition at the Maryland Historical Society saw him choose objects from the museum’s collection and install them in provocative tableaux — a Ku Klux Klan hood in an Edwardian baby carriage, for instance — to challenge the institutional narrative of the black American experience. He’s continued along that trajectory, often employing found objects to communicate his messages.

Wilson will talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Canzani Center Auditorium at Columbus College of Art & Design (60 Cleveland Ave.). The event is part of the Beeler Gallery Visiting Artists & Scholars Series and is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit beelergallery.org.



Canzani Center Auditorium