Fred Wilsons Mining Th -Op/111

Lisa G. Corrin, Author, Fred Wilson, Author
Lisa G. Corrin, Author, Fred Wilson, Author NTC Business Books $45 (87p) ISBN 978-1-56584-108-6
Reviewed on: 02/28/1994
Release date: 03/01/1994
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To demonstrate how museums ignore or misrepresent the cultural contributions and history of blacks and Native Americans, New York installation artist Fred Wilson recently ``mined'' the Maryland Historical Society's collection (with that institute's cooperation) to create a powerful exhibit. His startling juxtapositions, recreated in this remarkable catalogue, include a Ku Klux Klan hood nestled in a turn-of-the-century baby carriage and iron slave shackles alongside a fine silver tea set. Wilson, a conceptual artist of African American and Carib descent, has rearranged and labeled marble portrait busts, reward posters for runaway slaves, cigar-store Indians with backs turned to the viewer, doll houses and other artifacts. This highly provocative album argues for a more open, inclusive relationship between cultural institutions and the communities they serve. Corrin, co-curator of the ``mock exhibit,'' provides an illuminating interpretive essay. (May)
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