Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fred Wilson coming to Indy

Fred Wilson, Artemis / Bast, 1992, plaster, pedestal, 63 x 231/2 x 231/2 inches, Collection Anita and Burton Reiner, Bethesda, MD

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is hosting an open public meeting with Fred Wilson, a world-renowned New York-based artist who has been identified as an artist for a future public art installation on the Cultural Trail. At the meeting, Wed., Feb. 25, 6 p.m. at the Madame Walker Theatre, Fred will introduce himself and his work and engage the audience in an open dialogue about this potential project. Fred Wilson is a conceptual artist whose artistic practice has focused on the re-contextualization of existing art objects and collectibles and the representation of history from the perspective of people of color. His creative process incorporates his own research, outreach, and exploration in the cities in which he creates projects. His final installations often make viewers aware of histories or stories that are not being told or talked about.

While already an accomplished artist, his watershed project entitled "Mining the Museum: An Installation by Fred Wilson" mounted at The Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore in 1992-1993 catapulted him and his work into the consciousness of a much broader audience. In 1993 he produced a project at our own Indianapolis Museum of Art entitled The Spiral of Art History. Wilson's creations have been included in numerous other solo and group exhibitions around the globe, including his selection to represent the United States in 2003 at the Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy. He has received several significant awards and professional recognitions including the prestigious Genius award from the MacArthur Foundation (1999).

Please contact the Arts Council of Indianapolis with questions or for more information: 317.631.3301 or

1 Responses to “Fred Wilson coming to Indy”

Anonymous said...
February 26, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Very interesting lecture and decent turn out also!

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