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Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations 1979–2000

October 11, 2001–January 12, 2002

Venues: Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA; Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; Anta Monica Museum, Santa Monica, CA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Curator: Maurice Berger, Curator of the Center for Art and Visual Culture, UMBC

Organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC

Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations, 1979–2000 is the first major retrospective of the African-American artist and explores his sustained aesthetic inquiry into the relationship between art and the museum. Wilson’s “mock” museum installations, into which he places provocative and beautifully rendered objects, explore the question of how the museum consciously or unconsciously perpetuates prejudice. The exhibition Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations, 1979–2000 consists of more than 100 objects, each configured to recreate sections of Wilson’s original installations.

Supported by the Norton Family Foundation; Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation; Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts; Maryland State Arts Council.