Biographical article in Oxford Art Online.
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Fred Wilson examines his experiences as a museum employee and curator which eventually led to what he considers his watershed work at the Longwood Gallery in which he showed how context could change the meaning of similar objects. This work culminated in a defining project at the Baltimore Historical Society called "Mining the Museum" and subsequent installations. The artist shares what happens when he invites museum-goers to join him in investigating largely unchallenged assumptions, attitudes, and methods of presentation within different types of museums (gallery, ethnographic, historical, natural history).
Fred Wilson presents a slide lecture on his work in a number of museums and related institutions, where he brings new insights to the meaning and relationships of artifacts he finds, using curatorial methods and labels in non-traditional ways, and thereby expanding the viewer's ideas of what the objects can tell about how the past is interpreted. The speaker discusses his work on the Venice Biennale and explains the process, both mental and physical, involved in the development of his projects, as well as the reactions of curators and viewers