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Philosophy and Art: Fred Wilson

The Human Spill

Colby College Museum of Art, Lunder Collection

On the Web

Watch Structures on PBS. See more from ART:21.

Website concerning the controversy over and "discontinuation" of a public art project by Fred Wilson in Indianapolis, titled E Pluribus Unum


"The Shock of the Familiar" by Phoebe Hogan. New York magazine. June 28, 2003

Sources in the Libraries


Biographical article in Oxford Art Online.



Fred Wilson : objects and installations 1979-2000 / Maurice Berger ; with contributions by Fred Wilson and Jennifer González

.       ART N6537.W547 A4 2001 


 Fred Wilson : black like me/ by Fred Wilson

.      ART N6537.W54 A4 2006 


Fred Wilson : So much trouble in the world-- believe it or not! / Barbara Thompson

     ART N6537.W546 A4 2006 



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[Skowhegan lecture archive] 1995 [sound recording] / Wilson, Fred.  Bixler Multimedia Area  Skowhegan LACD Wilson, F. 1995  v.1, 2

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).


[Skowhegan lecture archive] 2002 [sound recording] / Wilson, Fred.  Bixler Multimedia Area  Skowhegan LACD Wilson, F. 2002 v.1, 2

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





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