The Research Center for Material Culture at the National Museum of World Cultures is delighted to invite Fred Wilson to present a public lecture in the Wereldmuseum on June 15, 2023. This public lecture, followed by a conversation moderated by Wayne Modest with the artist, will attempt to challenge and critically engage with the changing scope and focus of the ethnographic museum in order to question current understandings of history, identity, and culture.
When: June 15th 2023, 20:00 - 22:00 CET
Where: Bazaal, Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam
About the Speaker
Through his interdisciplinary body of work, Fred Wilson has gained recognition for his highly conceptual and unique artistic practice. His famous intervention, Mining the Museum (1992), exemplifies how through his work, he aims at challenging notions of race history, culture, and conventions of display. Furthermore, Wilson wants to bring attention to how current ways of categorization, collecting, and displaying continue to perpetuate ideas of power relations inscribed into institutions. Although based in the U.S., Wilson has had over 40 solo exhibitions across the globe and has represented his home country at the Cairo Biennale in 1992 and the Venice Biennale in 2003. He is additionally part of the board of trustees at the Whitney Museum and has received recognition through the MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius” Grant (1999), the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (2006), the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change fellowship (2018) and Brandeis University’s Creative Arts Award (2019).