SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 / 10 AM – 4 PM

Lectures

Artist Lecture: Fred Wilson

4/11/2013 / 6:30pm

Opacities: The Unforgivable Beauty of Black Glass

Levitt Auditorium
*Reservations required

A 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant as well as the 2003 American representative at the Venice Biennale, Fred Wilson is internationally known for his museum installations, in which he re-installs and re-labels objects owned by a museum for the purpose of creating new meanings and nonconventional narratives. Beyond bringing home the point that the way we view and “read” objects is conditioned by context and juxtaposition, Wilson’s site-specific installations subvert, criticize, or poke fun at the unspoken assumptions that museums make about the social order, including such issues as class, gender, and ethnicity.

Wilson began using glass in his work during a residency at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle in 2001. Three of his glass pieces are featured in Transparencies: The Beginning of the End2009; Drips and Drabs, 2009; and Iago’s Mirror, 2009. Using familiar and historic forms, his glass works represent a continuing investigation into the symbolism and meaning of the color black, both historically and in contemporary times.

This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Media support provided by Iowa Public Radio.

2013-04-11 18:30:00 2013-04-11 00:00:00 America/Chicago Artist Lecture: Fred Wilson Opacities: The Unforgivable Beauty of Black Glass Levitt Auditorium *Reservations required A 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant as well as the 2003 American  representative at the Venice Biennale, Fred Wilson is internationally known for his museum  installations, in which he re-installs and re-labels objects owned by a museum for the  purpose of creating new meanings and nonconventional narratives. Beyond bringing home  the point that the way we view and “read” objects is conditioned by context and juxtaposition,  Wilson’s site-specific installations subvert, criticize, or poke fun at the unspoken assumptions  that museums make about the social order, including such issues as class, gender, and ethnicity. Wilson began using glass in his work during a residency at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle  in 2001. Three of his glass pieces are featured in Transparencies : The Beginning of the End ,  2009; Drips and Drabs , 2009; and Iago’s Mirror , 2009. Using familiar and historic forms, his glass  works represent a continuing investigation into the symbolism and meaning of the color black, both  historically and in contemporary times. This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa  or the National Endowment for the Humanities. Media support provided by Iowa Public Radio. Artist Lecture: Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson
Photo courtesy The Pace Gallery

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