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OP MINING THE MUSEUM: AN INSTALLATION BY FRED WILSON. Ed. by Lisa G. Corrin. Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, 1992. Published 1994. Organized in association with The Contemporary, Baltimore. Published in association with New Press, New York. Distributed by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York. 160 pp. with 110 ills. (33 col.). 32 x 24 cm. LC 93-83615 ISBN 1565841085 In English.
Published to document a provocative display assembled by African American artist Wilson (b. 1954) from the holdings of the Historical Society, this catalogue provides a detailed examination of an installation in which early 19th-century portraits of Southern gentry, posters offering rewards for the capture of runaway slaves, dollhouse furnishings, tea services, shackles and other objects were arranged to illuminate the role of museums in the perpetuation of racial and ethnic biases. Essays that analyze the installation in the context of other artist-designed critiques of museum practices and discuss the historical status of Native Americans and African Americans in Maryland are augmented by an interview with Wilson and reproductions of questionnaires completed by visitors to the exhibition.
Artist(s):Wilson, Fred
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1970 — Several Media — African American Artists, Museum Studies
Plans: 02,03,20,22
Worldwide Number: 024419
Hardcover Out of Print / No Longer Available.

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