In celebration of Mining the Museum’s 25th anniversary, Artist Fred Wilson returns to Baltimore in conversation with George Ciscle, MICA’s Curator-in-Residence and formerly founding director of The Contemporary.
Fred Wilson was an important part of the Contemporary Museum’s early years. For his 1992 exhibition, Mining the Museum, he went through the collection of the Maryland Historical Society and designed an installation within their galleries that illustrated the complicity of museum practices in inadvertently upholding racism. The exhibition was displayed in unexpected arrangements that raised questions about the museum’s representation of African-American and Native-American experiences. Mining the Museum remains an influential show in the field and was a seminal show for Wilson.