This paper examines the ongoing work of installation artist Fred Wilson, who has spent many years intervening in museum spaces as a form of institutional critique. Wilson creates re-installations of museum collections that intentionally fracture the practice of segregation and isolation of cultures. He resists the fixed perceptions created through traditional display methods in art museums, by which an “African section,” “Asian section” and “Western section” are kept in separate quarters. The result of Wilson’s work is not only the questioning of isolating practices, but also the educational focus of art collections that treat non-Western work differently. Several of Fred Wilson’s re-arrangement strategies will be introduced in order to suggest ways that museums might modify their thinking about their collections both in how they are arranged and how they serve to educate their visitors.
|Keywords:||Institutional Critique, Museum Installations, Ethnographic Juxtaposition|
Assistant Professor, Art History, Department of Media Arts, Jordan College of Fine Arts, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, USA
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