Artist Lecture: Fred Wilson "Opacities: The Unforgivable Beauty of Black Glass"
Thursday, April 11 / 6:30 pm
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 non-conventional 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.