Fred Wilson — Artist LectureName: Fred Wilson — Artist LectureDate: October 19, 2016Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EDTWebsite: http://umass.edu/umcaEvent Description:“The Silent Message of the Museum, and Other New Works” Since the beginning of his career, Fred Wilson has created a diverse range of work that challenges assumptions of history, culture, and race. In 2017 Wilson will be collaborating with the UMCA in an interdisciplinary exhibition. Fred Wilson (b. 1954, Bronx, NY) has created site-specific installations in collaboration with museums and cultural institutions throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. His work encourages viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives and raises critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion. Beginning with the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed exhibition Mining the Museum (1992?1993) at the Maryland Historical Society, Fred Wilson has juxtaposed and re-contextualized existing objects to create new installations, which alter their traditional meanings or interpretations. In 2003, Wilson represented the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale with the solo exhibition Fred Wilson: Speak of Me as I Am. His many accolades include the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant (1999).