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The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Fred Wilson

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Fred Wilson and was taped live at the Toledo Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of “Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012.” The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass movement and the TMA’s role in it. The show includes work by Wilson, Dan Flavin, Josiah McElheny and more. (Toledo has long been one of the world’s glass-manufacturing powerhouses.)

Wilson is best known for his works made not out of pigment-and-canvas or bronze, but with museum collections. His work with his materials raises questions about historical narratives we’ve been taught, narratives that are often re-inforced by collections and displays of cultural objects. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Wilson’s landmark “Mining the Museum” exhibition at the Maryland Historical Society, an exhibition that was organized by Lisa Corrin for Baltimore’s The Contemporary Museum kunsthalle. Wilson has exhibited widely across the United States and has represented the United States at the Cairo Biennial (1992) and at the Venice Biennale (2003).

One of the works Wilson exhibited in Venice in 2009 was Iago’s Mirror, which the TMA acquired last year. Wilson and I recorded this week’s show while sitting in front of it. [Image: Wilson, courtesy TMA/Andrew Weber.]

Among the topics Wilson and I discussed are:

  • Why he shifted from using collections as his material to making objects;
  • How working as an educator at several New York museums right after finishing college impacted his work and his career;
  • The demise of the E Pluribus Unum project (MAN’s coverage is here);
  • At what museums and at what kinds of institutions he would most like to work next; and
  • The impact of “Mining the Museum.”

To download the program directly, click here. To download or subscribe to The Modern Art Notes Podcast via iTunes, click here. To subscribe to The MAN Podcast’s RSS feed, click here. You can stream the program through the player below.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. It is released under this Creative Commons license. The show was edited by Wilson Butterworth. For images of the works discussed on this week’s show, click through to the jump.

Fred Wilson, Iago’s Mirror, 2009. Collection of the Toledo Museum of Art. Fred Wilson, Iago’s Mirror, 2009. Collection of the Toledo Museum of Art. Fred Wilson, Metalwork, 1723-1880, from “Mining the Museum”, 1992. Fred Wilson, Pssst!, 2005. Fred Wilson, Drip Group, 2010. Fred Wilson, Rendering of E Pluribus Unum (proposed), 2009-2011.

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