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Fred Wilson
Portrait of Fred Wilson, February 2005. Photograph by Kerry Ryan McFate / Courtesy The Pace Gallery.

Fred Wilson

Life’s Link: A Fred Wilson Installation
Feb. 21 - July 8, 2012

The SCAD Museum of Art is pleased to “re-present” the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art by 2012 deFINE ART artist honoree Fred Wilson. An acclaimed conceptual artist, Wilson is known for his “institutional interventions,” specifically the ways in which he creates new exhibition contexts for the display of art and artifacts found in museum collections through his re-adaptation of wall labels, sound and lighting, as well as his non-traditional pairings of objects. The aim of Wilson’s artistic practice is to elicit questions and reconsideration of how institutions and those who work within them shape interpretations of historical truth, artistic value, and the language of display.

For his SCAD Museum of Art exhibition, Wilson will use works from the Walter O. Evans Collection and additional source material from several historical institutions in the city of Savannah to encourage viewers and venues to recognize that changes in context can create significant changes in meaning.

Reception
Friday, Feb. 24, 6:30-8 p.m. as part of the deFINE ART gallery hop

Keynote lectures
• SCAD Savannah: 7 p.m., Feb. 23, Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St.
• SCAD Atlanta: 7 p.m., Feb. 22, SCAD Atlanta, Events Space, fourth floor, Building C

Keynote lecture presented by SCAD with generous support from the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation.

Presented as part of the 2012 deFINE ART program

Exhibition and reception are free with SCAD Museum of Art admission. Lectures are free and open to the public.

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Artist bio

Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson was named to the board of trustees of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, in 2009. Among other awards and honors, he was awarded the MacArthur Foundation grant in 1999. Wilson lives and works in New York, New York, where he is represented by The Pace Gallery.

Education
Wilson earned a B.F.A. from the State University of New York, Purchase, and was awarded honorary doctorates from Northwestern University and Skidmore College.

Notable exhibitions
• Mining the Museum: An Installation by Fred Wilson, sponsored by the Baltimore Historical Society, Maryland, 1992–93
• Fred Wilson, Objects and Installations 1979–2000, which traveled to eight venues nationally from 2001–04
• Fred Wilson: Speak of Me as I Am, 50th Venice Biennale, 2003

Permanent collections
• The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
• Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland
• Brooklyn Museum, New York
• Denver Art Museum, Colorado
• High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
• Institute of Jamaica, Kingston
• The Jewish Museum, New York, New York
• The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
• The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
• Seattle Art Museum, Washington
• Whitney Museum of American Art

On the Web
View PBS's "Art in the Twenty-First Century" in the episode "Structures," 2005.