Fred Wilson:
Objects and Installations 1979-2000

Issues of racial bias, gender, class, politics and aesthetics feature prominently in Fred Wilson’s inquiries into the complex relationship between the art object and the museum. The museum itself is Wilson’s medium and muse: his oeuvre consists of faux museum installations and finely wrought mock art objects that use beauty as a vehicle for helping people to reflect on difficult or upsetting themes. Wilson mimics museum practices — exhibition design and display, lighting, curator’s labels, and wall colors — a process he calls “a trompe l’oeil of curating,” in order to create unexpected and often startling artworks that question the museum’s complicity in perpetuating certain social inequalities.

Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations 1979-2000 allowed the viewer to see museum exhibits in a different context, confronting and perhaps changing the viewer’s notion of the museum itself.

In 2006, the Tang Teaching Museum’s first faculty seminar, Object, Exhibition, and Knowledge was supported by a three-year Luce Foundation grant and was organized in part by artist Fred Wilson. Read more about his role in Skidmore faculty seminars.

Exhibition Name
Fred Wilson:
Objects and Installations 1979-2000
Exhibition Type
Solo Exhibitions
Wachenheim Gallery
Oct 26, 2002 - Dec 31, 2002
Objects and Installations is curated by Maurice Berger, Center for Art and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Fred Wilson
Pattern by Erin Barry ’16

Inspired by the exhibition:

The Jewel Thief
The Tang Pattern Project began in 2017 with research on cultural institutions’ branding by Design Intern Mallika Acharya ’18. It progressed into a collaboration organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger with past and current Tang Design Interns to propose a Tang Museum branding refresh. Their new patterns draw inspiration from the Museum’s exhibition history.