June 20, 2012
“The sight that greeted visitors to the Maryland Historical Society in 1992 was unexpected, chilling even: four decorated nineteenth-century chairs had been moved from their original locations to surround a pre-Civil War whipping post. The effect was precisely what conceptual artist Fred Wilson had intended — viewers were forced to consider the racially charged context of the installation, a part of his Mining the Museum exhibition. ‘It was the only exhibit we’ve ever had that has continued to make a buzz and it’s been years and years since the exhibit was put on,’ said Iris Bierlein, special collections curator at the Maryland Historical Society. ‘For us it was a very big departure from our normal sort of exhibit. We hadn’t been as in-your-face about the good and the bad of history and that’s really what his exhibit was doing, bringing a new perspective to these objects.’”
Toledo Blade: http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2012/06/13/Fred-Wilson-to-share-idea-of-recontextualizing-at-art-museum.html

“The sight that greeted visitors to the Maryland Historical Society in 1992 was unexpected, chilling even: four decorated nineteenth-century chairs had been moved from their original locations to surround a pre-Civil War whipping post. The effect was precisely what conceptual artist Fred Wilson had intended — viewers were forced to consider the racially charged context of the installation, a part of his Mining the Museum exhibition. ‘It was the only exhibit we’ve ever had that has continued to make a buzz and it’s been years and years since the exhibit was put on,’ said Iris Bierlein, special collections curator at the Maryland Historical Society. ‘For us it was a very big departure from our normal sort of exhibit. We hadn’t been as in-your-face about the good and the bad of history and that’s really what his exhibit was doing, bringing a new perspective to these objects.’”

Toledo Blade: http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2012/06/13/Fred-Wilson-to-share-idea-of-recontextualizing-at-art-museum.html

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