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Artist and MacArthur Fellow Fred Wilson Speaks October 23 at Museum

Posted on October 21st, 2008

New York City artist Fred Wilson‘s captivating installations have fueled a heated national conversation about the display of history and objects. Come hear this pioneering figure reflect on his career and offer his take on the Milwaukee Art Museum’s new American Collections Galleries.

Grand Opening | October 23, 2008

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s American Collections Galleries have been comprehensively reinstalled. Five distinct installations now present historic objects and paintings in ways that promise to inspire a modern-day wonder about art and design.

Reception | 5:30 p.m. | Baumgartner Galleria
Hors d’oeuvres, wine and cash bar
Free with general admission
Sponsored by the Collectors’ Corner

Lecture | 6:15 p.m. | Lubar Auditorium
“The Silent Message of the Museum” by Fred Wilson
Free with general admission
Co-sponsored by the American Heritage Society and the
Faith and Willard F.
Henoch Acquisition and Program Fund of the Layton Art Collection

The American Collections Galleries are supported by the Chipstone Foundation and the
Richard C. von Hess Foundation

Born in the Bronx in 1954, Fred Wilson received a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant in 1999 and represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2003. His groundbreaking exhibit “Mining the Museum” (1992) transformed the Baltimore Historical Society’s collection and started a national discussion about the display of history and its objects.