2 years ago 4 notes
2 years ago 4 notes
2 years ago 4 notes Wilson's E Pluribus Unum: New & Improved Wikipedia article
I can’t deny my interest in the future of E Pluribus Unum. That’s why I’ve dragged my feet for months and have put off updating the Wikipedia article following the extremely heated controversy surrounding its installation. In Wikipedia, neutrality is of the utmost importance, and I just didn’t think I could calm my emotions down long enough to deliver.
When I had the pleasure of meeting Fred Wilson last year, I of course was introduced as the girl who updated his Wikipedia article. This isn’t a lie. I’d updated his bio and also created the stub for E Pluribus Unum, way back when things were still calm and cheery. Then September came… and October. That night at Madame Walker was one of the most eye opening and emotional evenings I’ve experienced, and my peers who were there with me agree.
Luckily I’m surrounded by museum studies grads who have
been coerced had the opportunity to learn Wikipedia. When I was asked again about updating the E Pluribus Unum article, I quickly called upon the best of the best - my dear friend Maggie, who just so happens to be a research assistant working on further contextualizing the sculpture, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and issues of race in Indianapolis history.
Thankfully (sigh of relief) she consented, and went straight to updating the article with her abundance of research. We were both still stuck, however, on how to go about the dreaded Controversy heading. But in the end, we did it… (thanks mostly to Tyler Green!) After two intensely collaborative days of Wiki-editing, which turned into an extremely healing, cathartic experience, we completed our task. Please, join us in our sigh of relief.
This is an extremely important artwork that has brought up deep-seated issues in the Indianapolis community. It’s important that all of the information is correctly out there for people to access. This is why we’re so proud to have helped get the article to its present state. (And know that it’s a never ending process, so edit away!) Here’s hoping that we make it onto the Wikipedia main page in the coming weeks and are able to share this artwork’s story with an even wider audience.
2 years ago $50K Joyce Award for Fred Wilson's E Pluribus Unum
2 years ago 2 notes Audio: Fred Wilson responds to controversy
It seemed to me that the majority of those calling in were not opposed to the sculpture, which is a positive turn. The level-headed were able to speak their piece.
“(What about those who say) this dredges up memories that I don’t want to be confronted with?”
Fred Wilson: “You can’t heal a wound unless you open it up and air it out, clean it, and then it can heal properly. Covering over it just makes it fester under the skin. So my desire is to both create a new image with the original in a different way, but also to try to clean it out so that we can move forward.”
“Are you an agent for change in art?”
Fred Wilson: “That is the outcome often, but I don’t go in saying I’m going to make change…. I’m an artist and what I do is go into a given situation without any preconceived notions. I absorb that place and see what happens.”