Mining the Museum: An Installation by Fred Wilson
New York: The New Press, 1994.
First printing. lxii + 87 pp., 9.25 x 12.25 inches. Cloth and printed paper over boards. Twenty-five color and sixty-two black-&-white illustrations, including numerous die-cut pages, followed by essays, an interview with the artist, excerpts from interviews with museum docents, audience responses, checklist of the exhibition, and selected bibliography. Light wear and small bumps to corners and edges of boards; internally fine, save for a small abrasion to front blank endsheet from sticker removal. Item #4762
Catalogue for the landmark exhibition at The Contemporary in Baltimore, in which Wilson, an artist of African-American and Carib descent, “‘mined’ the collection of a traditional historical society and designed an installation that illustrated the complicity of museum practices in upholding—perhaps inadvertently—racism.”.