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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.287
People
Fred Wilson, American (Bronx, NY born 1954)
Printed by Pamplemousse Press
Published by Pace Editions, Inc., American
Title
1863
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
2006
Culture
American
Location
Level 3, Room 3610, University Teaching Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink jet digital print with glassine overlay
Technique
Ink jet digital print
Dimensions
sheet: 48.9 x 68.9 cm (19 1/4 x 27 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l. r. in graphite pencil: Fred Wilson 2006
  • inscription: lower left of glassine overlay in graphite pencil: 28/35
  • inscription: lower right of glassine overlay in graphite pencil: Fred Wilson 2006
Provenance
[Pace Prints, New York, New York], sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, December 2006.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Edition
28/35
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.287
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Ink jet digital print ("Camp of Massachusetts Sixth Regt. Vols. Suffolk, Va.") with glassine overlay. Oval cut-out in glassine overlay lower left, surrounding female figure hanging laundry.
Commentary
Wilson, who lives and works in NY, is best known for his site-specific installations, or more appropriately, "re-installations," of museum and other institutional collections to reflect the absence or negation of African American art, life, and culture. This print functions analogously-Wilson has taken an 1863 lithograph depicting a Massachusetts regiment of Union soldiers at their encampment, copied it, and then printed it as a digital image. The resulting digital print is covered with a translucent sheet of interleaf, obscuring the overall image. A small hole however reveals the single black figure in the composition-a washerwoman at the fringe, hanging up laundry to dry. Through his manipulation of the historical image, Wilson reveals the invisibility of the laundress, and more pointedly, the invisibility of blacks and their work in the history of the Civil War, and ultimately this country.
Exhibition History

Critical Printing, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/31/2019 - 01/05/2020

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