Museum

Black to the Powers of Ten

Ellen Johnson Gallery

August 30, 2016 to June 12, 2017

Race, time, memory, and meaning are among the concepts explored in this exhibition of works from 2003–2014 by the artist Fred Wilson. Through glass works designed and fabricated in Murano and the Seattle area, as well as in paintings, sculpture, prints, and video, Wilson challenges assumptions about history, culture, and display practices, offering alternative interpretations and encouraging viewers to reconsider how they think and what they know.

Wilson is well known for re-animating museum collections through his unorthodox installations and in this exhibit, works created by him similarly ask visitors to think deeply about embedded assumptions. Black to the Powers of Ten refers to the 1968 and 1977 short documentary films Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames that examine the universe on its most macro and atomic levels.

Organized in conjunction with the artist by Denise Birkhofer, Ellen Johnson ’33 Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Fred Wilson
LIBERATION, 2012
Acrylic on canvas, blown glass
47–1/4 x 49–5/8 x 2–1/2"
Photo by Silvia Ros
© Fred Wilson, courtesy Pace Gallery