Art+Feminism Press Release

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February 12, 2018
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Press Contact: Molly Kurzius, molly_kurzius@moma.org

2018 WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON
SATURDAY, MARCH 3
AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

WITH HUNDREDS OF EVENTS INTERNATIONALLY
THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF MARCH

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY IS MARKED WITH EVENTS
EVERY WEEKEND IN NEW YORK CITY

New York City — Art+Feminism’s fIfth-annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, an all-day event designed to generate coverage of feminism and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage women editors, will take place on March 3, 2018, at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, with hundreds of partner events around the world. Featuring tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, childcare, and refreshments, the much-anticipated event will take place at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building, 4 West 54 Street, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Beginning this project, we knew that our role would not only be to empower women — we use the most expansive definition of that term — to edit online but to stand with them as they are challenged by those who do not see value in their perspective,” said Art+Feminism organizers Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, McKensie Mack, and Michael Mandiberg. “Art+Feminism is about making Wikipedia a more complete and representative source of information, but it doesn’t end there for us. It’s about dismantling systems of thought that diminish or erase entirely the place in the history of people from marginalized communities.”

To address these issues, the Edit-a-thon will feature a series of programs throughout the day. This year’s edit-a-thon kicks off with “Careful with Each Other, Dangerous Together,” a conversation about the relationship between structures of inequality and structures of the Internet, the affective labor of Internet activism, and creating inclusive online communities. Design researcher and artist Caroline Sinders will moderate the discussion between Sydette Harry, Editor, Mozilla Foundation, and Editor-at-Large, Coral Project and Sarah Jaffe, Reporting Fellow, the Nation Institute, and author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt. Afternoon breakout groups will include bias training, using Wikipedia in the classroom, and gallery sessions exploring feminist art.

In addition to the Edit-a-thon at The Museum of Modern Art, New York City will play host to 20 Art+Feminism-related events throughout February, March, and April to celebrate the fifth year of Art+Feminism. Amongst other institutions, edit-a-thons are being organized by No Longer Empty; Bard Graduate Center; Barnard College; Black Lunch Table; Columbia University; CUNY Graduate Center; Interference Archive; The Jewish Museum; Kickstarter; Museum of the City of New York; School of Visual Arts Library; and Triangle Art Association.

Special programs in celebration of Art+Feminism’s fifth anniversary include: an Art+Feminism WikiData training and conversation between Katherine Maher, Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation and Loic Tallon, Chief Digital Officer, The Met, moderated by Dennis K. Berman, Business Editor, The Wall Street Journal at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 13; a panel on the representation of women in the Digital Era at the Consulate General of France featuring Art+Feminism co-founders; and a program at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions on April 1 focused on radical archiving — both the preservation of politically potent content and the assertion of archiving as a radical act. Marking the culmination of the month-long Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, the event brings together New York-based organizations including Black Lunch Table; Barnard Zine Library; Bluestockings; Radical Reference; NYC Trans Oral History Project; The GenderFail Archive Project with The ICP Library; and Pilot Press, who will fill the VW Dome with their archives and collaborate on short discussions covering practical and theoretical elements of their work, and what is needed to preserve and document underrepresented histories.

Edit-a-thons will take place during the month of March at hundreds of institutions across the globe, including Spelman College, Atlanta; La (3) de l’Apolo, Barcelona; University of California, Berkeley; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane; Consejo Profesional de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Buenos Aires; Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, Buffalo; Cardiff University; J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, Dallas; University College Dublin; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva; Vasireddy Venkatadri Institute of Technology, Guntur; The Menil Collection, Houston; Baexong Arts Kyoto; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; MS2, Lodz; Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Lima; Chelsea College of Arts, London; Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Artexte, Montreal; Wikimedians of Nepal; Yale University, New Haven; Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; California College of the Arts, Oakland; National Art Center, Ottawa; New School, Paris; Princeton University; RISD Library, Providence; Museu Histórico Nacional, Rio de Janeiro; Rome Maxxi; Universidad Fidélitas, San Pedro; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Philadelphia Museum of Art; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; University of St. Andrews; Index, Stockholm; Atelier Stroud; Custard Cream Co-Working Space, Taiwan; Blitz, Valletta; Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver; National Museum of Women of the Arts, Washington, DC; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown; and online in a month-long edit-a-thon led by Women in Red. An updating list of venues can be found on the Art+Feminism’s website: http://www.artandfeminism.org/find-an-event/

Founded in 2014 by Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, Michael Mandiberg and Laurel Ptak, Art+Feminism is a do-it-yourself campaign to improve coverage of gender, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage women editors. Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented; in a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as women. This lack of participation has led to significant gaps in content on world’s most popular online research tool. Since 2014, over 7,000 people at more than 500 events around the world have participated in Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons, resulting in the creation and improvement of more than 11,000 articles on Wikipedia.

The 2018 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is organized by Art+Feminism, led by Siân Evans; Jacqueline Mabey; McKensie Mack; and Michael Mandiberg, in collaboration with AfroCROWD; Black Lunch Table; Women in Red; the Professional Organization for Women in the Arts (POWarts); and The Museum of Modern Art. Art+Feminism receives support from Qubit New Music and Wikimedia New York City. The Art+Feminism leadership collective includes Mohammed Sadat Abdulai; Stacey Allan; Amber Berson; Sara Clugage; Richard Knipel; Stuart Prior; Melissa Tamani; and Addie Wagenknecht.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Art+Feminism at The Museum of Modern Art is supported by The Modern Women’s Fund.

The Art+Feminism initiative is made possible by the Wikimedia Foundation.

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