How much could you get done in 5 years?
In 2013, we started a project that we didn’t realize would grow to reach thousands of people across the globe. We started a project about women and the ways we talk about them and write about them on the internet. Our project lives on Wikipedia, one of the largest websites in the world and the largest general reference work to date. In 2011, it was reported that less than 10% of people editing the entries we read every day about celebrities, scientists, writers, and teachers were women. What happens when the people editing our history don’t look like us? Don’t sound like us? Don’t know our lived experiences? Don’t see the value in our history?
2018 will see hundreds of edit-a-thons around the world. 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 here: http://www.artandfeminism.org/find-an-event/