What We Did Together

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Image: Two editors hard at work at 2019 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at MoMA, New York. Photo Manuel Molina Martagon [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)].

We’re pleased the share that over 4,000 people at three hundred events around the world participated in Art+Feminism’s six annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, which took place across the months of March and April. Together, we created or improved nearly 25,000 articles on Wikipedia and added 2,000 images to Wikimedia Commons.

Highlights of articles created and improved include Anni Albers, Winifred Hall Allen, Archivo Histórico del movimiento de lesbianas feministas de México, Mieke Bal, Deanna Bowen, Tania Bruguera, Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter, Elizabeth Catlett, Sarah Charlesworth, Akwaeke Emezi, Feminatywum, Rita Gonzales, Che Gossett, Barbara Hammer, Nancy Holt, Holly Lee, Luanne Martineau, Amara Moira, Haruko Okano, Judy Pfaff, Griselda Pollock, Gabriela Rodríguez, Leanne Simpson, and Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell.

The Museum of Modern Art Edit-a-thon kicked off with a live-streamed conversation between writer and archivist Che Gossett; performance artist, writer, and educator Alok Vaid-Menon; and Simone Browne, Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. The discussion was moderated by Danielle A. Jackson, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance, The Museum of Modern Art. Jackson framed the conversation by invoking Ralph Lemon and the concept of shakey elegance, the potential for beauty in the movements of trans bodies, queer bodies, and bodies of color to resist violence.

The MoMA Edit-a-thon also featured a Gallery Session on feminist art; a discussion of the forward-thinking teaching artists at MoMA via materials in the archives; a workshop on creating boundaries to combat implicit and explicit bias; and a teach-in on deleting and defending articles on Wikipedia. With the intention of making women artists and photographers of the African Diaspora more visible, The Black Lunch Table hosted their Wikimedia Photo Booth. Photographers Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Andrea Cauthen, and Kay Hickman took portraits of Abigail DeVille, Che Gossett, and Derrick Adams, amongst others, for upload to Wikimedia Commons. Communal editing tables were hosted by AfroCROWD, an organization that increases awareness of free culture movements among people of African descent, and POWarts, which champions the professional lives of women in the art world. Across the street, New York Public Library’s 53rd Street Branch hosted Drag Queen Story Hour and offered a zine-making workshop, led by New York Tech Zine Fair.

The Art+Feminism project continued to expand around the world, with significant contributions to Armenian and Arabic language Wikipedia. Edit-a-thons took place at hundreds of institutions across the globe, including Institut Africain des Medias, Abidjan; Centro Cultural de España Juan de Salazar, Asunción; Sala Apolo, Barcelona; Kunstmuseum Basel; Ulster Museum, Belfast; Universidad del Valle, Cali; The Corning Museum of Glass; Hotel de ville de Pikine, Dakar; Albertinum, Dresden; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff; Bibliothèque d’art et d’archéologie, Genève; The Menil Collection, Houston; M+, West Kowloon Cultural District and Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Cornell University, Ithaca; Kathmandu Living Labs; hapaSpace, Kumasi; Laboratoria, Lima; Centro de Literaturas e Culturas Lusófonas e Europeias, Lisbon; Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz; Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London; California African American Museum, Los Angeles; Indigenous Futures Cluster, Concordia University, Montreal; Lenbachhaus München; The Partition Museum, New Delhi; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Gallery 101, Ottawa; La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris; NWU Gallery, Potchefstroom; Brown University, Providence; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield; H-Farm, Roncade; Casa das Rosas, São Paulo; University of St. Andrews Womany Wonderland, Taipei City; Centro cultural de España en Tegucigalpa; Baexong Arts, Tokyo; Dar El Harka, Tunis; Umm al-Fahm Art Gallery; Fondazzjoni Kreattività, Valletta; Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver; Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna; Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut; Eduard Isabekyan Gallery, Yerevan; Material, Zürich, and online with Women in Red.

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