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Fred Wilson’s Williamsburg studio is across the street from a school, which is fitting, because Wilson, 58, first entered the art world as a freelance educator at the Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Crafts Museum.

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Since then, the installation artist, whose mother is of Caribbean descent and whose father was African American, has been creating works that teach people about the history of slavery and racism buried in the vaults of some of the world’s leading museums. Wilson, who was awarded the prestigious MacArthur grant in 1999 and represented the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, has never stopped finding new meaning in the color “black,” as both a sociopolitical concept and an esthetic entity... (continue reading)

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