Art, Race, Space Symposium broadcasts available online

Fred Wilson

Archived Web broadcasts of the Art, Race, Space Symposium, sponsored Jan. 25 by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and the Museum Studies Program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, are available for viewing on the WCTY Government Access Channel 16 website. Eight recorded presentations from the symposium are listed in the Special Events section of the Channel 16 On-Demand Video Archive.

The symposium, supported by a grant from the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, emerged out of the necessity to revisit artist Fred Wilson’s “E Pluribus Unum,” a proposed sculpture for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The project was canceled in 2011 because of controversy surrounding Wilson’s appropriation of a freed slave figure from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis.

Several artists and scholars from around the country joined leaders from Indianapolis’ arts and culture sector as symposium presenters, including Wilson, who discussed “Inspirations: Musing on What Monuments, Memorials, Public Art, and Public Space Inspire Me,” as the symposium’s opening session.