Next month, the Museum of Modern Art will be one of many New York institutions playing host to the sixth annual Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, in which attendees create Wikipedia entries for female artists. The MoMA event takes place on March 2, with other Edit-a-Thons set to follow throughout the month.
Past editions of the Edit-a-Thon have focused on women, though this year Art + Feminism will extend its purview to include nonbinary artists as well. The team behind the event has added a new lead co-organizer, Melissa Tamani Becerra, who said in a joint statement with Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, McKensie Mack, and Michael Mandiberg, “In focusing our 2019 campaign on editing about nonbinary topics, we made public our personal commitment to an expansive understanding of gender. This way, we can better represent the gender identities of Art + Feminism organizers and participants.”
The event kicks off with a conversation exploring visibility and vulnerability, featuring writer and archivist Che Gossett; performance artist, writer, and educator Alok Vaid-Menon; and Simone Browne, an associate professor in the department of African and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Danielle A. Jackson, a curatorial assistant in MoMA’s department of media and performance art, will moderate the conversation.
Other New York institutions also set to host Edit-a-Thons include the Jewish Museum (March 3); Kickstarter (March 3); the International Center of Photography (March 9); Interference Archive (March 10); Bard Graduate Center (March 16); Columbia University (March 16); Pratt Institute (March 19); the School of Visual Arts Library (March 21); and Hauser & Wirth (March 27).
The proceedings extend beyond New York: the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong, the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago, Chile, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver are among the international venues set to participate.