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Andrea Fraser
Welcome to the Wadsworth: A Museum Tour
Welcome to the Wadsworth: A Museum Tour
1991
Andrea Fraser staged this performance in April 1991 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, one of the oldest museums in the United States. Taking the form of a guided tour, Welcome to Wadsworth, instead of escorting visitors through the museum, takes them on a tour of the outside of the building. In this way, the artist/lecturer draws attention to and exposes the relationship of the museum to the colonial past of Hartford and the historical legacy that influences the city’s present. How should the museum institution represent the culture of the pre-industrial community while functioning in an urban context fractured by both ethnic and economic divisions? Starting her visit as an ‘outsider’, the artist gradually develops her identification with the ‘first families’ of Hartford, who founded the city and continue to support the museum, articulating the values and dreams that have turned Connecticut into one of the most segregated states, at an economic and racial level, in the United States.
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original title
Welcome to the Wadsworth: A Museum Tour
year of acquisition
2017
type of object
Audiovisual recording
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MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
registration number
R.5624
date
1991
fonds
Col·lecció MACBA. Fundació MACBA
media
Single-channel video, colour, sound, 26 min 12 s
Copyright
© Andrea Fraser
original title
Welcome to the Wadsworth: A Museum Tour
registration number
R.5624
date
1991
year of acquisition
2017
fonds
Col·lecció MACBA. Fundació MACBA
type of object
Audiovisual recording
media
Single-channel video, colour, sound, 26 min 12 s
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Copyright
© Andrea Fraser
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