In 2019, the New Museum presented an afternoon of workshops, readings, and talks by artists and scholars as part of this Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Art+Feminism seeks to address structural imbalances on Wikipedia, the internet’s largest and most globally used free encyclopedia, where the majority of editors are cis and male. Art+Feminism provides tools and training for new Wikipedia editors, and organizes gatherings that support this work and enrich the ideas that drive it.
This program was dedicated to improving representation of feminist figures across the gender spectrum. Participants in the work session created and expanded Wikipedia pages for figures chosen by artists in the New Museum community, including artists Vaginal Davis, Juliana Huxtable, and Jana Hunter of the band Lower Dens. The afternoon focused on the work of a wide range of visionary artists, curators, and activists who have critically shaped culture through a series of open Wikipedia editing sessions and talks by artists Nash Glynn and Keijaun Thomas.
The Museum invited people of all gender identities and expressions to bring a laptop for an afternoon of public programs and work sessions devoted to updating Wikipedia pages. This public program was free to attend and Wikipedia training was provided throughout the day.
1 PM – Wikipedia & Wikidata training
1:30 PM – Wikipedia free edit session
3:30 PM – Talk: Nash Glynn
4 PM – Wikipedia free edit session
5 PM – Talk: Keijaun Thomas
Nash Glynn is a transdisciplinary artist currently working in New York City. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2017 and her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in 2014.
Keijaun Thomas is a New York–based artist and 2017–18 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art recipient. Thomas earned their MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014.