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Mining the Museum: ‘We shared our knowledge and our lives’


The image depicts a work on display in "Mining the Museum," a 1992-1993 installation by artist Fred Wilson at the Maryland Historical Society. In Mining the Museum, Wilson used the museum's collections to confront and challenge perceptions about history, culture, and race. It was a joint exhibition with The Contemporary in Baltimore. The items on display in this image include American Indian stone arrowheads, axes, hoes, celts, and oyster shell tool for hollowing canoes from the Marion V. Brewington Collection, circa 1600, along with a prototype model of a five-log canoe, showing a finished side and a rough-hewn side, by William Calvert Steuart, 1893.




Contributor(s) Notes

Photographer: Maryland Historical Society Museum; Artist: Fred Wilson


Collection Number

MS 2008


35 mm

Object ID

MTM 024


1 slide

Resource ID


Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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