A participant at the Wikipedia Asian Month: Edit-a-thon on Exhibition Histories, A Space, AAA, November 2019. Photo: Winnie Yeung @ iMAGE28. Courtesy of M+.
A participant at the Wikipedia Asian Month: Edit-a-thon on Exhibition Histories,

Wikipedia Edit-a-thons

Art+Feminism: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2020

March 7, 2020
New York Public Library

476 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY

Collated results from our third annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday, March 7, 2020, in collaboration with NYPL in New York, and Asia Art Archive and M+ in Hong Kong, are available here. Across all locations we had 53 participants join us to create 8 new articles, improve 22 articles, and translate 10 articles focused on women artists and art practitioners from and of Asia. Many thanks to all participants!

The edit-a-thon in New York kicked-off with a conversation between two Brooklyn-based artists, Jaishri Abichandani and Jean Shin, exploring questions around the role of feminism and activism in their art practice. The conversation was  moderated by Jane DeBevoise, Chair of the Board of Asia Art Archive in New York and Hong Kong. Click here to see a short list of books recommended by Abichandani and Shin during their conversation.

Organized by Asia Art Archive in America and Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs of the New York Public Library and in collaboration with Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong, this event brought together participants to discuss, create, share, and improve Wikipedia articles about women artists and makers in and from Asia.

Aligned with Art+Feminism—“a campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, non-binary folks, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia”—this edit-a-thon was part of an ongoing effort to contribute to discussions about the representation of art and visual culture by women in and of Asia on open-source knowledge platforms.

Jaishri Abichandani is a Brooklyn-based artist and curator. She received her MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and founded the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective in New York and London. Abichandani served as the founding director of public events and projects at the Queens Museum. More recently, she engineered a collaboration between the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Asia Society, and the Queens Museum to organize a national convening and the exhibition Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions.

Jean Shin is recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community engagement. Her work has been widely exhibited in over 150 major museums and cultural institutions including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, Museum of Fine Art Houston, and Barnes Foundation. In recognition of excellence, she has received numerous awards including two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, among others. She is a tenured Professor of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Her current exhibition, Jean Shin: Pause at the Asian Art Museum San Francisco, is on view now through May 24, 2020.

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.