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View of “Fred Wilson,” 2016.

Fred Wilson

ALLEN MEMORIAL ART MUSEUM, OBERLIN COLLEGE

View of “Fred Wilson,” 2016.

Fred Wilson’s exhibitions “Wildfire Test Pit” and “Black to the Powers of Ten,” which have taken over two galleries of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, a venerated teaching collection at Oberlin College, are sagacious follow-ups to the artist’s recent installation at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the CMA’s Glass Box Gallery, an architecturally scaled glass vitrine inserted into the museum’s original Beaux Arts edifice, Wilson presented a spare installation of merely four works. Conversely, these exhibitions represent his largest combined project to date: an abundant gathering of the artist’s museum interventions and studio work in a town recognized for its historic role in the struggle for social justice in antebellum America. In addition to being the end point of the Underground Railroad, Oberlin was an abolitionist stronghold where in 1853 residents rescued the escaped slave

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