Person of the Crowd: Wilmer Wilson IV’s Channel

25 Feb - 6 Apr 2017
Various locations

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Wilmer Wilson IV, detail from CHANNEL (2017). Photo by Allison McDaniel, courtesy of the artist.

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Wilmer Wilson IV, detail from CHANNEL (2017). Photo by Allison McDaniel, courtesy of the artist.

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Wilmer Wilson IV, detail from CHANNEL (2017). Photo by Allison McDaniel, courtesy of the artist.

In conjunction with The Barnes Foundation’s multi-part project Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, interdisciplinary artist Wilmer Wilson IV will present his performance and sculpture work Channel. Inspired by a 1968 Philadelphia Tribune article that described the death of a young television repairman, Wilson will walk through the streets of Philadelphia collecting discarded televisions. The collected objects will be used to create a sculpture inside the Barnes galleries that will display X-rays of human ribs. Between April 2 and April 6, Wilson will then carry select working televisions back into the streets, where he will activate them and intervene in pedestrian life—with the presence of the X-rays against his own body.

These performances are free and open to the public.

Person of the Crowd captures city life through a gallery exhibition, newly commissioned public installations and performances, and citizen-created photos and videos. Featuring over 50 artists including Marina Abramović, Jenny Holzer, Zhang Huan, and the Guerilla Girls, the project invites audiences to become contemporary flâneurs through activities such as photography and walking tours.