Wilmer Wilson IV
Measures not Men
Wilson occupies Pier 92’s Publications Lounge to reprise a historical act of publishing. Carved on both sides of salt licks are two versions of text from Fire Bill’s 1919 letter to a Mississippi newspaper threatening to “burn the entire state” if lynching of Black people did not cease. Wilson’s cutting gestures revive the complex power of editing (and editorializing) to incite violence—or resistance.
About the Artist
Wilmer Wilson IV (American, b. 1989) is critically recognized formaterial and performative investigations into the social marginalization of the Black body as an ephemeral object of labor, desire and revulsion. Heis the recipient of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Fellowship and The American Academy in Rome Fellowship.Wilson’swork has been presented at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC;Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA: Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR;American University Museum, Washington, DC; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL;In FlandersFields Museum, Ieper, Belgium. He has been selected to exhibit in the Fourth New Museum Triennial, New York, NY, opening February 13, 2018.