Black Lunch Table edit-a-thons focus on important but underrepresented visual artists of the African Diaspora. This session will take place from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CST on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at the MCA Chicago and will focus on artists local to Chicago and those who have worked with or shown at the MCA. We will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of Chicago area visual artists from the African Diaspora and their work. Together we will create historical documents that respond to the urgent need for a reconstruction of the art historical record.
Also, Chicago artist & photographer Ireashia Bennett will be hosting our BLT PhotoBooth. Come have your portrait taken for inclusion on Wiki Commons!
Please bring your laptop and a friend!
We will provide a training session at the beginning, but help is available throughout the event. All levels welcomed.All are invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience required.
The Black Lunch Table (BLT) is an ongoing collaboration between artists Jina Valentine (Fishantena (talk)) and Heather Hart (Heathart (talk)) which intends to fill holes in the documentation of contemporary art history. In its 10 year existence, the BLT has taken a variety of forms relating to this most recent iteration, in the form of the Wikipedia edit-a-thon. BLT’s aim is the production of discursive sites (at literal and metaphorical lunch tables), wherein cultural producers of color engage in critical dialogue on topics directly affecting our communities. They endeavor to create spaces, online and off, mirroring the activity and creativity present in sites where Blackness and Art are performed.
The MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time.
The museum boldly interweaves exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs to excite, challenge, and illuminate our visitors and offer insight into the creative process.
The MCA engages diverse audiences and creates a sense of community by providing a place to contemplate and discuss contemporary art and culture and issues of our day.
I Was Raised on the Internet focuses on how the internet has changed the way we experience the world. Due to new types of gaming and entertainment and the rise of social media and alternative modes of representation, the everyday is no longer what it used to be. The ways we interact with each other have shifted through the connected nature of telecommunications devices across the internet, including mobile applications, social media platforms, and large search engines that have become everyday tools for individuals from all walks of life. New modes, not only of seeing but also of feeling, have emerged in response to this.
Suggested artist pages for revision and/or creation! This event-specific list focuses on important Chicago area visual artists of the African Diaspora who are under-represented on Wikipedia. Please add a name if you know someone appropriate who needs a page or needs editing. Please do not add an artist who has a substantial page. We are trying to create new pages and beef up under-represented ones.
Etherpad:BlackLunchTable - List the article you're working on in this live doc to keep track and avoid duplicate work!
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These articles are suggested, be sure they qualify according to Wikipedia's NOTABILITY guidelines before you create a new page. Thanks!