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Martha Wilson

American, b. 1947

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Martha Wilson

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American, b. 1947

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Biography

Questions about identity have underscored the forty-year-long career of Martha Wilson, a feminist performance artist who emerged as part of the nascent downtown New York scene in the 1970s. Wilson often impersonates female figures throughout history in her performances and staged photographs. In her 1974 Portfolio of Models series, the artist dressed up as various female stereotypes—The Goddess, The Lesbian, The Housewife—employing a satiric wit to reveal the role-playing that takes place in everyday life. She founded and continues to direct Franklin Furnace, a non-profit institution based in New York that preserves avant-garde, ephemeral, and political work.

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Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Biography

Questions about identity have underscored the forty-year-long career of Martha Wilson, a feminist performance artist who emerged as part of the nascent downtown New York scene in the 1970s. Wilson often impersonates female figures throughout history in her performances and staged photographs. In her 1974 Portfolio of Models series, the artist dressed up as various female stereotypes—The Goddess, The Lesbian, The Housewife—employing a satiric wit to reveal the role-playing that takes place in everyday life. She founded and continues to direct Franklin Furnace, a non-profit institution based in New York that preserves avant-garde, ephemeral, and political work.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Martha Wilson
10 Female Performance Artists You Should Know, from Ana Mendieta to Carolee Schneemann
Dec 20th, 2017
10 Female Performance Artists You Should Know, from Ana Mendieta to Carolee Schneemann
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