Visiting Artists & Designers
Martha Wilson is an artist whose first performances were for an audience of one. Wilson commenced working as an artist in 1971 while teaching English Grammar at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada. She moved to New York in 1974, performing for real audiences at the whitney Museum; the Kitchen; and after 1978, as a member of DISBAND.
In 1976, Martha Wilson became the Founding Director of what is now
Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc., in order to serve artists who chose
publishing as a primary,
democratic artistic medium, and were not being
supported by existing artistic organizations. Today, Franklin Furnace is
dedicated to serving artists by providing both physical and virtual venues
for the presentation of time-based visual art, including but not limited
to artists' books and periodicals, installation art, performance art,
live art on the Internet; and to undertake other activities related to
these purposes. Franklin Furnace is committed to serving emerging artists
and their ideas; and to assuming an aggressive pedagogical stance with
regard to the value of avant-garde art to cultural life.
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