Martha Wilson

Visiting Artists & Designers

Martha Wilson
2003

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.