Guggenheim To Host Its Second Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
Tuesday, May 19 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New Media Theater and Media Labs in the Sackler Center
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York.
*Please enter at the 89th Street entrance.
On Tuesday, May 19 from 3 – 6pm the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation will host its second Wikipedia edit-a-thon to expand and enhance information about artists and artworks in the Guggenheim Collection on Wikipedia. As part of this event, the Guggenheim will be donating 100 images of collection artworks to Wikimedia Commons, including works by Edgar Degas, Paul Klee, Vincent Van Gogh, and others. The edit-a-thon will serve as an important opportunity to explore the history of the Guggenheim’s collection, the impact of these works within the artistic movements of their time, and their legacy and influence on future artists.
The Guggenheim is proud to be an active participant in the Wikipedia community by hosting edit-a-thons, which promote free access to information and knowledge on a large scale. The Guggenheim’s first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon took place on October 7, 2014, when participants created 16 new Wikipedia pages on the topic of museum architecture. The Guggenheim also held a Wikipedia workshop open to all staff members last month in order to facilitate larger and more frequent edit-a-thons in the future and to expand training seminars to high school students..
The free public event is open to anyone with an interest in helping to add information on the 100 artworks and related topics. New and experienced editors are welcome. Training will be offered.
- To participate in person at the Guggenheim, register in advance via EventBrite
- To participate remotely, add your Wikipedia username to the guest list in the “Participants Sign-Up” section on the edit-a-thon Wikipedia page and follow #guggathon on Twitter for updates throughout the day.
Full Schedule of Events:
Welcome Address and Remarks by:
- Natalia Lauricella, Curatorial Assistant, Collections and Exhibitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- Richard Knipel, President of Wikimedia NYC
3:30 pm-4:15 pm
Training led by Richard Knipel with support from Guggenheim Wikipedians
5:45 pm-6:00 pm:
Review Results and Closing Remarks
Private tour of the Thanhauser Collection led by Lewis Kachur, Gallery Educator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
WHAT TO BRING:
Participants should bring their own laptops and power cords. Light refreshments will be provided.
ABOUT THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION:
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum, including with the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative and with The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative. More information about the foundation can be found at guggenheim.org.