Guggenheim To Host Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, Donate Images of Collection Artworks

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo: Jean-Christophe Benoist via Wikimedia Commons
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo by Jean-Christophe Benoist via Wikimedia Commons

In an effort to bolster public information about works in their collection, New York’s Guggenheim Museum has donated images of 100 artworks to Wikipedia and will host an edit-a-thon on May 19. Dubbed “Guggathon,” it will take place from 3–7 p.m. on museum premises. You can also participate remotely, following the Twitter hashtag #guggathon for regular updates.

Images donated include those of works by Degas, van Gogh, Paul Klee, and Robert Delaunay, and edit-a-thon participants will work to flesh out entries on various permanent collection artists.

The afternoon will begin with an overview of the collection and its development by curatorial assistant Natalia Lauricella, followed by a presentation by Richard Knipel, president of the New York chapter of Wikimedia. At the conclusion of the event, attendees will be invited to take a free tour of the museum’s Thannhauser Collection led by gallery educator Lewis Kachur.

Edit-a-thons have become a popular way to quickly expand public information on a variety of topics. Anyone can participate in most edit-a-thons, and organizers often provide on-site training on how to edit and create entries on the free-access encyclopedia.

In March, the Art + Feminism campaign held an edit-a-thon at New York’s Museum of Modern Art to increase the number of entries on female artists, curators, and patrons, including Camille Henrot, Jennie C. Jones, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Kyle DeWoody (see Art + Feminism Edit-A-Thon Adds Over 300 Wikipedia Pages on Female Artists).

The Guggenheim held a similar event in October 2014, where participants created 16 new Wikipedia pages about the museum’s unique and historic architecture.

The museum has been in hot water recently over their reported inaction in ensuring proper conditions for workers in Abu Dhabi, where they have plans to construct a fourth location. The building was shut down last week as protesters occupied the institution’s rotunda and several floors (see Gulf Labor Protest Shuts Down New York Guggenheim Museum).

The Guggenheim Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon will take place on May 19 from 3–7 p.m.


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