This month, the Guggenheim Museum is proud to donate 100 images of artworks to Wikipedia, including selections from the museum’s collection by Edgar Degas, Paul Klee, and Vincent van Gogh. Join us at the Guggenheim to add information about these artworks and artists to Wikipedia, the world’s largest free source of knowledge.
The event is an 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. Using these 100 images as a starting point, we invite you to help enhance the scholarship and understanding of key artists and works in the museum’s collection.
The program will begin with an overview of the Guggenheim’s founding collection and its development by Natalia Lauricella, Curatorial Assistant, Collections and Exhibitions, followed by a presentation by Wikimedia NYC president Richard Knipel about the impact of donating images of artworks to Wikipedia. Program attendees will also be invited to take a free tour of the Guggenheim Museum’s Thannhauser Collection (6–7 pm), led by gallery educator Lewis Kachur, on a first come, first served basis.
To participate in person at the Guggenheim, register for free in advance. New and experienced editors welcome. The event will include a training session for participants who are new to Wikipedia and instructors will be on hand to provide editing support.
Participants should enter at the museum’s 89th Street entrance and head down to the Sackler Center. Participants should bring their own laptops and power cords. Light refreshments will be provided. Not in New York? Participate remotely and follow #guggathon on Twitter for updates throughout the day.
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. Learn more on our blog.