To Die Upon a Kiss in 51 more days

Only 51 more days until To Die Upon a Kiss is displayed in the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing.

To Die Upon a Kiss, Fred Wilson, Murano, Italy, 2011. 2014.3.10.

To Die Upon a Kiss, Fred Wilson, Murano, Italy, 2011. 2014.3.10.

To Die Upon a Kiss, Fred Wilson, Murano, Italy, 2011. 2014.3.10.

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  1. OK, great name for a chandelier …what’s the story behind the name? The catalogue has all the technical data..what’s the heart of the piece?

  2. Patrick, excellent question. The title, To Die Upon a Kiss, are the dying words
    spoken by Othello, the lead character in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of
    Othello, the Moor of Venice, and a North African who is arguably one of
    most famous black personalities in history. It is Wilson’s response to his
    research about Venice’s rarely discussed or even acknowledged yet substantial
    African population in the 18th century. With its
    rich black elements gradually fading to pale, the chandelier is “a meditation
    on death. . . or more specifically the slow ebb of life,” Wilson says. 
    For Wilson, who had recently lost a family member, To Die Upon a Kiss
    suggests that at the end of one’s life, race has a way of melting away in the
    commonality of death.

  3. Thank you! This background brings the piece to life! Please continue sharing artists statements when they are known. This would also be a helpful addition to the on line catalogue.

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