Wikipedia just got a major arts renovation. At Art + Feminism‘s second annual edit-a-thon at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the names of over 200 female artists were added to the free online encyclopedia.
Wikipedia is shockingly male-centric in terms of the topics it covers and the people who edit the site (according to a 2011 study, less than 10% of its contributors are female), and Art + Feminism is one of many campaigns that seek to improve the site’s coverage of women.
“Our goal has really been to take the conversation outside of the current group of active Wikipedia editors and broaden it, to get the attention of people who don’t usually consider themselves Wikipedia editors,” Art + Feminism organizer and METRO Wikipedian-in-Residence Dorothy Howard says.
Last year’s event added more than 100 female artists from participants in six countries. This year a range of participants — many new to editing Wikipedia — worked in conjunction with 70 different satellite locations in the United States and worldwide (from Los Angeles County Museum of Art to Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum) to add 200 female artists. An impressive 36 new articles were created, and 79 improved upon at the MoMA event, which was open to the public.
This week’s edit-a-thon also helped close a gap in content, adding artists that represent a full gamut of periods, movements and media. “We were trying to include a lot of different representations in terms of artists, art movements, time periods, geographical location, and art making,” says Howard. “It’s pretty wide open.”
Check out a sample of the women artists who have been added to the annals of Wikipedia art history.