In its 13 year existence, The Black Lunch Table has taken a variety of forms including this most recent iteration: Wikipedia Edit-a-thons.
91% of Wikipedia editors identify as White and 77% identify as men. We artists of color working in the field of mainstream contemporary art are still marginalized within our field. Much of our history is omitted from broader art historical narratives and from vernacular arts studies. We endeavor to create spaces, online and in person, that mirror the creativity present in sites where Blackness and Art are performed.
We mobilize the creation and improvement of a specific set of Wikipedia articles that pertain to the lives and works of Black artists. At each edit-a-thon we provide a list of suggested artists to add or edit, with particular focus on Black artists who have worked within or are local to the host institution’s community and are currently under-documented on Wikipedia.
BLT edit-a-thons have taken place at MOMA, NY Public Library, the McColl Center in Charlotte, the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, and Project Row Houses in Houston, among with many other venues throughout North America. And we have hosted edit-a-thons at Bridge Books in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Banff Centre in Alberta Canada. Collectively, we have done much great work and much more remains to be done.