Tuesday, April 16, 2019
10:30 – 11:30AM
The New Museum
New York City
FREE for AFA Members
$30 General Admission
Join the AFA for a private tour of Nari Ward: We the People at the New Museum with Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator.
Since the early 1990s, Nari Ward (b. 1963) has produced work by accumulating staggering amounts of found objects and re-purposing them in consistently surprising ways, an approach that evokes a variety of folk traditions and creative acts of recycling from Jamaica, where he was born, as well as the material textures of Harlem, where he has lived and worked for the past 25 years. Nari Ward: We the People features over thirty sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installations from the past 25 years, highlighting Ward’s status as one of the most important and influential sculptors working today.
This exhibition highlights the continued importance of New York, and Harlem in particular, to the material and thematic content of Ward’s art. Many of his early sculptures were created with materials scavenged from buildings and streets in Harlem. These items—baby strollers, fire hoses, baseball bats, cooking trays, bottles, and shopping carts—were chosen for their connection to individual lives and stories within the neighborhood.
Nari Ward is included in the AFA’s touring exhibition, Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, currently on view at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco through April 14, 2019.