Saturday 02/16/19 3PM
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Conversations · Exhibition-Related

“3 Legged Race”: Harlem, Art, and Community

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Promotional poster for the exhibition “3 Legged Race,” 1996. Courtesy Nari Ward

Join us for a special screening of never-before-seen archival footage on the occasion of “Nari Ward: We the People.” The footage, shot by artist Marcel Odenbach, documents the creation of the 1996 exhibition “3 Legged Race,” which featured the work of Odenbach, Nari Ward, and Janine Antoni. The three artists organized this site-specific show in an abandoned firehouse on 141st Street in Harlem in an effort to make contemporary art accessible and open to the local community. A New York Times review from that time called the project “an example of the way art ought to go and is increasingly going: out of galleries and museums and into the world.”

Following the screening, Ward, Antoni, and Odenbach will discuss their experiences working outside traditional institutional spaces and will consider how Harlem’s community and radical history have informed artistic practice through its numerous cultural, racial, and economic transformations. The artists will be joined by Lauren Kelley, Director and Chief Curator of the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling, who will guide the conversation from the perspective of current arts and community building efforts in Harlem.


This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Education and community programs are supported, in part, by the American Chai Trust.

Support for “Nari Ward: We the People” can be viewed here.

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