Nari Ward, Carpet Angel, 1992. Carpet, plastic bags, plastic bottles, carpet runner, springs, wood screws, and rope, 230 × 238 × 36 in (584.2 × 604.5 × 91.4 cm). Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Gift of Jennifer McSweeney in honor of Joan “Penny” McCall. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Photo: Matthew Herrmann
“Nari Ward: We the People” presents the first New York museum survey of the work of Nari Ward (b. 1963, St. Andrew, Jamaica). The exhibition, occupying the second, third, and fourth floors of the New Museum, opens February 13 and will feature over thirty sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale works, spanning the artist’s twenty-five-year career. In anticipation of this major survey, educators will be introduced to Ward’s most significant works, themes for discussion, and lesson plans for classroom use inspired by the sense of meaning found in Ward’s use of humble materials. Together, we will look at his early works created with materials scavenged from streets and buildings in Harlem, connecting them to individual and shared stories within the neighborhood the artist has lived and worked in for twenty five years, as well as his later work’s powerful relationship to place, migration, memory, identity, and concepts of belonging.
Educators who attend the workshop will be eligible to schedule a free guided tour of the exhibition for their school and community groups facilitated by teaching artists and New Museum educators.
9:30 AM: Registration
10 AM–12 PM: Presentation introducing themes and works in “Nari Ward: We the People” by Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator, followed by discussion and resources from New Museum educators.
1–3 PM: Workshop with Educator-in-Residence for Art and Social Justice, Tiffany Jones
In the afternoon session, participants will engage in a guided lesson plan facilitated by New Museum Educator-in-Residence, Tiffany L. Jones, using everyday materials to consider belonging, identity, healing, memory, and migration through the lens of home.
The New Museum welcomes educators of all disciplines. Reservations are honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshop space is limited.