New Perspectives Tour: The Performing City

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Nari Ward, Apollo/Poll, 2017. Steel, wood, vinyl, and LED lights, 360 × 144 × 48 in (914.4 × 365.8 × 121.9 cm). Commissioned by Socrates Sculpture Park, New York. Courtesy the artist; Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul; and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, and Havana. Photo: Nicholas Knight

Join us for a New Perspectives tour that explores New York City’s many glowing appearances in the artwork of Nari Ward. Based in Harlem, Ward often incorporates found or salvaged objects that speak to the racialized and classed realities of life in an urban environment. In his work, New York’s detritus and its architecture take on a liveliness that renders the city far more than a backdrop. Throughout the tour, we will ask: In what ways does New York’s unique character show up in Ward’s work? How does the city perform?

New Perspectives tours are led by the New Museum Teaching Fellow, an emerging scholar in art history or a related field. The topics of the tours are based on the Fellow’s ongoing research and change monthly, engaging participants in uniquely focused examinations of selected objects and installations. To read descriptions of current and upcoming New Perspectives tours, please view the calendar. New Perspectives tours are free with Museum admission. Due to limited capacity, please preregister here and meet in the Lobby at the time of the tour.

New Museum Teaching Fellow Troizel Carr is a doctoral student in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University, where he is beginning research on black children’s figurations in post-emancipation art and literature.


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.

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