“Nari Ward: We the People,” 2019. Exhibition view: New Museum, New York. Photo: Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio
Join us for a New Perspective tour that explores ideas about borders through Nari Ward’s eclectic sculptural meditations on Harlem. Together, we will consider distinction, inclusion, and exclusion as fundamental parts of social life. Paying close attention to the way that Ward produces objects for works like Apollo/Poll (2017) and We the People (2011), we will ask how insider status, and the borders that maintain it, are constructed. Who is on the inside and who is kept out? Finally—with a nod to Mariana Castillo Deball’s New Museum exhibition “Finding Oneself Outside”—we will consider where it is better to find oneself, inside or outside.
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.