“Nari Ward: We the People,” 2019. Exhibition view: New Museum, New York. Photo: Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio
Calling all teachers and educators! The New Museum invites you to a discussion on materiality, context, joining, and making with artist Nari Ward. After the conversation, educators will be invited to experiment with provided materials and ideate adaptable lesson plans for the classroom.
Our Workshops for Educators provide a meeting space for activists, artists, and educators to exchange knowledge and methods for generating critical discussion and structural change while promoting safer and braver spaces. Over the last decade, the Museum has developed educational content, tools, and methods for using contemporary art to engage youth and learning communities in questioning and ideating. These workshops are designed to consider how teachers enter conversations with diverse knowledge to support each other and their students. The goal of the series is to provide educators with inspiration and resources to nurture creativity, social emotional learning, and justice in education. Please save the date for the next event—May 17, 4–6 p.m.
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Nari Ward (b. 1963, St. Andrew, Jamaica; lives and works in New York) is known for his sculptural installations composed of discarded material found and collected in his neighborhood. He has repurposed objects such as baby strollers, shopping carts, bottles, doors, television sets, cash registers, and shoelaces, among other materials. Ward re-contextualizes these found objects in thought-provoking juxtapositions that create complex, metaphorical meanings to confront social and political issues surrounding race, poverty, and consumer culture. He intentionally leaves the meaning of his work open, allowing the viewer to provide his or her own interpretation. Select solo exhibitions of his work have been organized at Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan, Italy (2022); Vilcek Foundation, New York, NY (2022); Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO (2020); Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX (2019); New Museum, New York, NY (2019); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (2017); Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY (2017); The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA (2016); Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL (2015), among others. The artist’s work was also included in this Museum’s 2021 group exhibition “Grief and Grievance.” Ward holds a BA from City University of New York, Hunter College, and an MFA from City University of New York, Brooklyn College.
Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
We gratefully acknowledge the Bowery Council of the New Museum for its support of Education and Public Engagement Programs.
Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.
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