Nari Ward, Amazing Grace, 1993. Approx. 300 baby strollers and fire hoses, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong
Nari Ward created one the most human and moving installations ever presented at the New Museum, Amazing Grace (1993), which was included in the 2013 exhibition: “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.” Join Richard Flood, Director of Special Projects and Curator at Large, for a visit to Ward’s Harlem studio, during which we will learn about his recent work. Ward’s dramatic sculptural installations are composed of material that was systematically collected from his urban neighborhood. By revealing the numerous emotions found within everyday objects, his works examine issues surrounding race, poverty, and consumer culture.
Ward’s work has been widely exhibited internationally, including in solo shows at Pérez Art Museum Miami (2015); the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, GA (2015); the Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge (2014); the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2011); the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams (2011); the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2002); the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2001, 2000); and the Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee, WI (1997). The artist has taken part in important group exhibitions, including Prospect.1 New Orleans (2008); the Whitney Biennial (2006); and Documenta XI, Kassel (2003). In November 2015, Pérez Art Museum Miami opened “Nari Ward: Sun Splashed,” a midcareer retrospective of works created over the span of the artist’s career.
Space is limited. Please RSVP by May 18 to email@example.com.