New York-based artist Nari Ward will discuss his work and practice engaging with migration and citizenship, community, and his native Jamaica, while exploring how those themes relate to the exhibition John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night.
A Critical Walk-Through is a guided tour that is meant to offer an alternative perspective to the works on view. It includes conversations with artists, scholars, and curators, providing an intimate opportunity to engage with the central themes and histories found in the artwork. The program is limited to 25 individuals.
Nari Ward was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, in 1963. He currently lives and works in New York. Ward 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, cash registers and shoelaces, among other materials. His artworks wrestle with healing, regeneration, and belonging—with the conflation of personal biography and mainstream history. Ward re-contextualizes these found elements in thought-provoking juxtapositions that create complex, metaphorical meanings to confront social and political issues surrounding race, poverty, and consumer culture. Recent solo exhibitions include the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia; and Pérez Art Museum Miami. Ward’s first New York museum survey We the People will open at the New Museum on February 13, 2019, and be on view until May 26, 2019.
Image: Nari Ward, Scandal Bag: History Feeds Mistrust, 2015, c-print, 2 parts, each: 20 x 30 inches (top), 20 x 24 inches (bottom). Edition of 3 with 1 AP. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul.