New Museum in New York City is welcoming accomplished artist Nari Ward in a new exhibition, titled Nari Ward: We The People. The show will including over 30 sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installations spanning the artist’s career. Using repurposed materials, his art harkens back to his Jamaican roots in traditions and creative arts with recycling, while also introducing textures and materials of Harlem, where Ward has worked and lived for the last 25 years.
This exhibition will focus on the New York and Harlem inspiration in his art, as well as the connections and stories from the items he uses, including several key early works — such as Amazing Grace and Hunger Cradle (1993). In his more recent work, Ward addresses complex issues around politics and social realities nationally and locally, reflecting on the gentrification of Harlem and America’s increasingly fractured democracy. This exhibition brings together Ward’s most iconic sculptures and not-yet-seen in New York pieces that show Ward’s ability to bridge generations of sculptors and act as an advocate on art’s ability to address today’s most urgent issues.
February 13 — May 26, 2019 at New Museum
235 Bowery, New York, NY, 10002