Jamaican artist Nari Ward’s most recent exhibition, “We the People”, displays his twenty-five years of living and working in Harlem. It’s his first retrospective work, ranging from his beginnings in the 1990s to pieces making their first debut. All inclusive, it includes all kinds of materials; from street trash and shopping carts, to pieces of infrastructure and hundreds of baseball bats. “We the People” goes big with its symbolism and ideas, like the life sized NYPD tactical platform, flanked by a taxidermized fox with an Afro-tail.
- The Jamaican artist, Nari Ward, has lived and worked in Harlem for 25 years and in that length of time, he has collected an amazing number of stuff.
- Starting today, the new museum on Bowery will be featuring Nari Ward’s works and collections which include mundane items, scavenged objects, and street trash.
- The exhibition called, “We the People,” is Nari Ward’s first ever retrospective on a New York city museum and the collection starts from his days as a student here.
“”Amazing Grace” is here, for example, his 1993 gut punch of a piece built from dozens of strollers he found abandoned on the street, tied together by lengths of filthy fire hose, and arranged into the shape of ship’s hull. Mahalia Jackson’s rendition of the spiritual classic loops overhead as you walk through.”