September 20, 2011

Nari Ward: We the People

 

Nari Ward: We the People

On view from September 20th – November 19th, 2011 

Reception and Artist Talk by Nari Ward
First Friday, November 4 2011, 6–8 pm.
Artist Talk begins at 6:30 pm.
 
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The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is pleased to present the debut of a new wall installation by Jamaican-born FWM artist-in-residence Nari Ward created for his exhibition We the People, on view from Tuesday, September 20th through November 19th, 2011. Nari Ward’s reception and artist talk for his show will take place on “First Friday,” November 4th, 2011.
 
Nari Ward’s debut of his installation, also named We the People, transcribes the opening phrase of the United States Constitution on the museum wall using hand-dyed shoelaces. This new piece, made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, will be displayed along with other prominent installations and sculptural works from Ward’s recent oeuvre, such as Glory, 2004 and Airplane Tears, 2005. Ward examines contemporary issues that include citizenship, cultural consumption, discrimination, materialism, and poverty, which reflects his experiences and observations growing up in Jamaica and his working life as an artist in Harlem. Composed of material collected from his urban neighborhood and the discards of consumerism, Ward’s art reveals the diverse emotions—from treasured to unwanted—inherent in everyday objects, serving as a link to personal connections and the ambiguity of language. His work focuses on awareness and understanding of such social themes, through wordplay as well as juxtapositions of technology and other found objects.
 
About the Artist
Nari Ward (b. 1963, St. Andrews, Jamaica) received his BA from Hunter College, New York in 1991—where he currently teaches—and his MFA from Brooklyn College, New York in 1992. Ward has an extensive exhibition history having participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world. Recent solo exhibitions include “Episodes” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2002); “Rites of Way” at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2002); “The Refinery X: A small twist of fate” at the Palazzo delle Papesse-Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy (2006); “Nari Ward: 2005-2010” at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas (2010); and “LIVESupport” at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York (2010). Recent group exhibitions include Documenta XI, Kassel (2003); the Whitney Biennial, New York (2006); Prospect 1: New Orleans Biennial (2008); “Contemplating the Void: Interventions” in the Guggenheim Museum at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); “30 Seconds off an inch” at the Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2010); “Transparancey, Art for Renewable Energy” at MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2010). In April 2011, Nari Ward opened “Nari Ward: Sub Mirage Lignum” at MASS MoCA, and in November 2011 a new exhibition will open in Galleria Continua/ Beijing, China.
 
Ward has received commissions from the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. Nari Ward is represented by Lehmann Maupin Gallery, and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano – Italia / Beijing – China / Le Moulin – France. He lives and works in New York.
 
Also on View at The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Laurie Anderson:  Forty-Nine Days in the Bardo
On view from September 20th – November 19th, 2011 
 
Laurie Anderson:  Animal Stories
Performance/Lecture and Reception: Thursday, October 13th, 2011
 
At The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch
Fighting Kissing Dancing
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, in an exchange with the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami, featuring video works by Miami and New York based artists.
 
Uncommon Wealth by the People of Philadelphia
Make a 300 million dollar difference! A special interactive exhibition in collaboration with artist Mel Chin.
 
About The Fabric Workshop and Museum
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is the only museum of its kind, offering internationally renowned artists the resources to create new work in experimental materials. Artists come from all media—including sculpture, installation, video, painting, ceramics, and architecture—and use FWM’s facilities and technical expertise to create works of art that they could not create on their own. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on-site in studios that are open to the public, providing visitors with the opportunity to see works of art from conception to completion. FWM’s permanent collections include not only complete works of art, but also material research, samples, prototypes, and photography and video of artists making and speaking about their work. Access to the creative process provides visitors with a point of entry into understanding challenging works of contemporary art. FWM offers an unparalleled experience to those young and old, including the most significant artists of our time, students, and the general public.
 
The programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum are supported by Agnes Gund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Barra Foundation, Claneil Foundation, The Dedalus Foundation, Inc., Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation, The Honickman Foundation, Independence Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Judith Rothschild Foundation, LEF Foundation, LLWW Foundation, Louis N. Cassett Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New Millennium Charitable Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, PNC Foundation, PNC Arts Alive, The Quaker Chemical Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Uplands Family Foundation, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
 
For more information, or to request images, please contact Michele Bregande, Assistant to the Directors, at michele@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org, or 215.561.8888.
 
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