This event is free, non-ticketed and open to the public. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m.
Nari 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, doors, television sets, cash registers, and shoelaces, among other materials. Ward recontextualizes these found objects in thought- provoking juxtapositions that create complex, metaphorical meanings to confront social and political issues surrounding race, poverty, and consumer culture. He intentionally leaves the meaning of his work open, allowing the viewer to provide their own interpretation.
Solo exhibitions of Ward’s work have been organized at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York; The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia; Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Massachusetts; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Ward’s work is in numerous international public and private collections, including Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Istanbul Modern; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.