18 Wooster Street
St. Peter’s Odyssey Salon was an installation that took the form of a sensual five-stage journey. The stages of the journey were as follows:
Copulation Works – The copulation works consisted of doors that were reconfigured into absurd formal structures symbolizing sexual positions.
Airplane Tears - This work was an astonishing wall of the back panels of over 300 TV sets that conjured the overpowering presence of the media.
Glory – Glory was a large tanning bed handmade from oil barrels designed to imprint on the skin the stars and stripes of the American flag.
Reading Room – This table and stools were made with a mosaic of dried and salted codfish. On the table were mounted pages from Robert Lehman’s son’s commentary on the works in his father’s collection. The artist read the text in both American English and in Jamaican patois.
Drawing Room – This was a participatory installation of drawings on INS citizenship application forms.
In the wake of the artist’s decision to apply for American citizenship, he visually contemplated his feelings of vulnerability, melancholy, his sense of personal empowerment, and his lingering reservations. Nari Ward described his work as follows:
“I am a storyteller who enjoys conjuring works which are irreconcilable. Celebration, nostalgia, repulsion, danger, abstraction, tragedy and comedy are all performers within the vision I am creating. I build drama from the use of found and everyday objects, merging physical information (materials) with memories, thoughts, experiences and questions.”
Nari Ward’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including solo exhibitions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, GAM in Torino, Italy, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. His work has been included in Documenta XI and in the 1995 Whitney Biennial. In collaboration with Ralph Lemon, Ward won the Bessie Award for stage design in 2000. Ward was born in Jamaica in 1963 and lives and works in New York, NY. He is Associate Professor of Sculpture at Hunter College.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
+1 (212) 343-7300
View this website on a larger screen for the full experience.