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Alchemy: Found Material in Contemporary African-American Art
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Alchemy: Found Material in Contemporary African-American Art

Nari Ward is known for transforming everyday objects, often gathered from the environment around his studio, to produce his site-specific installations. Ward’s selection of objects or materials—baby strollers, fire hoses, baseball bats, cooking trays, bottles, and shopping carts—is rooted in their connections to individual lives and shared stories. “I am excited about an object’s transformation,” says Ward. “What it means, its historical resonance in a contemporary art dialogue, its significance within the community . . . it is a type of alchemy.”

This panel discussion takes its cues from Ward’s use of found objects, as seen in his New Museum survey “We the People.” Featuring an intergenerational group of artists, including Willie Cole, Abigail DeVille, and Shinique Smith, the conversation will touch on the uses of found and repurposed objects, clothing, sound, photography, and other materials. Together with moderator Andrianna Campbell, the artists will consider how these materials speak to themes of culture, identity, and history within African-American contemporary art.

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Family Art Talk with Willie Cole
Jul
7
11:00 AM11:00

Family Art Talk with Willie Cole

Sculptor, printer, and Conceptual artist Willie Cole is inspired by everyday objects as well as African and African American imagery. He has employed the steam iron in his work for three decades, using heat as a kind of ink and an iron as a stamping device to create elaborate compositions out of repeated printed forms. In celebration of the exhibition Studio Visit: Selected Gifts from Agnes Gund, the artist will join us to talk about his work. 

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