Since the early 1990s, Nari Ward (b. 1963) has created a body of powerful works made primarily out of humble materials that have been accumulated and repurposed.
Based in recycling and the folk traditions of his native Jamaica, where he was born, as well as the street aesthetics of Harlem, where he currently lives and works, Ward’s sculpture often evokes African-Caribbean and African-American experience in surprising and innovative ways. For the monumental sculpture APOLLO / POLL (2017) Ward has recreated Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater sign with a twist: alternately flashing between the word APOLLO and POLL, which is embedded within. The artist has interjected politics into the role of both the Greek god (and his namesake theater), who rules over light as well as music, poetry, and art. APOLLO / POLL will occupy a site in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden.
Organized by Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director, and Amy Smith-Stewart, Senior Curator, at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.
Generous support for The Aldrich Sculpture Garden is provided by The Leir Foundation and the Anne S. Richardson Fund.
Top image: Nari Ward, Apollo / Poll, 2017 steel, wood, vinyl, and LED lights 360 x 144 x 48 inches/ 914.4 x 365.8 x 121.9 cm Originally presented and commissioned by Socrates Sculpture Park, New York. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Photo: Chris Manning.