The New Social Environment#560

I’ll Take You There; A Proclamation: Nari Ward

Featuring Ward and Jessamine Batario


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Nari Ward joins Rail contributor Jessamine Batario for a conversation on the occasion of his exhibit at Lehmann Maupin. We conclude with a poetry reading by Benjamin Krusling.

In this talk

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Nari Ward

Photo of Nari Ward
Born in Jamaica, Nari Ward’s work has been exhibited at national and international venues and institutions including the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the New Museum, MoMA PS1, the Venice Biennale, and many more. His work has been acquired by a number of collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Istanbul Modern, and more. He is the recipient of awards such as the Vilcek Foundation Prize, the Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Rome. He has been commissioned by the United Nations and the World Health Organization. He currently resides in New York and teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at Hunter College.

Jessamine Batario

Drawing of Jessamine Batario by Phong Bui
Drawing by Phong Bui
Art historian Jessamine Batario specializes in modern and contemporary art. She received her PhD in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin. Batario currently lives in Waterville, Maine, where she is the Linde Family Foundation Curator of Academic Engagement at the Colby College Museum of Art. She was the guest critic for the Rail in March 2020.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Benjamin Krusling reading.

Benjamin Krusling

Photo of [Benjamin Krusling], with a cap, braids, and mask below his chin.
Benjamin Krusling is a writer and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of a book, Glaring, and a doctoral candidate in English at CUNY.

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