Calendar: Performance: Ground (In Progress)

Event Description

Nari Ward's Ground (In Progress) is a floor-based sculpture made from 700 copper-topped bricks and adorned with painted geometric symbols drawn from the Underground Railroad directional code. Visitors are invited to walk across the surface of the work, challenging the untouchable and monumental nature of works of fine art. This work is on view in the Vattikuti Learning Theater from February 16–20. On the evening of February 18, PAMM has invited five local dancers to perform and improvise atop Ward's sculpture and respond to its ideas using a range of dance styles.

Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong


About the artist
Nari Ward (b. 1963, Saint Andrew, Jamaica) is known for his dramatic sculptural installations made from objects he collects from the urban landscape. His work examines ideas of place, identity, political power, and migration. Ward has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia; Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge; Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among others. The artist lives and works in New York.​


Nari Ward: Sun Splashed is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Associate Curator Diana Nawi. This exhibition is presented by Citi with generous support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support was received from the Funding Arts Network. Valuable support for the exhibition catalogue was provided by Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, and Havana, and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Additional in-kind support provided by Gander & White.

Andy Warhol Foundation

The Funding Arts Network       Gander and White