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Artist:
Nari Ward, born St. Andrew, Jamaica 1963  Search this
Medium:
shoe tips, car tire, shoe tongues, rope
Dimensions:
32.0 × 32.0 × 16.0 in. (81.3 × 81.3 × 40.6 cm); rope length variable
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
2010
Gallery Label:
Jamaican-born artist Nari Ward has long salvaged materials from the streets near his studio in Harlem, New York, to create art that confronts political and societal issues. Ward notes that found materials "already have history...the discarded [holds] a sense of hopefulness as well as vulnerability." The materials in Swing, a car tire riveted with the tips and tongues of shoes, suggest motor and foot travel, as well as the lives and labors of common people. This artwork powerfully oscillates between extremes, bringing to mind a child's tire swing in a makeshift playground, as well as a fatal violence introduced by its hangman's noose and echoed in its title, which summons the melancholy spiritual "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot."
Topic:
Recreation\sport and play\swinging  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; Hassam, Speicher, Betts and Symons Purchase Fund, 2018
Object number:
2018.14
Restrictions & Rights:
© 2010, Nari Ward
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 3rd Floor, East Wing
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2018.14