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

Visit I’ll Take You There; A Proclamation: Nari Ward, on view at Lehmann Maupin through June 4, 2022 →

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 poem, 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.

🎟 Register

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

Featuring Ward and Jessamine Batario

   at  1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

How to join

💻 This event will be held over ZOOM. We’ll send you a link to join this event after you register. Download and install ZOOM for desktop or mobile devices

🕰 Please arrive 5-10mins in advance to ensure you’re connected and ready to go.

🎧 We recommend viewing with headphones. It is easier to hear people and will be easier for you to ask a question, should you decide.

🗝 Accessibility: Closed-captioning in English will be available during the event. Our Q&A will be conducted using Zoom’s chat function, with the option to voice your question or have our staff read it.

📺 Videos of past events can be viewed on events page at

👾 Technical difficulties

We work hard to make sure this is easy and enjoyable for everyone, but technology is not always kind. If you are not happy with the experience, we’ll happily refund any donation you made. We just ask that you let us know how we could have made the experience better for you.

💌 Questions/feedback? Let us know how we can make this experience better [email protected]