*2020 New York Community Trust Van Lier Artist Fellow

Artworks

‘Reaching Towards Warmer Suns’, 2020Soil from Elmhurst, Queens; steel; gems; minerals; and crystals25 feet diameter, 6.5 feet high
Images by Nicholas Knight Studio; KMDeco Creative Solutions: Mark DiConzo; and Sara Morgan

About ‘Reaching Towards Warmer Suns’

Soil sourced from the Queens-located burial grounds of enslaved African people comprises the flesh of this circle of arms that emerge from the ground like trees in a grove. The hands take on gestures of protest, joy, and communion. With a title that references Richard Wright’s writing on The Great Migration, Williams’ work bears witness to the historical and ongoing struggles for self-determination of Black American descendants of chattel slavery.

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Exhibition

‘MONUMENTS NOW: Call and Response’