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Artist Nari Ward satirizes NYPD’s Occupy watchtowers for ‘Liberty and Orders’ exhibit

Apr 16, 2012

Last fall, NYPD officers stationed in a surveillance tower kept constant watch over demonstrators in Zuccotti Park.

As a response, artist Nari Ward has crafted a highly satirical and Orwellian work of art for his latest exhibit at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery. The exhibit is called “Liberty and Orders,” which examines state control and freedom as witnessed during Occupy Wall Street’s occupation of Zuccoti Park in fall of 2011.

Most art is self-indulgent and pointlessly obscure, but sometimes—as is the case very often with street art—a sublime admixture of art and socio-political commentary arises, as it does with Ward’s replica of the NYPD’s infamous tactical watchtowers.

This Friday, the New York Chapter of the ACLU (NYCLU) is holding a free reception at the gallery, where Ward will discuss his work. And, according to the press release, NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman will also talk about the NYCLU’s campaign to “stop discriminatory and abusive policing in New York City.”

This could only be made better if Ward had crafted a monolithic replica of NYPD officer Anthony Bologna wielding a gigantic can of pepper spray at exhibition attendees, complete with a yellow mist.

“Liberty and Orders” runs until April 21.

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