Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Naturalization Drawing Table

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 – Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019

12:00 PM – 02:00 PM


As part of the exhibition Nari Ward: We the People, take part in a simulated bureaucratic environment where you can complete a modified version of an Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) citizenship application, present an officially issued form of identification, and have your photograph taken; the photo is then attached and the form notarized by a notary that will be present during the activation times. The imitation documents join an ever-growing collection of completed applications, with a selection of them exhibited on the wall behind the desk. In return, participants receive a limited set of prints based on Ward’s drawings. While the challenges of the immigration and naturalization process remain opaque to most Americans, Ward’s installation reveals the vulnerable position of those seeking United States citizenship and the complex processes of exchange that citizenship entails.

Naturalization Drawing Table (2004) will be activated at the times listed below. Please note that we recommend coming early and participation is not guaranteed.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 12–2PM

Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 2–4PM


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