Kamau Ware

27 Jun 2018


Kamau Ware, photo courtesy of the artist.

Kamau Ware is a multidimensional creative blending complementary yet disparate disciplines as an artist/historian. He is best known for his flagship storytelling project, Black Gotham Experience (BGX), a visual storytelling project founded in 2010 that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City through a series of walking tours and graphic novels. Kamau’s Black Gotham Experience has been recognized by The Atlantic and The New York Times, Columbia University’s History in Action Project Award and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Ware has also received prominent commissions, including a public art display in New York City’s Financial District (2017) and the first Black history tour of New York City Hall commissioned by New York Public Design Commission (2018). Recent engagements include the American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, the New Museum’s IdeasCity (2017), the J. Max Bond Jr. Lecture in New York, NY, and the SXSW EDU and SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. This fall, Kamau will be a visiting professor for the New School co-teaching a course titled “Blind Spots: New York’s Black Past”. In 2018, he served as a Center panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.