Andre D. Wagner
(b. 1986, Omaha, Nebraska; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York)
Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020, 2020. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist.
As the city starts to slowly open up, and I was thinking about the themes of reconnection and renewal, I wanted to make a work that felt uplifting. One day I was waiting at a bus stop in Brooklyn when I saw a man I know by the name of "Old School" spinning a basketball on his fingers. Basketball at the parks in the summer is a right of passage for Black boys and men, a way for us to escape and bond. So capturing this moment of joy was both nostalgic and about hope for the future.
For more, read our interview with the artist.
Andre D. Wagner is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.