inHarlem: Kori Newkirk

St. Nicholas Park

Kori Newkirk

Sentra (installation view), 2016

St. Nicholas Park, New York, NY, August 25, 2016–July 25, 2017

Photo: Alani Bass

Aug 25, 2016Jul 25, 2017

For inHarlem: Kori Newkirk, the artist transforms one of the iconic sets of steps in St. Nicholas Park into the site of a ceremonial procession. Sentra frames the steps rising from St. Nicholas Avenue with reflective fringe curtains. Formally similar to the artist’s well-known beaded curtains, and reflecting a landscape reminiscent of the pastoral imagery they sometimes depict, the dazzling canopy is visible to, and welcomes, passersby on St. Nicholas Avenue. Public sculpture is a new direction for Newkirk, though his diverse practice frequently incorporates unusual or found materials, often those associated with urban Black life.

Enter St. Nicholas Park at 137th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue to experience inHarlem: Kori Newkirk.


inHarlem: Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk, Rudy Shepherd is organized by Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator, in partnership with the NYC Parks along with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.