New York

Kori Newkirk, Bam Bam, 2003, pony beads, artificial hair and metal brackets, 91 x 60".

Kori Newkirk, Bam Bam, 2003, pony beads, artificial hair and metal brackets, 91 x 60".

New York

Kori Newkirk

The Studio Museum in Harlem
429 West 127th St
November 14, 2007–March 9, 2008

Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)
490 East Union Street
June 1–September 14, 2008

Curated by Thelma Golden

Visitors to the Studio Museum this fall may find more than just their eyesight engaged; an installation in the lobby emits the distinctive aroma of pomade, one of Kori Newkirk’s favorite materials. The pungent new site-specific project kicks off a decade-spanning selection of approximately thirty-five works by the Los Angeles–based artist. Newkirk’s droll, trenchant explorations of identity politics, racial stereotyping, and personal history are also represented by a number of his signature beaded-curtain pieces, sculptures and photographs involving basketball and the body, two videos (Bixel, 2005, and a new work), and a selection of neon sculptures. The substantial catalogue features an essay by curator Thelma Golden alongside contributions from art historian Huey Copeland, MCA Chicago associate curator Dominic Molon, and artist, curator, and scholar Deborah Willis. Travels to the Pasadena Museum of California Art, June 1–Sept. 14, 2008.