Kori Newkirk

The Society for Contemporary Art presents Kori Newkirk Thursday 31 March 2005. Los Angels-based artist Kori Newkirk examines cultural signifiers of particular African American communities, creating self-conscious visual puns out of plastic hair beads, braided hair extensions and pomade, basketballs, and elements of hip-hop fashion, among other things. Ironically pointing to the mythologies that revolve around these tropes, Newkirk-following in the footsteps of David Hammons and others-attempts to destabilize assumptions about identity. Newkirk uses materials that emerged from the African-American experience as a medium to construct images of stereotypical white culture. While Newkirk considers himself a sculptor, he complements these works with photographs in which he pictures himself with the identity obscured, allowing his figure to function as a signifier of black people in general. Although his work is about blackness and place, its implications are never as simple as this pairing would suggest. Newkirk has had solo exhibitions at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. He has participated in group shows at The Bronx Museum and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Please join us for an exciting looks at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago alumnus Kori Newkirk’s most recent projects.

The Art Institute of Chicago
Members – $60
Non-Members – $75

05:15PM – 06:15PM – Reception
Millennium Park Room
Members – $15

06:15PM – 07:30PM – Lecture
Millennium Park Room

07:30PM – 08:30PM – Dining
Park Grill