Presented by Maysles Cinema, Sweet Spot, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Reel Harlem: The Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival
Summer of Music: We Like It Like That
@ St. Nicholas Park
135th St. Plaza & St. Nicholas Ave
Lawn Chairs Permitted
Latin Boogaloo, Afro-Cuban and Latin Soul, Salsa and Fania Records Tribute with DJ Laylo
We Like It Like That
Mathew Ramirez Warren, 2015, 81 min
Boogaloo—which fuses R&B, doo-wop, and soul with mambo and other Caribbean styles and polyrhythms—is a vibrant sound that originated on the streets of New York in the 1950s and ’60s and went on to move hips all around the world. Reflective of the civil-rights struggles happening at the time, these scrappy teenage musicians openly challenged the powers that be and record labels representing buttoned-up Latin artists (who later collaborated to squash the movement). This fascinating piece of musical history is told through rare concert footage and visits to the old neighborhood with living legends Johnny Colon, Bobby Marin, and Joe Bataan.
Summer of Music is in conversation with the Studio Museum's inHarlem
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.