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Jinhong Kim: Coincidence

Coincidence,” Jinhong Kim’s exhibition of photography that captures New York City as a masterpiece made up of its buildings, is on display from June 20 to August 29, 2019, at the Living Room Gallery of Saint Peter’s Church, 54th Street at Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.


Each building that Kim captures in the exhibition radiates with color and energy and tells its unique story.  By portraying the quiet emotions of the buildings that line New York City’s skyline, “Coincidence” gives voice to the stories that many people do not see or hear.  Jinhong’s lens thus opens viewers’ minds to a new perspective of our colorful, lively, and vibrant city.

Join us for a reception with the artist on July 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

In his four decades as a photographer, as Kim’s art has grown and matured, his style has evolved from innocence to agony. Kim discovered ruined trees overthrown by a Long Island storm, and wanted to capture the unfaltering branches clinging tightly to tree trunks.  Kim’s photographic vocabulary connects the resilience of nature, people, and cities, making Kim known for the delicate subtlety he instills.  

As a documentary photographer, Jinhong Kim has captured natural and social landscapes over his career, chronicling circus troupes, celebrities, politicians, natural disaster, and, now, cityscapes.  He studied photography at Shingu College (South Korea), the Memphis College of Art, and the Pratt Institute.  He has exhibited at SIA New York, the Nabi Museum of the Arts, the Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery, the Korean Embassy (Washington, DC), and his work resides in the permanent collections of the Po Kim Museum and the Korean Consulate in New York City. 

Fostering the creative and performing arts is one of the longest continuous mission commitments of Saint Peter’s Church, a welcoming and diverse evangelical catholic communion nourished by God and publicly engaged with others in creatively shaping life in the city. Saint Peter’s hosts a rich collection of sculpture, textiles, paintings and fine objects including Nevelson Chapel, the only remaining intact sculptural environment created by the extraordinary Louise Nevelson, one of the 20th century’s premier abstract expressionist sculptors. 

Some fifty years ago Elaine de Kooning began curating a gallery in the parish hall of the “old” Saint Peter’s Church. That tradition continues today in two modern spaces: the Narthex Gallery and the Living Room Gallery. Sung Won’s exhibition is part of Saint Peter’s program of rotating art installations alongside Nevelson Chapel, which aims to bring contemporary artists into regular conversation with the general public.