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Fall 2016 Exhibition

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The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens
September 29 through December 23, 2016
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens explores the genre of Korean still-life painting known as chaekgeori. Chaekgeori was one of the most enduring and prolific art forms of Korea’s Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), and it emphasizes books and other material commodities as symbolic embodiments of knowledge, power, and social reform. Today, a diverse body of artists continues this tradition into the twenty-first century, coming together to examine modern Korean society and its social, cultural, and political attitudes and ideals. Drawing on a long artistic lineage and making comparisons to the traditional form and objectives of chaekgeori with the works of contemporary artists (including Seongmin Ahn, Kyoungtack Hong, Patrick Hughes, Airan Kang and Stephanie S. Lee), this exhibition facilitates a better understanding of a still changing Korean society, from the ascetic Confucian Joseon era to the hyper-materialistic culture of today.

All of the screens are on loan from both private collections and Korean national institutions, including the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art; the Seoul Museum; the Korean Folk Village; the Chosun Minhwa Museum; and the Sungok Memorial Hall

The exhibition is curated by Jinyoung Jin (Director of Cultural Programs, Charles B. Wang Center), Sooa Im McCormick (Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Cleveland Museum of Art), and Kris Imants Ercums (Curator of Global Contemporary and Asian Art, Spencer Museum of Art).

The exhibition is organized by Byungmo Chung (Gyeongju University) and Sunglim Kim (Dartmouth College), and co-hosted by the Korea Foundation and Gallery Hyundai.


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From Europe to Korea: The Marvelous Journey of Collectibles in Painting
Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

Curator’s Tour
Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

Making My Own Book Bag with Korean Chaekgeori Painting
Fridays, October 7, 21, 28, 2016 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel


Spring 2016 Exhibitions

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Webtoon: The Evolution of Korean Digital Comics
March 10 — May 31, 2016
Charles B. Wang Center Jasmine, Zodiac, and Video Galleries

South Korea's entertainment landscape is shaped by a force that's not widely known in the West: The webtoon. The Webtoon is digital comics run the gamut from comedies to dramas, from thrillers to romances and elaborate fantasies. It can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime, online and on mobile devices. Their popularity has given rise to TV series, films, musical performances, and video games and souvenir businesses. The term webtoon was coined by Naver, one of the top search engines in South Korea, and it quickly became a term that applied to all web cartoons.

This exhibition was organized by the Korean Cultural Service in New York and supported by the Korean portal service, Naver, Rolling Stories and TappyToon.




This exhibition was a part of Tour 1 of the Art Crawl: A Guided Tour of Campus Galleries on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.



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Korea’s Digital Comics: The Evolution of Webtoons in a Global Context
Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Free Admission!


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Shiva Ahmadi: Spheres of Suspension
March 10 — May 31, 2016
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

This exhibition features the work of contemporary Iranian-American artist Shiva Ahmadi's, including lush and imaginative artworks of various mediums, such as paintings, works on paper and videos. Ahmadi's work reflects on global subjects of social trauma and corruption through dexterous brush strokes. By juxtaposing beautifully captivating figures and ethereal landscapes that are deeply rooted in Eastern poetic and visual traditions, Ahmadi makes a powerful series of statements about the insidious convergence of political and religious power.


This exhibition is a part of Tour 2 of the Art Crawl: A Guided Tour of Campus Galleries on Thursday, April 21, 2016.




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