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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 contemporary 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 diverse and still changing Korean society, from the ascetic Confucian Joseon era to the hyper-materialistic culture of today.

All of the screens paintings 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 Gahoe Museum.

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 Collectables in Painting
Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

Curator’s Tour
Wednesday, September 29, 2016 @ 4:20 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


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