THE KOREA SOCIETY

is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization with individual and corporate members that is dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding, and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea.

Exhibitions

Holiday Exclusive Event with YUNA YANG Collection

Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 6:00 PM
In celebration of the holiday season, The Korea Society collaborates with YUNA YANG Collection to present an exclusive members’ event. Since its debut at 2010 New York Fashion Week, the luxury women’s wear brand has represented the quality of traditional couture with a modern vision. The collection is featured extensively in publications such as New York Times, Elle, Brides, New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Taiwan, Vogue Korea, and Style.com.… Read More

JEJU HAENYEO

Friday, December 8, 2017 | 6:00 PM
© David Alan Harvey / Magnum Photos / EurophotosJeju is home to the world-famous haenyeo, female divers who gather marine goods for a living. These women have received considerable attention from around the globe. The haenyeo symbolize Jeju women, their unyielding spirit and lead role in boosting the Jeju economy. UNESCO designated Jeju haenyeo as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Magnum Photographer David Alan Harvey stayed in Jeju for… Read More

Po Kim: Making Impossible Demands on Art

Monday, October 23, 2017 | 6:00 PM
In the course of his career, painter Po Kim worked in three distinct modes, gestural abstraction, realist still-life and symbolist figuration. This talk will examine each of these periods and look at how Po Kim's work related to the art of the period, especially that of other artists working in New York. I will also seek to understand the motives that sparked his stylistic restlessness, and ask whether his early… Read More
Members of The Korea Society were invited to an exclusive private tour of an exhibition that showcased works from renowned private, American, Asian-art collections. Exquisite pieces such as porcelain bottle vases, hanging scrolls, and panel screens from the Silla Dynasty (5th century) through the Joseon Dynasty (19th century) were presented. The highlight of the exhibition was “A Blue-and-white Porcelain Jar with Autumn Grasses” from the first half of the 18th… Read More
An award-winning sculptor and installation artist, Ahn incorporates lights, sounds, and movement into his work and seeks to find the human spirit within the results of mankind’s experiments with Utopia. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Dongwha Cultural Foundation. February 2 – April 28, 2017 Gallery Opening Thursday, February 2, 2017 | 6 PM FREE with RSVP The Korea Society Gallery 950 Third Avenue, 8th Floor, New York,… Read More

Prometheus: The Art of Tchah Sup Kim

Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 6:00 PM
Tchah Sup Kim has experimented with a wide variety of genres and methods, including pop art, geometric abstraction, mail art, readymade objects, environmental art, and minimalism. Although the styles and materials have changed over time, Kim’s artwork always expresses a quest for the transcendent—as well as a critique of the Western-centric perspective. Born in Japan’s Yamaguchi Prefecture, Kim and his family moved to Gyeongju, Korea, in 1944. He graduated from… Read More

Breath of Life: Paintings by Yoo Geun-Taek

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | 6:00 PM
Yoo Geun-Taek is a leading contemporary painter known for uniting traditional ink-and-wash painting techniques with the Korean post-modernist approach of the mid-1990s and 2000s. In contrast to the idealized objects usually found in traditional ink-wash painting (Sumukhwa), Yoo's art depicts the emotional quality of the workaday world—and often uncovers joy in the chaos and clutter of modern life. His paintings depict the everyday experience of the individual, and include intimate… Read More

Body and Spirit Moon Jars by Park Boo Won

Thursday, March 17, 2016 | 6:00 PM
Park Boo Won’s contemporary reproductions of moon jars simultaneously carry on and advance the Korean royal ceramic tradition. Traditional moon jars originated in the court of King Chŏngjo at the end of the 18th century. The white porcelain and simple curves embodied the principles of frugality and purity—neo-Confucian ideals of the ruling dynasty. Born in the countryside of Kimje in 1938, Park learned the royal ceramic tradition under distinguished master… Read More

Young Shik Kim

Thursday, February 18, 2016 | 6:00 PM
Young Shik Kim is a Korean folk-art painter who combines historic technique and materials with contemporary forms and non-traditional colors. Her style of simple objects rendered in a soft palette was developed over twenty years of practicing traditional Minhwa painting. Ms. Kim has participated in many group exhibitions in South Korea, China, Mongolia, Switzerland, and the United States. Her work recently appeared at the Induk University Gallery and the Ara… Read More

Miindo, Velazquez and Ants: Gallery Exhibition

Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 6:00 PM
Unrestrained by boundaries of medium or style, Lee LeeNam playfully reimagines classic works of art from different genres, time periods, and countries. He adds movement and detail to Eastern and Western masterpieces, inviting viewers to discover the new in familiar images. Lee majored in sculpture at Chosun University before discovering a passion for animation, a discipline that embraces both technology and time-honored technique. His digital creations also examine this interaction… Read More
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