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.

Gallery Talks

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

The Buddhist Arts of Korea with Dr. Robert Mowry

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 6:30 PM
This illustrated slide lecture will introduce Korean Buddhist art, focusing on the late Three Kingdoms period (traditionally, 57 BC – AD 668), the Unified Silla period (668–935), and the Koryŏ period (918–1392). Buddhism reached Korea from China in the fourth century; by the Unified Silla period, most members of the royal family were Buddhists, and the royal court patronized the religion, building temples and commissioning sculptures; by the Koryŏ period,… Read More

Korean Ceramics: The Great Tradition

Thursday, March 17, 2016 | 6:00 PM
This illustrated slide lecture will survey the history of Korean ceramics from the early historic period through the nineteenth century. It will focus on the robust stonewares of the Three Kingdoms (57 BC-AD 668) and Unified Silla (668-935) periods, the classical celadons of the Koryŏ (Goryeo) dynasty (918-1392), and the delicate porcelains and rustic punch’ŏng (buncheong) wares of the Chosŏn (Joseon) dynasty (1392-1910). The lecture will emphasize characteristics and innovations… 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

Into The Light: Gallery Exhibition

Sunday, October 25, 2015 | 6:00 PM
In the 1990’s, Ha Dong Chul (1946-2006), a leading Korean abstract artist, sought to represent the essential nature of creation through an examination of “light.” The resulting series of paintings bear his trademark synthesis of Western Modernism and native Korean technique. Ha used the “plucked ink line,” the age-old tool of the Korean carpenter and stonemason, to mark his canvasses with diagonal stripes. His bold, primary colors come directly from… Read More

VOID: Gallery Exhibition

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | 6:00 PM
Choong Supim builds bridges between different worlds. He combines sculpture, painting, and found objects to assert a harmony among contrasting concepts, such as the regimentation of modern civilization and a chaotic universe, urban and rural life, and the West and Korea. To Lim, the emphasis on distinctions conceals a deeper truth, which he seeks to uncover through an “emptying of self” and a patching of the “in-betweens.” The installation artwork… Read More

Lucky Pouches

Monday, April 6, 2015 | 6:00 PM
Create a lucky pouch (bok jumeoni), during this 4 week, 8 hour workshop with artists Wonju Seo and Karen Ahn. Using two traditional art forms, bojagi (patchwork) and maedeup (knotting), participants will make their own unique and lucky silk pouch. These bags were originally made as a substitute for pockets, since hanbok, Korean traditional clothes, have no pockets.     This workshop meets for a total of 8 hours over… Read More

The Paintings of Park Dae Sung

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 6:00 PM
After losing his parents and left hand to the Korean War, Park Dae Sung so loved art that by the age of ten he would rigorously and repeatedly copy ink-and-wash images and calligraphy from classic texts. This courageous young boy grew into an artist of visionary integrity, who, with deep gratitude to his artistic birthright, gracefully transcends imitation of his predecessors. Park Dae Sung achieves the traditional goal of the… Read More
Robert D. Mowry, Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art Emeritus, Harvard Art Museums, and Senior Consultant on Chinese and Korean Art, Christie’s, New York, discusses the history and development of Korean ink paintings. This illustrated slide lecture presents an introductory overview of the development of Korean painting during the Koryŏ (918-1392) and Chosŏn (1392-1910) dynasties, covering all four major categories of work: Buddhist painting, literati painting (sometimes also called… Read More
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