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Opening Reception Contemporary Art from South & North Korea

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
5:30pm – 8:20pm

Storrs Campus
Jorgensen Gallery

“KOREA. Contemporary Art from South and North Korea” Opening Reception Program / September 30, 2015 Jorgensen Gallery / UConn-Storrs / 5:30pm to 8:20pm

The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University Connecticut proudly present the exhibition “KOREA. Contemporary Art from South and North Korea” at the Jorgensen Gallery from September 30 through December 11, 2015.

OPENING RECEPTION PROGRAM 5:30 – 6:00: Opening Remarks by Cathy Schlund-Vials, Director of Asian and Asian American Studies Institute / Followed by an Introduction to and Dialogue with the Curator of the exhibition, Heng-Gil Han 6:00 – 7:00: Gallery Tour of Exhibition with Curator and Artists attending the Opening 7:00 - 7:30: Intermission 7:30 - 8:20: “DRUM KOREA” Percussion Performance / Chamber Stage – Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION “KOREA” presents work by South and North Korean artists in juxtaposition. South Korean artists include Ildan Choi, Myong Hi Kim, Tcha-sup Kim, Kakyoung Lee, Kelvin K. Park, Yooah Park, and Sungsook Setton while North Korean artists are Chang-ho Choi, Gye-keun Choi, Chang-mo Chung, In-soo Pang, Chang Ri, Young Sunu, and a few anonymous artists. To enrich the context, the exhibition also collects some items from North Korea such as art related books, posters, and stamps. The exhibition does not attempt to intervene in any political matters. Focused only on art, the exhibition is a comparative study that attempts not only to explore arts from the two Koreas, but also to provoke a critical reflection on current international exhibitions that, driven by the force of the global art market, stylize contemporary art, which in turn increasingly becomes homogeneous in appearance. Still, the exhibition opens up a philosophical discourse on the possibility of writing about a deep continuity of perpetually altering contemporary art that advances by the logic of contradiction. The exhibition sets a geographical limit to its investigation of the arts from Korea, which is not to promote Korean nationalism, but to examine a thermocline in contemporary art by looking at the fascinating narratives and frameworks of art from Korea.

ABOUT THE CURATOR Heng-Gil Han is Co-founder and Director of Korea Art Forum, a New York based not-for-profit organization devoted to bridging the world through art. The current exhibition is an improved edition of KOREA that he previously presented in 2014 at the FiveMyles in Brooklyn, NY.

ABOUT “DRUM KOREA” To enhance the public experience of the exhibition, the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts specially offers “Drum Korea” as a part of the exhibition’s Opening program, presenting a set of Korean percussion music.


Ms. Fe Delos-Santos @ or 860-486-5083

Asian American Studies Institute (primary), Art & Art History, Asian American Cultural Center, Benton Museum of Art, First Year Programs & Learning Communities, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, UConn Master Calendar

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