Korean Family Month Celebration Program

May, 2022

Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA

 

Korean Cultural Society of Boston

           Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library

 

 

  • Exhibition of Minwha (Korean Folk Painting) 
        May 3 – 31

           Gallery, Concord Free Public Library

           Reception: Saturday, May 7, 3-4 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Children’s program: Korean Art and Craft

Saturday, May 14 – 2:00-4:00 PM

Children’s Room

 

  • Clay cookie with Korean patterns

  • Book reading (30-40 min; A cut-out of a Korean dress for picture taking)

  • Color paper folding

  • Korean children's games

 

 

  • Sijo Poetry for Middle/High school students & Adults

Saturday, May 14, 2:30-4:00 pm

 

 

 

  • Music Concert

Saturday, May 21, 7:00 PM

 

Korean Traditional Music

Kyung-sun Kim: Gayageum (12-string instrument)

Isabelle Rhee: Janggu (percussion)

Yoona Kim: Ajaeng (string and bow)

Dr. Mina Cho: Jazz (keyboard)

 

Enjoy Korean music on Saturday May 21 at 7 pm. Three Korean traditional instruments - Gayageum(12-string instrument), Janggu (drum) and Ajaeng (string instrument with a bow) - will be performed by Kyung Sun Kim, Jihye Park and Yoona Kim.  Also, Dr. Mina Cho, the founder of the 'International Gugak jazz Institute', will add fun by improvising on the piano with Yoona Kim. 

       Isabelle Rhee                         Mina Cho                               Yoona Kim                    Kyung-sun Kim

Prof. David McCann of Harvard Univ. (emeritus) will present a workshop on Sijo, the Korean vernacular counterpart to the Japanese haiku.  David has translated and published a large number of sijo, both Classical as well as contemporary, and for several years at Harvard taught the course Writing Asian Poetry where students wrote poems following models in Classical Chinese, the Japanese haiku, and the sijo. His own book of sijo poems, Urban Temple, was translated into Korean and published in Korea. The sijo is a really interesting verse form, with strong performance aspects, much like today’s K-pop.  Its three lines can also be seen as a good example for analysis and essay writing, as it unfolds with an Introducti0on in the first line, Development in the second, and then a rhetorical Turn to start the third line, and the Conclusion. 

Minwha was produced mostly by itinerant or unknown artists without formal training for the purpose of everyday use or decoration. Minhwa art evolved into its present form in the seventeenth century when the artists, commoners, began getting commissions for the wealthy middle classes. Minwha (Korean Folk Arts) depicts customs, habits, ways of life in ordinary Koreans and includes yearning for life: yearning for happiness and long life, for luck and wealth, for marital harmony, etc. Images from nature such as flowers, trees, butterflies, fishes, as tigers as well as household items such as brush, book, porcelain, furniture, etc. are interwoven and bring out unique Korean beauty.  Sometimes, Minwha carries sarcastic twists to the strictly hierarchical society.

 

Seongmin Ahn from New York begins with traditional forms and themes, and then extends into multi-disciplinary and multi-media practices by adopting science, technology, and multiple cognitive models. Her cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary approach enhances viewers' ability to empathize and engage. She adapts her practice to the emerging issues of contemporary art and community interests, reflecting the concerns and problems of a globalized world.

 

Insun Cho is local to the Boston area, and has produced a number of Minwha painting and folding screens with traditional themes.

 

Sunhee Hur owns Hee Gallery in Holliston, MA and has a wide variety of interests in paintings and ceramics.

 

Jaeok Lee is a ceramic artist and explores new ways of making contemporary Minhwa using clay as a medium.