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Korean Heritage Symposium

On the First Thursday of March through June

Online at 7:30 pm (Live stream on KCSB Facebook)

Moderator: Jiyeon Kim

Jiyeon Kim received a Ph.D. of East Asian art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her recent research topics include social status and artistic identity, collecting history of Asian art in Boston area museums, and gardens as social space. Apart from teaching art history, she worked in conversation and regional art administration and participated in in several exhibition, collection research, and publication projects. She is currently participating in the 2022 North American tour exhibition of the South Korean artist Park Dae Sung.

Brush Painting 수묵화: Sungsook Hong Setton
March 2

Sungsook Hong Setton is a painter whose works combine gestural abstraction with East Asian traditions of water-ink painting. She has exhibited throughout New York and New England as well as in Canada, England, China, Taiwan, and Korea. Sungsook is a brush painting instructor at the China Institute and the Art League of Long Island and is the author of The Spirit of the Brush (2016), which describes brush painting techniques and her personal journey. She trained with Korean and Chinese masters and holds a BFA from SUNY Stony Brook and an MFA from Goddard College

Ong-gi (Korean Earthenware): Hyanglim Han

April 6

Hyanglim Han established Hanhyanglim Onggi Museum in 2004 exhibiting her collections of 20 years, in order to showcase scientific merits and artistic balance of Korean Onggi. Traditional Korean simplicity is embedded in Onggi, and the Museum strives to have Korea’s past be experienced and foster futuristic creative ideas. It also continues its research on preserving Onggi, which is designated as one of Intangible Cultural Properties of the Province.

(Pre-recorded with English subtitles)

Korean Shamans: Laurel Kendall

May 4

Laurel Kendall’s research on Korean shamans began more than 40 years ago; in several books she describes the tradition in relation to women’s lives and how it has adapted to Korea’s many social and economic changes.  Her most recent work concerns the power of images in Korean and related popular religious practices.  Kendall is Curator of Asian Ethnographic Collections at the American Museum of Natural History and an Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Weatherhead East Asian Institute  Senior Research Fellow at Columbia University.  Kendall is a former President of the Association for Asian Studies (2016-2017).

Korean Embroidery: Lee Talbot

June 1

Lee Talbot is Curator for the Textile Museum Collection at the tGeorge Washington University and the Textile Museum in Washington, DC. He joined The Textile Museum in 2007, specializing in the history of East Asian textiles. He has curated numerous exhibitions, including Bingata! Only in Okinawa (2016), Vanishing  Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China (2018) and Korean Fashion: From Royal Court to Runway (2022). He has published catalogues, articles, and the chapters on Chinese and Korean decorative arts in History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400–2000. He was previously curator at the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul and serves on the board of the Textile Society of America.

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