Mon – Fri, 10am – 4 pm. Prior to most events, and during most intermissions.
Sept 30 through Dec 11, 2015
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.
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
Asian and Asian American Studies Institute
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The KOREA exhibit is part of a crowdfunding campaign on both IndieGoGo and KickStarter. To learn more about the exhibit, or to make a donation, go to:
The purpose of this campaign is to raise enough money to cover the cost of bringing the participating artists from North Korea to Connecticut for a special talk about their art, and the art world in North Korea. This campaign is very exciting, as it will be the first time North Korean artists have been permitted to come to the U.S.
Please help spread the word to those who would be interested.