Sept 30 through Dec 11, 2015
Opening Reception Program
Sept 30, 5:30 pm | Jorgensen Gallery
5:30 - Cathy Schlund-Vials Opening Remarks
6:00 - Gallery Tour with Heng-Gil and Visiting Artists
7:00 - Intermission: Refreshments and Conversation
7:30 - "Drum Korea" – A Traditional Percussion Performance
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.
Among additional highlights throughout the festival week: Critical Exchange will offer a series of discussions among practitioners, critics and scholars; Reel Puppetry: Craft on the Silver Screen will feature daily screenings and discussions about the art of Puppetry on screen; and The Professional Day for Teaching Artists and Therapists provides professional development for puppeteers, educators and therapists who would like to be more effective while working in educational and therapeutic settings.
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.
DRUM KOREA, performed by the New York Korean Traditional Marching Band, will include a set of Korean percussion music performed on the Jorgensen chamber stage as a part of the exhibition's opening program. The repertoire includes Moon Gut (a traditional ritual music that performers play when entering the stage), Jindo Bukchoom (a Korean traditional drum dance performed by farmers), Samdo Sul Changgo (a percussion music widely spread in southern South Korea), and Samdo Samulnori (an ensemble of four percussion instruments). The New York Korean Traditional Marching Band is a professional Korean traditional percussion group based in Flushing, New York. Members of the band include Chunseung Lee, Sangyul Lee, and Maggie Kim.
Tickets are not required for this event.
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.