Unfolding Beauty and Beyond: Korean Screen Paintings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
VCAM VCAM 102 VCAM Seminar Room
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Callinan, Matthew S
Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities

While a folding screen is one of the popular painting formats in Korea, screen paintings functioned not only as fine art works, but also provided many other practical roles in the daily life of the Joseon dynasty. Screen paintings sometimes became architectural components as a room divider or, a protection against the wind. They were also used as a backdrop at special occasions such as birthdays, weddings and funerals. The subject matter of screen paintings therefore often reflected auspicious wishes associated with a specific event or location. Using examples of the late Joseon dynasty’s screen paintings, this lecture will explore meanings and symbolism hidden behind their visual charm. Relevant Chinese and Japanese works will serve as interesting comparisons providing distinctive characteristics of these closely related cultures.

Hyunsoo Woo, Howard Lewis Curator of Korean Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is a leading authority on Korean Art and one of only a few Korean art curators in the United States.  With a wide range of curatorial interests from traditional to contemporary Korean art, Woo most recently curated PMA’s first Korean American female artist’s solo exhibition, Jean Shin: Collections (2018). Her 2014 special exhibition at PMA, Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910, was highly acclaimed and also traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The exhibition accompanied a substantial scholarly catalogue of the same title published by the Yale University Press. Prior to her appointment at PMA in 2006, Woo held positions at the Brooklyn Museum (1997-2001) and Japan Society Gallery, NY (2001-2005). Woo received a Master of Arts degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University, a Master of Arts degree in Asian Art History and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Ewha Womans University, Seoul.

Unfolding Beauty and Beyond is made possible by the Distinguished Visitors Program

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