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Institute for Korean Studies Lecture: "Roaring Bull, Stony Silence, and Abstract Nostalgia: The Trio of Korean Modern Art"


Friday, November 15, 2019, 5:00PM - 6:30PM


The Institute for Korean Studies presents, "Roaring Bull, Stony Silence, and Abstract Nostalgia: The Trio of Korean Modern Art" by Jungsil Jenny Lee, lecturer at California State University, Fullerton.

Modern awareness and visualization of national identity in Korea emerged during the end of the nineteenth century under threats from foreign powers. This diversified against the Japanese colonial rule, intensified in recovery efforts after the Korean War and is still used for national promotion on global stages. Many Western-style painters who trained with new painting materials and techniques during the Japanese colonial period are known to present their consciousness of ethnicity in paintings with specific motifs and colors, identified as distinctively Korean. Korean identity was painted and explained in various ways by artists, critics and viewers, either individually or collectively. This lecture will discuss visualization of Korean-ness in three different cases of Western-style painters, Lee Jung Seob (1916-1956), Park Soo Keun (1914-1965) and Kim Whanki (1913-1974). The discussion addresses their recognition of cultural nationalism, presentation of new Korean painting and posthumous construction of their reputation as Korea’s most favorite painters.

This event is free and open to the public.

Location : 260 Pomerene Hall
Contact : East Asian Studies Center

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