Contemporary Korean Art A Lecture by Jongmin Paek
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 10:00am
Contemporary Korean Art A Lecture by Jongmin Paek

Institute for Asian Studies Yoshiko Kakudo Memorial Lecture

Contemporary Korean Art
A Lecture by Jongmin Paek


Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Time: 10:00-11:30am

Location: PSU School of Art + Design Art Building Room 200 (2000 SW 5th Avenue)


Free & Open to the public!


Throughout modern history, Korean artists have been negotiating westernization while attempting to come to terms with national identity. Artists tried balancing between tradition and modernity, first under colonial suppression, then conditioned by the limitations enforced by a geographically and politically divided nation. Their art oscillated between the demands of and the reaction against dictatorship, student uprisings and citizen protests. How could Korean art become successful under these conditions, and how is success even defined?

This lecture will look into key factors influencing the development of Korean aesthetics and the construction of national identity in Korean contemporary art. We will look at both, the discourse on contemporary Korean art within Korea and overseas. Specifically, we will examine art exhibitions and market structures, government policies on art education and the representation of art at local levels, as well as the presentation of Korean art at international art venues, such as the Venice Biennale.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER Jongmin Paek is an Independent Scholar specializing in Korean Art History, Modern and Contemporary Art, Cultural Studies. Most recently Paek was the Korea Foundation and Academy of Korean Studies Visiting Professor of Korean Studies at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy (2010-2015). Her research interests include Korean and Asian art history; theory and criticism; history of modernity, race and ethnicity; and construction of social identities. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Korean Studies at Hamburg University.


Sponsored by the Institute for Asian Studies

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The PSU Institute for Asian Studies
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