Integrated: Korean Clay and Paper Heritage in Contemporary American Art

Hanji and book artist Aimee Lee, among other artists, speaks at exhibition opening this week at the Korean Cultural Center in DC.

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. and Director Myeongsun Park proudly present Integrated: Korean Clay and Paper Heritage in Contemporary American Art, a new exhibition of paper and ceramic works by six American artists whose deep inspiration from Korean history and culture helps integrate elements of East and West in their art.

Three of Integrated’s artists work with hanji (durable, fibrous Korean traditional paper made from mulberry tree bark) and three with earthenware ceramics; all have devoted themselves to understanding the culture and history of traditional Korean paper and clay respectively, in order create their own modern expression of American identity and cultural heritage based on their experiences with Korea. As artistic media, both Hanji and ceramics provide rich tactile texture and a surprising degree of creative freedom. These are explored to great extent in Integrated, through old and new manual techniques such as book binding, weaving, dyeing, and Korean joomchi, as well as pottery that is thrown, paddled, carved, kiln-fired, and more. This exhibition also celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, highlighting the passion and perspective of American artists who draw creative inspiration from East Asia to inform their own cultural experiences.

Admission to the opening reception with talks by featured artists on May 5 is free and open to the public, but registration is required (below). Integrated: Korean Clay and Paper Heritage in Contemporary American Art will remain on view through May 31.

WHAT: Art exhibition, artist talks, & public opening reception

WHO: Adam Field, Aimee Lee, Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish, Sammy Lee, Steph Rue

WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, May 5 at 6:00 pm

On View: May 5–31, 2017 (open M-F, 9am-noon & 1:30-5:30pm)

WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)

HOW: Free RSVP to the opening reception below, or walk-in hours listed above.

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