Art Exhibit & Gallery Talk
In celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
Arirang: 17 Women Artists
Friday, May 4 @ 6 pm
Join us for the opening reception of Arirang: 17 Women Artists, a new exhibit of mixed media visual art, sculpture, ceramics, and paintings tied together by the theme of Korea's most famous folk song, Arirang. Each of the 17 featured artists, working in her own unique medium and style, strives to capture some of the complex emotion of this quintessentially Korean song, as well as its traditional cultural context.
Arirang has been sung in Korea for centuries. While the song's true origins are unknown, as well as the meaning of its title, its emotional depth and popularity among Koreans are indisputable. The lyrics tell the story of a forlorn woman immersed in grief at the departure of her lover; though she scorns him, she also longs for him. Arirang can evoke feelings of remorse and bitterness, but also nostalgia, passion, and joy, often mingled together. In this sense, it is closely related to Korean sentiment of han, which encompasses many of the same sorrowful feelings, as well as a sense of resolve and determination.
The opening reception will include brief talks by several of the featured artists as they introduce their work. This exhibit will remain on display through May 21, 2012.
Light Korean reception Provided
Or, you can also RSVP by email or phone to Adam Wojciechowicz at AWOJ@koreaembassy.org or (202) 587-6168. Please include your number of guests and a contact point.
Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 @ 7:30 pm
Presented by the University of Maryland Korean Percussion Ensemble, featuring Director Sebastian Wang and guest musicians. Free and open to the public. Free parking in Lot 1.
Maryland Art Place, Baltimore MD
Thursday, May 3, 2012 @ 6pm
A solo exhibition of political pop art by Korean-American new media artist Mina Cheon. Artist talk at 6pm and reception, 7-9pm. Free. Details here.
Passport DC: Around the World Embassy Tour
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Live performances, activities, and treats at the Korean Cultural Center, 10am to 4pm, along with open houses at 40 embassies across DC. Free. Details here.
Cranes & Clouds: The Korean Art of Ceramic Inlay
Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution
Featuring a variety of Korea's most stunning ceramics from the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties, and an exploration of the ancient techniques used to craft them since the 10th century. For more information, visit the Freer's website here. Also be sure to check out the National History Museum's acclaimed Korea Gallery.
*Upcoming and local events are not necessarily sponsored by or affiliated with the Korean Cultural Center. Know of an upcoming Korea-related event? Email AWOJ@koreaembassy.org to let us know.
The Korean Cultural Center at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, also known as KORUS House, is dedicated to promoting Korean culture and strengthening Korea-US ties through a variety of exhibitions, presentations, educational programs, partnerships, and support for local events in the Capital area. KORUS House also distributes free informational materials about Korea and manages the embassy website at www.dynamic-korea.com, a hub for Korea-US news. Please stop by to visit--our door is always open to all who want to learn about Korea.
KORUS House is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 am to noon and 1:30 to 5:30 pm.
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