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Two Reflections: Korean and American Artists Confront Humanity and Nature

  • Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. 2370 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)
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Two Reflections: Korean and American Artists Confront Humanity and Nature

Exhibition Opening Reception Event: 

Friday, December 8 at 6:00 pm

On View: Dec. 8, 2017 - Jan. 24, 2018

Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C.

2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Join the opening reception & meet the artists! 

Join us for the opening of Two Reflections: Korean and American Artists Confront Humanity and Nature, a new joint exhibition featuring works by two accomplished artists, one American and one Korean: Don Kimes and Suh Yongsun. Two Reflections draws thematic connections and contrasts between the visual languages of these artists, each of whom portrays a common sense of anguish brought about by different fundamental and inescapable forces in life: nature and humanity. 

While Kimes' work reflects on recovering his creative life in the wake of a natural disaster, Suh explores the universal struggle of individuals to live in just harmony with society. Both of these forces are integral components of the human experience, and both artists arrive at a similar creative destination despite being culturally and stylistically distinct -- a sublimation of their cultural differences to the universality of their artistic languages. 

Admission to the opening reception including talks by the artists on Friday, Dec. 8 at 6:00 p.m. is free and open to the public, but registration is required (below). Two Reflections will remain on view through Jan. 24, 2018. 

Artist Talks | Korean Refreshments  

| Complimentary Drink per Guest

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About the Artists

Don Kimes has been transforming and reinventing the sense of destruction and loss (caused by a devastating flood of his home and studio years ago) into something positive. As Kimes says now, 'the flood was a gift.' According to Kimes, this experience with the power of nature helped him realize that human material possessions are ultimately transient, and that everything is eventually reclaimed by nature. Since the flood claimed twenty-five years of his life's work, Kimes now uses the distorted form and structure of the images that were damaged, while incorporating the fundamental expressive elements of light and color in order to realize his unique contemporary style.

Kimes is currently Professor of Art at American University in Washington, D.C., where he served as head of the studio art program for 18 years, and has also worked as an artistic director at The Chautauqua Institution in New York since 1986. He has been in residence at the American Academy in Rome, SACI in Florence, Yellowstone, Latvia and many others.  He has participated in numerous exhibitions including the Brooklyn Museum, Corcoran Museum, the Katzen Museum, the Rueda Museum (Madrid), the Biennale Internazionale di Firenze (Florence, Italy), Rocca Paolina (Perugia), Living Art (Milan), America Haus (Munich), Casa di Cultura Mossa (Mexico), and dozens of other exhibitions internationally. He is represented by Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York City. For more on this artist, visit

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