Integrated: Korean Clay and Paper Heritage in Contemporary American Art
Exhibition Opening Reception & Artist Talks:
Friday, May 5 @ 6:00 pm
On View: May 5 - 31
Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C.2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Join us for the opening of 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 artists (Aimee Lee, Sammy Lee and Steph Rue) work with hanji, the durable, fibrous Korean traditional paper made from mulberry tree bark, and three (Adam Field, Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish) with earthenware ceramics. All six 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.
Talks by the Artists
Korean Reception & Refreshments
Complimentary Drink per Guest
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 is free with an RSVP, and Integrated remains on view through May 31 (open M-F, 9am-noon & 1:30-5:30pm).