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Korean Craft: Yesterday and Today

  • Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. 2370 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

Korean Craft: Yesterday and Today

"Korean Craft meets America" 

Exhibition Opening Reception: Friday, May 3 at 6:00 pm

On View: May 3 – June 21, 2019

Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C.

2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, D.C.


Join us for the opening of Korean Craft: Yesterday and Today, an exhibition of traditional and modern Korean craft arts paired to evoke both classical sensibilities and clean, contemporary style.


Divided into three parts, Korean Craft sheds light on the distinct lines and colors embedded in a variety of Korean handicrafts. Complementary aesthetics emerge from the bringing together of these diverse forms, such as handmade wooden furniture, vibrant costumes and textiles, and elegant household ceramics. This unique exhibition brings together rare historical artifacts from the collection of the Sookmyung Women’s University Museum, including items used in the daily lives of the Sadaebu, the ruling elite class who dominated Korean political and cultural life during the evocative Joseon Dynasty period from the 15th to the 20th centuries, as well as reconstructed and reimagined works by modern craft artists.


In addition, two art workshops will be held in conjunction with this exhibition (details below). Offering more than the sum of its many parts, this expansive exhibition allows visitors to experience the universality and unique beauty of Korean culture through the colors and lines embodied in traditional Korean crafts and their modern applications.


Korean Craft: Yesterday and Today is presented in partnership with the Sookmyung Women’s University Museum and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism with support from the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (KOFICE) as part of the Traveling Korean Arts Project.


Admission to the opening reception featuring talks by the artists on Friday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. is free and open to the public, but registration is required (below). Korean Craft: Yesterday and Today remains on view during regular hours through June 21, 2019.