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New York, NY 10017
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Gallery hours: (M-F) 10 AM - 4:30 PM by appointment

Free admission

Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the gallery is open only by appointment. The appointment must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled visit. To make an appointment, please contact info@koreasociety.org. All visitors will be required to wear a mask as well as complete the safety questionnaire upon arrival.

Young Min Moon: The Share for Those Who Remain

September 15-December 9, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 15, 2022 5-7pm EDT
Artist Talk [video release]: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 5pm EDT

In his paintings Young Min Moon depicts Jesa, a Confucian ritual for commemoration of the deceased, which was one of the earliest memories he holds while growing up in the military regime of South Korea in the 1970s and 80s. Despite the gender politics now associated with the ritual today due to its patriarchal nature, Moon insists on exploring the legacy. For him, the ritual holds multiple layers of meanings: an occasion of silence utterly severed from the violent era of his childhood, a means of remembering the deceased, and a tradition that may be discontinued in the age of globalization.

Moon's paintings are also a way of honoring women’s labor for the patriarchal tradition, and an invitation to the celebration of familial ties that are largely inaccessible for diasporic Koreans. In his solo exhibition at The Korea Society, Moon also complicates his relation to the legacy of Jesa by situating it in relation to Catholicism that impacted the Confucian tradition in Korea.

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Hanbok: The Celebration

September 8, 2022, 6:30pm EDT
In person and online event

Riding the Korean Wave sweeping the world, the traditional Korean costumes have become increasingly visible in global media. In 2021, hanbok-the generic term referring to traditional style Korean clothing-was registered in the Oxford English Dictionary. In this comprehensive series of lectures, Dr. Minjee Kim, the preeminent scholar of Korean textile and fashion in the U.S., illustrates and elucidates hanbok in sartorial, socio-cultural, and historical contexts.

In the fourth presentation of the series, Dr. Kim will demonstrate in person how to dress the bride and the groom in their splendid wedding attires. The children's one-year birthday celebration ensembles will also be displayed and their symbolism will be discussed.

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