A Symposium to Coincide with the Opening of Poetry in Clay: Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

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A Symposium to Coincide with the Opening of Poetry in Clay: Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
September 24th, 2011 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Union Square/Civic Center
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-5; Thu (Jan-Oct) 10-9; Thu (Nov-Dec) 10-5; closed Mon
$50 (includes lunch, but not museum admission). To register, call the Society for Asian Art at 415-581-3701.


Around the beginning of the Joseon dynasty Korean potters developed a new style–whimsical, rustic, direct, fresh, audacious, and contemporary–using iron-paint, stamped or inlaid designs, or simple white slip. By the sixteenth century, buncheong ceramics had fallen out of fashion in Korea, but their influence continued to be felt strongly in Japan. Rediscovered in the twentieth century, buncheong ware has once again achieved the interest and affection of connoisseurs who view it as the expression of a native approach to art, genuinely Korean, fresh, and vital.

Join us to study this enduring ceramic style that sprang from the celadon tradition to create an aesthetic quintessentially Korean which retains its popularity in modern times.

Confirmed Presenters are:

Kim Youngwon: Director of National Research Institute of Korea; formerly Chief Curator at the National Museum of Korea, emeritus. Dr. Kim will give the keynote address covering an overview of Buncheong ceramics, the position of the style in the history of Korean art and the aesthetics of Buncheong ware. She will highlight the impact buncheong trade wares had on Japanese ceramics and the rediscovery of buncheong in the 20th century and the current popularity of the style.

Dr. John Duncan, Professor of Pre-Modern Korean History, Director of the Center for Korean Studies, UCLA. Dr. Duncan will outline the establishment of the Joseon dynasty and how it changed the cultural picture in Korea in 14th- and 15th-century Korea.

Dr. Robert Mowry, Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art and Head of the Department of Asian Art, Arthur M. Sackler Museum; Dr. Mowry will discuss the technical aspects of Buncheong ware and the influences from the celadon tradition.

Kyungja Hwang, an independent curator, M.A. from New York University and Ph.D. from Dongduk Women’s University, Seoul. Dr. Hwang will focus on major contemporary artists in Korea and discuss contemporary art that was inspired from traditional Korean ceramics.

Hyonjeong Kim Han, Curator of Korean Art, Asian Art Museum. HJ will moderate the day’s events and give a summation of the proceedings.

Samsung Hall

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