[KS] The 76th Yonsei-KF Korean Studies (Professor Hyuk-Rae Kim, GSIS, Yonsei University)

김혁래 hyukrae at yonsei.ac.kr
Tue Nov 13 07:09:20 EST 2007

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The Korean Studies Program and the Institute for Modern Korean Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University are pleased to invite you to attend the 76th Yonsei-KF Korean Studies Forum, which will be held on Tuesday, November 20th at 6:00 PM in Room 702 of New Millennium Hall at Yonsei University. The speaker is Joan Kee, Ph.D. Candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. The title of her talk is “Context: A Normative Question for Contemporary Korean Art.” The abstract of her paper and a brief bio can be found at the end of this email.  
 The presentation will be followed by a dinner reception. I hope you will come to enjoy the presentation, discussion, and reception. Please contact Jennifer Bresnahan at 010-5441-9204, jennifer.bresnahan at gmail.com for further inquiries.  
Hyuk-Rae Kim
Professor of Korean StudiesDirector, Institute for Modern Korean Studies
GSIS, Yonsei University 

            Abstract:  In the past twenty years, Korean artists have gained increasing acceptance within the international art world. As welcome as this visibility has been, it has also brought with it unforeseen consequences that actually threaten to undermine the artwork’s efforts to undermine the Eurocentricity of the international art world.   By endorsing methods of interpretation that obligates the material artwork to perform exclusively in the service of context, commentators and in some cases, artists, reify a false dichotomy between form and context.   Although based on historical phenomena, this talk is a theoretical exposition on the normative implications of the idea of context. Of particular interest is the relationship of context to contemporary Korean art vis-à-vis its position within the discursive field known as contemporary Asian art.  


Biography: Joan Kee is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.   Her dissertation, “The Society of Ways and Means:  Korean Monochrome Painting and the Emergence of Contemporary Korean Art,” examines contemporary painting in South Korea from approximately 1973 to 1979.   Other current projects include a chapter on painting and spectatorship in 1930s colonial Korea for an anthology on colonial modernity in Korea.  Ms. Kee has written extensively on the subject of contemporary art in East Asia, including essays for the Oxford Art Journal, Third Text, Tema Celeste, Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, the exhibition catalogue for the Korean Pavilion at the 2003 Venice Biennale, and most recently, the catalogue for the Brooklyn Museum exhibition Global Feminisms.   From September 2008 she will be Assistant Professor in the History of Art at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

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