Among the largest and oldest art museums in the US, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a pilgrimage site for modern and contemporary art professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world, due in part to its extensive holdings of the work of Marcel Duchamp, as well as its Constantin Brancusi sculptures. Through innovative exhibitions and programs, the museum has stayed true to its roots as a teaching institution and to the belief that the arts can positively transform society.
An exhibition will survey 30 years of contemporary art made by artists who share an experience of South Korea by their birth, residence, or ancestry. Curated by the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Hyunsoo Woo, curator of Korean art, and Elisabeth Agro, curator of American modern and contemporary crafts and decorative arts, the exhibition will present more than three dozen works in the museum’s galleries and outdoor public spaces to examine a generation of artists—born mainly between 1960 and 1980—who experienced the transition from South Korea’s last authoritarian regime to the onset of globalization and new democratic freedoms. The exhibition will explore the theme of “temporal dissonance:” how an individual conceives of the present and future as framed by memories of the past. This exploration will be organized around concepts of the gendered body, tension, displacement, conformity, and transition. Specific to the themes of transition and displacement, two sculptors, Meekyoung Shin and Juree Kim, will be commissioned to create new site-specific installations.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.