Conférence : Integral Stain : Art and Life in Sixties Korea



Dr. Joan Kee, Associate Professor of the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan, will present a talk on the coterminous qualities of Korean art following the end of the Korean War.

 « Integral Stain : Art and Life in Sixties Korea »

Wednesday, April 24th

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

10383 Bunche Hall

This event is co-sponsored by the Dept. of Art History.


How might we think of North and South Korean artistic production as coterminous rather than irrevocably divided? Looking at examples of South Korean photography and North Korean painting in the years when the ceasefire signaling the provisional end of the Korean War (and the beginning of postwar Korean art) threatened to devolve into a new world war, this talk explores alienation as a virtual commons for a richer and more complicated history of contemporary art in Korea. Notable is the image and function of the stain, whether it be a dark blot on the surface of a painting or a photographed smudge diminishing the consistency of an image’s surface. More than a trace of lapsed attention or a symptom of chance, the stain as both image and trope played an integral role in mediating between aesthetic and political concerns that so colored lived experience in sixties Korea.  


11371 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

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