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Public Programs: Symposium & Artist Demo

Looking at Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea
Saturday, May 21, 9:30 AM–1:30 PM, Samsung Hall
Free with museum admission  

In conjunction with the special exhibition Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea, on view in the Tateuchi Gallery through October, the museum presents a symposium that delves into the mysterious qualities of mother-of-pearl shells and East Asian lacquer. Join us as Kyeongmi Joo of Chungnam National University speaks on the art historical context of Korean mother-of-pearl lacquerware. Conservators Herant Khanjian and Colleen O’Shea will talk specifically about the Korean mother-of-pearl lacquer objects that were conserved for this exhibition. Conservator Marianne Webb will provide an in-depth overview of East Asian lacquer conservation techniques, and artist and professor Sunhwa Kim of Buffalo State will talk about the uses of mother-of-pearl lacquer in contemporary East Asian art and the challenges she faces when working with these materials.  Download the program here.

Artist Demo: Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea
Saturday, May 21, 1–4 PM, North Court
Free with museum admission  

To bring to life the exhibition Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea, contemporary artist Kwangwoo Bae will demonstrate the intricacy of inlaying mother-of-pearl and the process of lacquering wood. One of the few contemporary Korean artists who bases his work on traditional practices, Kwangwoo Bae recently reproduced Korea’s Goryeo dynasty mother-of-pearl lacquerware. Try your hand at this delicate craft and decorate your own brooch to take home. Watch a video of artist Kwangwoo Bae at work...

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