Exhibition Presents Diverse Selection of North Korean Art

Watch­ing the Myriad-Shaped Peaks from Ch’ŏnsŏn Ter­race (ink and water­col­or). Kim Sunam, 1990. From the col­lec­tion of Abbot Ki Dae Won.

An exhi­bi­tion of art from North Korea titled “Touch­ing the Hearts and Minds of the Peo­ple: North Kore­an Art on Paper” opens Jan­u­ary 30, 2011, at the East-West Cen­ter Gallery and con­tin­ues through May 8.

The exhi­bi­tion fea­tures some fifty works on paper from the col­lec­tions of Nicholas Bon­ner and Abbot Ki Dae Won and is the work of co-curators Nicholas Bon­ner, Koen de Ceuster, and Michael Schus­ter in con­sul­ta­tion with Karin Lee.

An open­ing recep­tion sched­uled for 2:00 p.m. Jan­u­ary 30 will fea­ture a per­for­mance by the Hal­la Huhm Dance Stu­dio under the direc­tion of Mary Jo Fresh­ley.

Sev­er­al spe­cial pro­grams will be pre­sent­ed in con­nec­tion with the exhi­bi­tion in Feb­ru­ary, March, and April. These include:

  • Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 27, 2:00–3:00 p.m. “North Korea Today,” a talk by Edward J. Shultz, inter­im dean of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii at Manoa School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies
  • Sun­day, March 6, 2:00–3:00 p.m. “Performing Kore­an­ness: Nego­ti­at­ing the Self in the Land of the Collective,” a mul­ti­me­dia pre­sen­ta­tion by Kore­an Ammer­i­can inter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist Bil­lie Lee on her expe­ri­ence trav­el­ing in North Korea in 2008
  • Sun­day, April 3, 2:00–3:00 p.m. “Curating the Work of North Kore­an Artists,” a talk by Nicholas Bon­ner, co-curator of the exhi­bi­tion and col­lec­tor of North Kore­an art
  • Sun­day, April 17, 2:00–3:30 p.m. Film Show­ing: A State of Mind, a 2004 doc­u­men­tary film direct­ed by Daniel Gor­don and pro­duced by Nicholas Bon­ner

The East-West Cen­ter gallery is locat­ed on the ground floor of John A. Burns Hall at the cor­ner of Dole Street and East-West Road. Gallery hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sun­days. Admis­sion to the exhi­bi­tion is free. For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion, see http://arts.eastwestcenter.org.

The exhi­bi­tion is pre­sent­ed by the East-West Cen­ter Arts Progam with the coöper­a­tion of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, the UHM School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies, and the Com­mit­tee on North Korea, Wash­ing­ton, D.C.