September 27, 2021

GREAT LIVES: I.M. Pei created a modernist geometric language for his iconic buildings (The Free Lance-Star)

Kim Pens Editorial on Architect I.M. Pei for ‘Great Lives’ Lecture

I.M. Pei

I.M. Pei

Assistant Professor of Art History Suzie Kim wrote an editorial on iconic architect I.M. Pei in advance of her lecture this evening, at 7:30 p.m. All Great Lives lectures can be accessed via Zoom at umw.edu/greatlives/.

CHINESE-born American architect I.M. Pei (leoh Ming Pei, 1917–2019) was one of the most acclaimed architects of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Two years ago, on May 16, 2019, Pei passed away at the age of 102. In its obituary, the New York Times named him as the “Master Architect Whose Buildings Dazzled the World.”

Pei understood how to convey the relationship between human and nature, modern and postmodern, and the old and new in his modern designs. Read more.

Kim Featured in Korea Daily Article about Book on Artist Park Dae-sung

Assistant Professor of Art History Suzie Kim

Assistant Professor of Art History Suzie Kim

Assistant Professor of Art History Suzie Kim was featured in an article in Korea Daily about her participation in a book with five other authors about the work of artist Park Dae-sung.

Professor Kim Soo-ji, who is conducting interviews and data collection for the recent visit to Korea for writing, said, “There has been an introduction to Korean painting exhibitions and Korean art, but it was produced mainly in catalogs.” She expressed his expectation that it will have the meaning of providing data necessary for research on Korean painting abroad.”

Kim also appeared in an article in Yonhap News, “Book on Korean art master of traditional painting to be released in the U.S. this year.”

Marginalized Histories of Korean Women Opens in Ridderhof Martin Gallery Oct. 24

The Department of Art and Art History and UMW Galleries present the opening exhibition of Marginalized Histories of Korean Women Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5-7 p.m. in Ridderhof Martin Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Suzie Kim, Assistant Professor of Art History, and features the work of Youngjoo Cho, Dohee Kim, Sumita Kim, and Wonju Seo. The Marginalized History of Korean Women symposium will be held the following day, Oct. 25. Please see the UMW Marginalized Histories of Korean Women Exhibition and Symposium Flyer for more information.

Entwined within the recent political history of Korea—Japanese colonial period (1910–45), liberation from it, the division of the Korean peninsula into north and south at the end of World War II, the Korean War (1950–53), the New Village Movement by the former president Park Chung Hee in the 1970s, the Gwangju Uprising (1980), and the democratization of the south in the 1980s—are Korean women whose histories have been often ignored or marginalized for contradicting conventional values of marriage and family, and the messages of political regimes. It is possible to expose the silenced histories of women in a society with deep roots in traditional Confucian ethics if we follow Chandra Talpade Mohanty’s vision of decolonizing feminism and acknowledge the complexities that characterize the lives of women in countries other than the West. The focus of the exhibition will be on accounts of Korean women in daily life, in fluid historical conjunctions, and in latent opposition to collectivism.

This exhibition presents four contemporary Korean artists, Youngjoo Cho, Dohee Kim, Sumita Kim, and Wonju Seo. Their art epitomizes the intersection of personal and collective histories of Korean women, and illustrates contemporaneous conversations against militarism, patriarchy, and nationalism.