Lectures & Special Events   


-Curator's Circle and Asian Art Association Lecture Series-

Monday, May 14, 2018, 6:30pm

The Little Ice Age and Korean Art


Eighteenth-century Korea is commonly characterized as an "age of economic prosperity, political stability, and cultural renaissance," but in truth, the country was only just beginning to recover from two devastating famines in 1671 and 1696. This talk with Cleveland Art Museum Assistant Curator of Korean Art, Sooa Im McCormick explores how climate changes during the Little Ice Age prompted 18th-century Korean rulers to exercise the politics of frugality, and eventually shaped 18th-century Korean visual culture and its distinctive aesthetics. Reception following.

Sooa Im McCormick is responsible for the research, interpretation and presentation of Korean art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her specialty includes Korean art and architecture from 1600s to present and artistic interactions among modern East Asian states. McCormick holds a PhD from the University of Kansas, an MA in art history from Rutgers, and has completed coursework in art history at Hongik University, Seoul. McCormick was the recipient of a Graduate Studies Fellowship from the Korean Foundation and a Fellowship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan. Prior to joining the Cleveland Museum of Art staff, she was a visiting professor at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and participated in numerous translation projects with the National Museum of Korea and the National Palace Museum.
When: 6:30pm, May 14, 2018
Location: Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building - Lower Level, Denver Art Museum


RSVP requested: Call 720-913-0130, stop by the ticketing desk in the museum, or reserve online. Create an account, or sign in with your DAM member number to finish the reservation.

Free admission.

Phone number/email for details: 720-913-0040  blittle@denverartmuseum.org

Image above: Sooa Im McCormick. Courtesy Cleveland Museum of Art website.