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Joo Myung Duck: Sensory Space in Photography and its Conversation with Korean Abstract Painting

March 8 – April 13, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, March 15, 6-8pm
Special Asia Week Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm and open March 18 & 19

We are pleased to present Joo Myung Duck: Sensory Space in Photography.  Originally known for social documentaries in his black-and-white photographs, Korean artist Joo Myung Duck (b. 1940) developed a series of densely “black” landscapes in the 1980s and the 1990s. In 2011, at age 71, Joo explored color photography, primarily focusing on the urban locality intertwined with colors, patterns, and textures. In the series, Joo employs close-looking and erases reality through the practice of abstract art to create sensory space. The exhibition also strives to shed light on this master photographer’s relationship with Korean abstract art, particularly, the Dansaekhwa movement and its artists, investigating their shared aesthetic, methodology, and philosophy.

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Talk by Dr. Yuri Doolan
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 6:30pm

During Asia Week New York, we are pleased to host a talk by Dr. Yuri Doolan about his book ‘The First Amerasians,’ which offers a fascinating historical background behind Joo’s Mixed Names series. Dr. Doolan will tell the heartbreaking story of how Americans created and used the concept of the “Amerasian” to remove thousands of mixed-race children from their Korean mothers in US-occupied South Korea to adoptive US homes during the 1950s and 1960s. His talk will explore the Cold War ideologies undergirding this so-called rescue and show how this process of removal and placement via US refugee and adoption laws profoundly shaped the lives of mixed-race Koreans and their mothers. Dr. Doolan is an Assistant Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the inaugural chair of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Program at Brandeis University.

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