Curator of Korean Art, Sooa Im McCormick
Come to the CMA for a quick bite of art history. Every first Tuesday of each month, join curators, conservators, scholars, and other museum staff for 30-minute talks on objects currently on display in the museum galleries.
This month, celebrate Lunar New Year by learning about Korean artworks that challenged the rigid division between high- and lowbrow arts in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Such examples include Korean still-life paintings called chaekgeori (pronounced check-oh-ree), rendered in dazzling colors and replete with mass-produced utilitarian items and trendy luxuries. These polychrome folding screens, some of which are on view in the CMA exhibition Popular Art from Early Modern Korea, complemented familial festivities, reunions, and important celebrations like Lunar New Year.