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Confucian Ideals in Korean Visual Culture

Dr. Kim will discuss pictorial themes in Korean art which illustrate the extent to which Confucian ideals and ethical codes permeated every aspect of Korean Joseon dynasty society.

“Confucian Ideals in Korean Visual Culture”

The PSU Institute for Asian Studies’ Quarterly Korean Program Series and Portland Art Museum welcome:

Dr. Kumja Paik Kim,
Curator Emerita of Korean Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
for a public lecture

“Confucian Ideals in Korean Visual Culture”

Thursday, January 23, 2014
6:00 PM  doors open
6:30 PM  Lecture begins

Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, Sunken Ballroom
1291 SW Park Ave, Portland

FREE and Open to the public

About the lecture:

Dr. Kim will discuss pictorial themes in Korean art which illustrate the extent to which Confucian ideals and ethical codes permeated every aspect of Korean Joseon dynasty society.

Korea’s last dynasty, Joseon (1392-1910), lasted over 500 years despite Mongol, Japanese, and Manchu invasions. From its beginning Joseon rulers adopted Neo-Confucianism as the dynasty’s guiding philosophy. At the core of Neo-Confucian teachings were the ethical standards and moral values commonly known as the “Three Bonds and Five Relationships” (Samgang Oryun). The virtues advocated in the “Three Bonds and Five Relationships” profoundly influenced the behaviors and attitudes of the people. Pictorial themes such as King Jeongjo’s Journey to Hwaseong (Hwaseong Neungheang-do), Scholar’s Accoutrements (Chaekgeori), and Painting of Eight Ideographs (Munja-do) will be discussed to illustrate the extent to which the Confucian ideal of ethical codes had permeated every aspect of Joseon society including its visual culture.

KumjaPaikKim_photo_0About Dr. Kumja Paik Kim –

Dr. Kumja Paik Kim was a pioneering curator of Korean art in the United State, carving out a new field at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.  Working closely with the scholarly community in Korea as well as in the U.S., Dr. Kim grew the AAM’s collection and oversaw the creation of new Korean galleries.  She organized leading exhibitions, including Hopes and Aspirations:  Decorative Painting of Korea (1998) and Kouryeo Dynasty:  Korea’s Age of Enlightenment, 918-1392 (2003), and has authored several books and articles. Kumja Paik Kim received her doctorate in Asian Art History from Stanford University in 1982 and taught at San Jose State University. In 1989 she was appointed to the position of the first Curator of Korean Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, a position which she held until 2006.

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This program is part of Portland State’s ongoing Quarterly Korea Program Series, coordinated by the Institute for Asian Studies and is made possible by the PSU Korean Studies Program Endowment  established by the late Portland-area, Korean-American businessman, Mr. Jay Lee,  with continued support from individuals, families, and corporations in our local community.  

Your tax-deductible contribution to the PSU Korean Studies Program Endowment helps ensure ongoing support for quality programs at Portland State about Korea.       [download a Donation Form >]

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