An exhibition of outstanding new work by contemporary Korean American artists has launched the Korean American Museum's new exhibition space in Los Angeles' Koreatown. "Dreams & Reality: Korean American Contemporary Art Celebrating 100 Years of Korean Immigration to the U.S." showcases recent work by leading Korean American artists, and features a special painting by world-renowned, pioneering video artist Nam June Paik. This traveling exhibit, drawn from the larger Dreams & Reality exhibit on view at the Smithsonian International Gallery from August to September 2003, is the first to open in the Korean American Museum's new special exhibition space on West 6th Street in Koreatown.
"The Korean American Museum is enthusiastic about its first collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibit will introduce Southern California audiences to the rich resources of Korean American artists, which will help promote the diversity of culture in our state," said Ki Suh Park, Chairman of the Korean American Museum.
"We are equally happy to use this exhibition to usher in a new era for the Korean American Museum," Mr. Park continued. "This is the next step in our plan to establish the museum as a permanent national cultural and historical resource for the Korean American community. We are also looking forward to opening a second exhibition space in Koreatown, this one devoted to a permanent exhibition on Korean immigration to Southern California."
"The 16 artists featured in Dreams & Reality have been carefully chosen to share their unique and unparalleled artistic style, reflecting both their Korean heritage and their modern American and global lifestyle," said Franklin S. Odo, Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program.
By traveling the exhibit, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program hopes to raise awareness for Korean American artists as well as Korean Americans in general, and build a sense of unity through the common language of art and culture.
The traveling exhibit was made possible through the generosity of Farmers Insurance.
Gallery Hours are noon - 7 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 am to 2:30 pm on Saturdays. Admission is free.
Opened October 10, 2003
American Museum Temporary Exhibition Space
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