Jonathan Wolfe's Column, Metro Section, New York Times, October 19, 2017

New Yorkers can see the work of North Korean artists this week.

The exhibition, “Commodity and Ideology, Part II,” recently opened at the Church Center for the United Nations in Midtown Manhattan and features photographs from North Korean, South Korean and Chinese artists.
The project began this summer when the Korea Art Forum invited three North Korean artists — Song-Gwang Hong, Myong-Un Kim and Ryong Kim — to the United States.
The U.S. visas for the artists, who were staying in Beijing at the time, never arrived, said Doug Hostetter, the director of the Mennonite Central Committee’s Unites Nations Office, which co-sponsored the event as a way to support peace-building through the arts.
So the forum made the best of the situation and asked the three North Koreans to take photographs of cityscapes and museums in Beijing. They also asked a South Korean artist, Zaun Lee, to shoot similar spaces in London and Athens and a Chinese artist, Shen Yang, to snap the same in New York.
“The North Koreans were very interested in children, monuments, and statues of powerful people,” Mr. Hostetter said.
The Chinese and South Korean artists expressed broader interests, Mr. Hostetter added. “They were more interested in architecture and ordinary people in the street.”
For last Thursday’s opening, diplomats from North Korea, South Korea and the United States were invited to attend.
To Mr. Hostetter’s surprise, representatives from both North and South Korea made appearances.
“But they declined our offer to introduce them to each other,” he said.
Still, Mr. Hostetter said, he has hope that the two sides will eventually meet.
“We’ll be trying again at the closing.”
The free exhibition is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends. 

COMMODITY & IDEOLOGY, PART II, Church Center for the United Nations | NYC, Oct 2017

OCT 12 – OCT 21, 2017
Opening Reception
Thursday, October 12 from 6 – 8 pm

The Church Center for the United Nations
777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017
October 12 through October 21, 2017


Commodity & Ideology, Part 1, Queens College, Klapper Art Gallery, June 2017

On view June 1–June 30, 2017
Klapper Hall Art Gallery

Conversation: June 3, 4–6 pm
Opening Reception: June 3, 6–8 pm

Klapper Hall, 4th Fl.
Queens College, City University of New York
65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367

AHL FORUM, May 17th 6:30-8:00PM @ DAVID & SCHWEITZER Gallery

Presenting Artists:
Zaun Lee / Christina Ko / Chanhee Choi / June Kim

Guest Critics:
Michael David (Curator, artist, and co-owner of David&Schweitzer Contemporary) 
Krista Saunders Scenna (Co-founder and director of Ground Floor Gallery)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6:30 - 8 pm
56 Bogart Street, Main floor, Brooklyn, NY 11206

MINY 2017, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York

Mar 24, 2017 - May 21, 2017
Made in NY is an annual exhibit at the Schweinfurth Art Center located in Auburn, New York that features work by New York artists. 
link : exhibition view

Borderless: In Perspective, New York Foundation for the Arts, Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin, Germany, December 2016

Location: Lite-Haus Galerie, Mareschstr. 4, Berlin 12055, Germany
Exhibition dates: December 3 - 17, 2016
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM; Saturday, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM (all times are Berlin local time)
Opening reception: Saturday, December 3, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Closing reception: Saturday, December 17, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM 

performance : HANG OUT

October 2016
Performance collaboration with Sudden Theater Group, Seoul, KR
@ Under Construction solo exhibit 
creation + featuring : zaun lee & sudden theater group


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