Exhibiting Likeness and Legacy in Korean Portraiture

Wednesday, September 1 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.


Curator talk by Hyonjeong Kim Han,
Department Head and Associate Curator of Kor
ean Art, Asian Art Museum

This event is free and open to the USF community and the public.

 Likeness and Legacy in Korean Portraiture

The Center for Asia Pacific Studies welcomes Hyonjeong Kim Han (Department Head and Associate Curator of Korean Art, Asian Art Museum) to discuss the major themes and behind-the-scenes stories of the special exhibition, Likeness and Legacy in Korean Portraiture (August 27 – November 28, 2021).  Highlighting the draft portraits of the Bunmu [renowned military] meritorious officials in the museum’s collection, the exhibition explores four important aspects related to the portraits of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910): (1) the process of making portraits ranging from draft portraits to finished works; (2) the philosophy and social norms associated with portrait-making during the Joseon dynasty, such as ancestor worship, Confucianism, and identities of portraits sitters; (3) the historical significances of the Bunmu officials in 1728, explaining who they are, why they were grouped together, and the story that King Yeongjo (1694-1776) bestowed the portraits to the officials, and 4) the continuous and innovative practices of traditional portraits in contemporary portraits. 

Hyonjeong Kim Han is the department head and associate curator of Korean art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. A specialist in Korean and Chinese painting, she joined the museum in 2010. During her tenure, she has organized seven major special exhibitions on Korean art including Likeness and Legacy in Korean Portraiture (2021), Couture Korea (2017–2018), Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea (2016), and In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art during the Joseon Dynasty (2013–2014).  

Han worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as an associate curator of Korean and Chinese Art and served as the acting head of the Chinese and Korean Art Department from 2006 to 2010. From 2004 to 2006, she worked as a senior researcher at the Institute of Korean Painting in Seoul and was concurrently a lecturer of Asian art history at Seoul National University. She studied East Asian art history at Seoul National University and UC Santa Barbara.

Free and open to the public. Registration required.