Coloring Time—An Exhibition from the Archive of Korean-American Artists, 1955–1989: Part One

April 10 – May 17, 2013

Gallery Korea of the Korean Cultural Service NY

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 10, 6-8PM


Through the partnership with the AHL Foundation’s project, “Archive of Korean-American Artists (AKAA),” the archival exhibition at Gallery Korea presents the foundation and history of nearly 30 Korean-American artists active in New York from the early 1950s to the 1990s. This monumental exhibition, organizes the activities and achievements of first generation of Korean-American artists, their artwork, along with documented materials and records, photographs, drawings, and sketches of these artists’ early works. This archival material has been classified by theme to illustrate the creative journey these Korean contemporary artists underwent upon being transplanted to the United States. 

Korean-American artists Whanki Kim (d. 1974), John Pai, and Po Kim began relocating to New York in the 1960s; in addition, a large number of artists arrived to study at various MFA programs during the 1980s. While the works of some artists have garnered some renown, proper acknowledgements of their accomplishments have never been given attention until now. 

Dr. Kyunghee Pyun of the AHL Foundation and Hee Sung Cho of the Korean Cultural Service are the curators, and Dr. Soojung Hyun is the chief researcher for this project.

Miro Yoon