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Korea Day 2016 — 제8회 한국의 날

Asian Art Museum celebrates historic and contemporary Korean culture with 8th annual FREE Korea Day festivities

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Photo: Korea Day 2015 ©Asian Art Museum

SAN FRANCISCO, SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 — Celebrate the breadth and depth — and joy! — of Korean arts and culture during the Asian Art Museum’s 8th annual Korea Day. On Sunday, Sept. 25 from 10:30 AM to 4 PM museum admission as well as a day-long roster of programs will be FREE courtesy of Korea Foundation.

Korea Day offers a variety of performances and gallery talks, art and craft activities, and food tastings inspired by traditional Korean culture.

In addition to the museum’s extensive pan-Asian galleries, visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy a unique special exhibition of Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea featuring rare historic objects alongside large-scale contemporary installations of this time-honored technique.

A complete schedule of Korea Day follows. Programs are subject to change. For updates, please visit or call 415.581.3500.


stART tour for Kids
10:30–11 AM
All tours meet at the information desk
Asian Art Museum storytellers share myths and folktales from Korea while exploring objects in the Korean galleries. Recommended for families with children ages 3–6.

The Spirit of Korean Art Docent Tour
11:30 AM–12:15 PM and 2–2:45 PM
All tours meet at the information desk
A museum docent brings the Korean collection to life through a dynamic tour of highlights.

Art Making Activities
11 AM–4 PM
North Court
Through this hands-on activity, families can create their own designs inspired by mother-of-pearl and other objects in the museum’s Korean collection, and Korean art and culture. Activities are created and led by the museum’s Art Speak high school interns.

Artist Demonstration with Hwang Samyong and Lee Ikjong
Presentations 12–12:45 and 3:15–4 PM
Demonstration 1:15–3:15 PM
North Court
Mother-of-pearl lacquer artists Hwang Samyong and Lee Ikjong demonstrate the process of working with mother-of-pearl and lacquer using his “cutting up” technique on larger-than-life pebbles. Hwang’s whimsical artworks are featured in the special exhibition Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea.

Storytelling for Families
1–1:45 PM
All tours meet at the information desk
Asian Art Museum storytellers share myths and folktales from Korea while looking at art in the Korean galleries. Recommended for families with children of all ages.

K-Pop Lounge
1–4 PM
Resource Room
Sit back, listen to K-pop and test your knowledge of the current Korean music scene with a K-pop quiz. How well do you know your K-pop? Share your knowledge and win a prize!

Korean Traditions Transformed Feature Performance with the Wooden Fish Ensemble
2–3:30 PM
Samsung Hall
The Wooden Fish Ensemble plays the music of Hyo-shin Na, including the world premiere of a new work based on A Meadow by Czeslaw Milosz for piano solo. Program includes commentary by Hyo-shin and a short Q&A after the presentation.

About Korea Day

Korea Day is presented with generous support from Korea Foundation. Lead funding for the Asian Art Museum’s Cultural Celebrations is generously provided by Kaiser Permanente. Major funding is provided by Bank of America.

About the Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture is one of San Francisco’s premier arts institutions and home to a world-renowned collection of more than 18,000 Asian art treasures spanning 6,000 years of history. Through rich art experiences, centered on historic and contemporary artworks, the Asian Art Museum unlocks the past for visitors, bringing it to life while serving as a catalyst for new art, new creativity and new thinking.

Information: 415.581.3500 or

Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Access: The Asian Art Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information regarding access: 415.581.3598; TDD: 415.861.2035.

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