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The Arts of Korea Gallery

Arts of the Goryeo Kingdom

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Beck Building, Mezzanine
5601 Main Street Map & Directions

Presented by Charlotte Horlyck, PhD, assistant professor of Korean art and archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

This lecture explores arts of the Goryeo kingdom (918–1392), a period often referred to a “Golden Age” of Korea’s past. During this time, the production of metal wares and decorative arts—including celadon ceramics—thrived, especially in the 12th and early 13th century. This production is reflected in surviving examples of many beautiful works of art, often made for use at the royal court. With the strong emphasis placed on Buddhism, artifacts were often created for votive and ritual purposes, and the closing decades of the rule coincide with the making of elaborate Buddhist paintings and sutras.

By placing Goryeo’s cultural developments and artistic achievements within a local as well as broader East Asian context, this lecture shows how art objects were made and used over the course of the Goryeo period. Works on view in the Arts of Korea Gallery illustrate manufacturing techniques and highlight core iconography and aesthetic trends.

Charlotte Horlyck formerly curated the Korean collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has researched and written widely on Korean art and archaeology, including studies of Korean mirrors and ritual objects related to death, mourning, and the afterlife.

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Education programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; the National Museum of Korea; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Americana Foundation; An Anonymous Donor; Mr. William J. Hill; Cameron International Corporation; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.