Arts of Asia: Korean Festival

In partnership with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago, the Korean American Cultural Center of Michigan and the DIA’s auxiliary Friends of Asian Art, the DIA invites you to enjoy traditional and contemporary performances, view Korean folk art and more during this special weekend festival. 

Saturday, June 1

  • 12-3 p.m. Art-Making Workshops (Student Lunchroom)
    • Four Gracious Plants painting and Korean Calligraphy
  • 1-2 p.m. Minhwa | Chun-Jha Ko (Great Hall)
    • Minhwa, or "painting of the people," refers to Korean folk art produced mostly by artists without formal training for everyday use or decoration. Master Ko is a recipient of 2011 Special Selection Award from Korean newspaper Kyunghyang Shinmun. She is a Korea Traditional Culture Arts Promotion Association Invited Artist and a member of Ann Arbor's Guild of Artists & Artisans and the Korean Fine Arts Association. 
  • 1-2 p.m. Four Gentlemen/Gracious Plants | Byung Joon Kim (Great Hall)
    • Four Gentlemen/Gracious PLants is a collective term referring to four plants that have been used in Korean painting for hundreds of years, each representing a season: the plum blossom (spring), the orchid (summer), the chrysanthemum (fall), and bamboo (winter). The work of Master Kim, chairman of the board of the Korean American Cultural Center of Michigan, includes Korean traditional paintings, calligraphy and western style oil paintings.
  • 1-2 p.m. Calligraphy | Julius Gyu Cheon Hwang (Great Hall)
    • Modern Korean calligraphers use Hangul, the native Korean alphabet, forming letters in a beautiful way to express emotion. Master Hwang, chairman of the board of the Korean American Community of Metro Detroit, has been mastering his craft since his childhood and practices calligraphy at social events including at the 2018 DIA Lunar New Year celebration. 
  • 2 p.m. Samul Nori | Hansori EMU, Eastern Michigan University's Korean Traditional Band (Rivera Court)
    • Samul nori is a Korean genre of percussion music performed with four traditional instruments including hand-held and large gongs, an hourglass-shaped drum and a barrel drum.
  • 2 p.m. Popular Music | Yeoeun Yoon (Rivera Court)
    • A story honoring the last empress of Korea
  • 2 p.m. K-POP | Korisma (Rivera Court)
    • K-POP is contemporary South Korean popular music, a hybrid of pop, rock, jazz, hip hop, disco, R&B, folk, gospel, classical, and traditional Korean music. Dancers perform synchronized sharp, repetitive movements to a fusion of synthesized music.
  • 4 p.m. Korean Performing Arts Festival (Detroit Film Theatre)
    • Enjoy music and dance performances inspired by traditional and contemporary Korean culture with the Chicago Korean Dance Company and the Global Pungmul institute.
  • 7:30 p.m. Film | Hotel by the River $ (Detroit Film Theatre)
    • ​Separate stories of an elderly poet and a heartbroken young woman circle around each other, eventually becoming one, revealing the delicate hand of a master filmmaker and storyteller who combines small coincidences and nuanced revelations to create a rich, powerful meditation on family, commitment, mortality and our need for healing.

Sunday, June 2

  • 12-3 p.m. Art-Making Workshops (Student Lunchroom)
  • 1 p.m. Pungmul Nori (Rivera Court)
    • Pungmul is a Korean folk music tradition involving drumming, dancing and singing. A dynamic art form with participants in constant motion, most performances take place outside. Pungmul has its origins in the collective farming culture of rural Korea, where it was performed in celebration of holidays and community-building events. 
  • 2-3 p.m. Minhwa | Chun-Jha Ko (Great Hall)
  • 2-3 p.m. Four Gentlemen/Gracious Plants | Byung Joon Kim (Great Hall)
  • 2-3 p.m. Calligraphy | Julius Gyu Cheon Hwang (Great Hall)
  • 2 & 4:30 p.m. Film | Hotel by the River(Detroit Film Theatre)


This event is part of Arts of Asia: A Year-Long Celebration in honor of the DIA’s newly opened Robert & Katherine Jacobs Asian Wing. 

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