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2019 Art All Night at the KCC

Join us at the Korean Cultural Center on Saturday, Sept. 14 as we take part in a special once-a-year, city-wide night art festival: Art All Night! 

Enjoy a live music performance by Hyuna Park & The Endorphins, a multi-cultural band based in New York City, browse our latest exhibition Newly Connected. including performance art by artist Kieun Kim, and join our K-Pop themed outdoor art activity with artist Susan Kelly: a stained-glass mosaic grouting and K-Pop watercolor painting workshop.

WHEN: Saturday, September 14, 7 pm - 12 midnight
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
HOW: No RSVP needed -- just drop by! 


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

[Live Music Performance] Hyuna Park & The Endorphins (8 pm & 9 pm)

Hyuna Park & The Endorphins will perform their unique brand of music that blends elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, and Latin music with traditional Korean percussion rhythms. The band’s members hail from South Korea, Austria, and Switzerland, and each brings their own unique cultural background and personal voice to create a one-of-a-kind listening experience for every audience. This particular showcase integrates traditional Korean Jangdan, including iconic folk rhythms such as Byuldal-geori and Gut-geori, mixed with elements of Western and diverse world music.  

Inspired by the concept of American Jazz, which features a symbiosis of African, European, and other musical influences added over time, this concert will offer a diverse mix of original compositions, arrangements of traditional Korean melodies and rhythms, as well as energetic improvisations and a joyous musical dialogue between band members. Hyuna Park & The Endorphins strives to take listeners on a musical journey, introducing the many facets of the group's collective musical language, as well as a vision of combining traditional Korean and American music. At its heart, the group shares the joy of live music by people who enjoy mutual creative collaboration.

Hyuna Park & The Endorphins

[Performance Art] Revealuxion: Be You, Be Free by artist Kieun Kim (7:30 pm & 9:30 pm)

Be You, Be Free (2019) is a self-portraiture performance series based on Kieum Kim's work Revealuxion, currently on view at the KCC. In the artist's own words: 

I envision myself through the reflection of a chrysalis — a metaphor which embodies suffering and vulnerability, as well as the patience and self-determination required for periods of intense personal growth. For the artist, the process of making and presenting Revealuxion to viewers is an exercise in revealing the genuine self.

Kieun Kim is a groundbreaking creative artist and performer. Featured in the New York Times, her work has been highly acclaimed as truly unique and innovative and she has been hailed as one of few artists today with a tremendous passion and gift for fusing artistic expression with technology. She experiments with and presents various forms of multimedia installation. Her representative project, Revealuxion, was invited to be exhibited at Artrooms Fair Roma 2019 in Rome, Italy, Superfine! Art Fair New York 2019, New York, NY, Five Continents International Film Festival (FICOCC2016) in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, School 33 Art Center 2018 in Maryland, Space in Art New York Gallery 2016, N.Y., Governors Island Art Fair 2016, N.Y. and World Maker Faire 2016, N.Y. Kim received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design in 2015. She is currently working as a New York/Baltimore-based new media artist and visual designer.

Kieun Kim

[Korean Contemporary Art Exhibition] Newly Connected. 

Three Korean-American artists (Kyoung eun Kang, Kieun Kim and Namwon Choi) express their personal emotional journeys, including the anxiety of life in a foreign environment, the hope and comfort that comes with adaptation, the process of forming new relationships, and the discovery of one’s identity as a result. Fore more on this exhibition, see the full announcement HERE

[Art Workshop & Demonstration] 
Stained-Glass Mosaic Grouting and K-Pop Watercolor Painting by artist Susan Kelly, 7pm-11pm

Join artist Susan Kelly as she demonstrates how to create her eye-popping Korean pop culture-themed stained glass works, including a chance to create your own stained glass-style watercolor portrait! Susan will discuss the process of designing stained glass patterns without losing the depicted individual’s unique characteristics and demonstrate the cutting and fitting of glass pieces. The final steps are grouting to hold it all together and finishing touches on the mosaic portraits. 

Following the demonstration, guests are welcome to join her interactive workshop and paint a portrait of your favorite K-Pop idols in watercolor, inspired by the style of Susan's stained glass works. There's no fee or registration, but come early and leave with a unique pop culture watercolor painting of your own! 

Susan Kelly is a fine artist and Korean pop music enthusiast who channels her love for K-Pop idols into creating detailed stained-glass portraits. Her 2017 master’s thesis, EXOLANSIS, explored the visual relationship between K-Pop idols and the fans that adore them, using a traditional stained-glass technique to create a new wave of modern iconography.

Susan Kelly