News Release

Suki Seokyeong Kang

The first US Museum Presentation of Korean Artist Suki Seokyeong Kang Opens this Spring at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.

January 9, 2018

Opening on April 27, 2018, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (ICA) will mount the first US museum presentation of Seoul-based contemporary artist Suki Seokyeong Kang. Featuring the debut of Kang’s ambitious project, Black Mat Oriole, which presents an expanded approach to painting and an activation of space through a choreographed installation and an immersive video triptych. Bringing together sculpture, painting, textiles, and video, which draw on classical Korean traditions, the artist will create a landscape that engages viewers with the power and politics of space. Suki Seokyeong Kang is curated by Alex Klein, Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE ’60) Curator at ICA and Kate Kraczon, Laporte Associate Curator at ICA and will be on view through August 12, 2018.

“Although Suki Seokyeong Kang’s work has been shown around the world, more recently at the 2016 Gwangju Biennale, this exhibition marks her first US presentation and we’re excited to give our audiences the opportunity to engage directly with her thought- provoking exploration of space and objecthood,” said Amy Sadao, Director of ICA. “Emerging from a younger tradition of artists who have trained abroad, Suki’s work offers a new and fresh perspective that is situated within a broader international conversation, bridging her Korean roots and Western education. Through this exhibition, ICA continues to provide our visitors some of the earliest opportunities to experience the work of emerging artists as they gain momentum in the art world, and we’re honored to show the realization of Kang’s first major project Black Mat Oriole as she continues to rise in prominence and recognition.”