Korean Ceramics: Not Your Usual Story

Oct 9, 2018, 4:30 pm4:30 pm
106 McCormick



Event Description

Ceramics are typically seen as the most “Korean” among the visual arts of Korea. What does that mean?  Focusing on the products of the Chosŏn (Joseon) dynasty (1392-1910), this talk highlights both the classical and the surprising or subversive, and explores the definitions of “Korean” in Korean ceramics.  Unlike its neighbors China and Japan, Chosŏn Korea did not actively participate in the Asian or global ceramic trade. Yet there are compelling examples of cross-cultural fertilization that complicates a linear narrative of Choson ceramics, especially porcelain: vessels embodying native elite Confucian tastes of purity and restraint without external influences, made only for domestic consumption. 

Dr. Lee is the Landon and Lavinia Clay Chief Curator of Harvard Art Museums.

The lecture will be followed by a reception.

  • East Asian Studies Program
  • The Tang Center for East Asian Art