Jiha Moon: Stars Down to Earth

Jiha Moon: Stars Down to Earth

The James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center

Jiha Moon, Uncanny Peony, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Mary Ryan Gallery, NY.
August 29, 2012
Jiha Moon: Stars Down to Earth

August 29–October 17, 2012
Artist walk-through: September 5, 5:30pm
Opening: September 5, 6pm

The James Gallery
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 36th Streets
New York, NY 10016
Hours: Tue–Thu 12–7pm, Fri–Sat 12–6pm


Curator: Katherine Carl

How do we understand the meaning of icons that are culturally specific when today information flows to the point of saturation as it moves between nearly every spot on the globe? Artist Jiha Moon shares bits of culturally-specific popular imagery amidst fields of exuberant abstraction in both large and small-scale paintings, drawings, and prints. Often executed with unconventional materials including collages of embroidery, silk, and mylar, or traditional handmade Mulberry paper, her investigation of line is fluid and complex. She consistently uses methods of handwork as well as imagery adopted from women’s crafts and folk imagery from the United States and Korea. She inserts popular symbols deliberately and playfully to question western and eastern culture’s relation to nature, landscape and man-made advertising imagery as well as commonly-held belief systems of blessings and fortunes.

Jiha Moon has had residencies at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, MacDowell Colony, Headlands, and Art Omi. Her work was included in the major survey of contemporary Asian American Art One Way or Another at the Asia Society in 2006. Moon’s work is in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Asia Society, and the Museum of Women in the Arts. She was born in South Korea and lives and works in Atlanta. www.jihamoon.com

Related Fall Events
All programs are free and open to the public.
All events will take place in the James Gallery unless otherwise noted.

Wed Sept 19, 6:30pm
Panel: Legibility in Contemporary Abstraction
Tracey Bashkoff, Collections and Exhibitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Lisa Corinne Davis, Hunter College, CUNY; and others.

Fri Sep 28 and Sat Sep 29, 12–6pm
Workshop: OccupyData
Christo de Klerk, Media Studies, New School for Social Research; Chris Alen Sula, Information & Library Science, Pratt Institute; Suzanne Tamang, Computer Science, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Wed Oct 3 and Wed Nov 7, 2pm
Workshop: City as Living Laboratory
Mary Miss Studio; David Chapin and Cindi Katz, Environmental Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Co-Sponsored by Environmental Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY and Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory (MM/CaLL)

Wed Oct 10, 6:30pm
Conversation: The Essay Film
Nora Alter, Film and Media Studies, Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Hito Steyerl, artist.
Co-sponsored by OS.XXI: Art History and the Digital Turn Seminar in the Humanities

Thu Oct 11, 6:30pm
Conversation: Warhol’s Orbit: Three Writers, Thirty Years
Wayne Koestenbaum, writer; John Yau, writer; Megan Volpert, writer.

Wed Oct 17, 7pm
Curator’s Perspective
Chus Martinez, Head of Department, Core Agent Group, dOCUMENTA (13).
Co-sponsored by Independent Curators International

Fri Oct 19, 7pm
Reading & Conversation: An Evening of Confessional Poetry
Trisha Low, poet; Vanessa Place, poet.

The Amie and Tony James Gallery catalyzes research and knowledge production in contemporary art and joins the Center for the Humanities’ mission to create dialogue across disciplines. Located in midtown Manhattan at the nexus of the academy, contemporary art, and the city, the James Gallery brings a range of pertinent discourses into the exhibition space through a number of innovative formats. While some exhibitions will remain on view for extended contemplation, other activities, such as performances, workshops, reading groups, roundtable discussions, salons, and screenings will have a short duration. As a space for interdisciplinary artistic and discursive activities, the gallery works with scholars, students, artists and the public to explore working methods that may lie outside usual disciplinary practices.

The Center for Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, was founded in 1993 as a forum for people who take ideas seriously inside and outside the academy. Through its public programs, seminars, conferences, publications and exhibitions, the Center puts CUNY students and faculty from various disciplines into dialogue with each other as well as with prominent journalists, artists and civic leaders to promote the humanities and foster intellectual community across the city.

For more information contact Jennifer Wilkinson: T 212 817 2020 / [email protected]

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