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Eighteenth-century Korea is commonly characterized an “age of economic prosperity, political stability, and cultural renaissance,” but in truth, the country was only just beginning to recover from two devastating famines in 1671 and 1696.
This talk by Cleveland Art Museum Assistant Curator of Korean Art Sooa Im McCormick explores how climate changes during the Little Ice Age prompted eighteenth-century Korean rulers to exercise the politics of frugality, and eventually shaped eighteenth-century Korean visual culture and its distinctive aesthetics.
Reception to follow.
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Curator's Circle and Asian Art Association Lecture Series. Partially funded by the W.S. Jackson Fund.
Image: Sooa Im McCormick. Courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art.