Draperite Yena Lee has curated the first contemporary art exhibition at the oldest house museum in New York City!
Details below. No need to RSVP.
In the House: Yukako Kondo and the Remembrance of Things Past
Dates: August 2 -17, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 1, 2013, 5 – 8 pm
Special performance begins at 6:30 pm
Contemporary art comes to New York’s oldest house. The Wyckoff House Museum hosts its first contemporary art exhibit, organized by independent curator Yena Lee. Seoul and Osaka based artist Yukako Kondo introduces her breathtaking paintings to American audiences.
The rhetoric of Kondo’s art is based on a combination of the vanitas aesthetic of seventeenth-century Dutch still life painting and the symbolism of Korean folk art. The objects captured from Kondo’s everyday experience refer to the brevity and uncertainty of life and the transient nature of all earthly goods as well as each individual’s obsession with earthly pleasures such as prosperity and longevity. The two contrasting attitudes toward life and death prompt the viewers to reflect on the meaning of one’s mortal coil: what do we fear and what do we want to achieve?
This exhibition awakens the memories of private lives lying dormant in the objects and space of the Wyckoff house. Like the petite madeleine of Marcel Proust, the riveting images breathe new life into this historic house once occupied by generations of the Dutch-American Wyckoff family. Intimate stories of a mother and child fill the rooms, summoning up remembrance of things past as told through everyday objects. Visual cues of domestic life are complemented by modern Japanese haiku poems.
Please join us for an opening reception with the artist and curator. Enjoy cocktails, snacks and tours of the house and exhibition. The evening includes a special site-specific performance by internationally renowned dancer, Mi Hee Lee.
Wyckoff House Museum
5816 Clarendon Rd.
Brooklyn, NY 11203
For questions or to RSVP for reception email Yena Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org