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Korean Cultural Center New York Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Commemorative Events Throughout 2019.

Byline: Evan Cutts

New York, NY Korean Cultural Center New York (KCCNY), a branch of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, is proud to present a series of events featuring the best of Korean performing and visual arts, cinema, and more throughout 2019 in celebration of its 40th Anniversary.

This important year also marks the 100th anniversary of theMarch 1stIndependence Movement and the establishment of the Korean Provisional Government. Many of the spring events hold this commemoration as its theme. The year also looks forward to the opening of KCCNY's new home, the New York Korea Center, in Winter 2020.

The 40th Anniversary logo was inspired by the Korean flag: the circular red and bluetaegeukmark in the center surrounded by trigrams that symbolize the elements of heaven, earth, water, and fire. Bold bands of the trigrams wind together to form the "40" and the use of the red and blue colors mirror thetaegeuk.As a whole, it embodies the spirit of harmony and movement, representing the 40 years past and the future to come.

The KCCNY was established in 1979 under the auspices of the Korea Information Services (KOCIS) with a mission to promote cultural arts exchange and stimulate interest in Korean culture in the US.

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 25th, 2019,6:00 pmKorean Film Today with Won Dong-Yeon

Join us for a talk about the state of Korean films withDong-Yeon Won, the film producer of hits such asMasquerade andAlong With the Gods.

March1 -April 26, 2019Exhibition: Looking Back at the Independence Movement of KoreaPresented as a part of Asia Week New York

In resistance against the Japanese occupation of Korea, theMarch 1stMovement and the establishment of the Korean Provisional Government marked large steps toward independence. The exhibition examines historical records and artworks that commemorate the movement.

March 15, 2019,4 pmArt Workshop: CUT IT OUT! withColleen Kong-SavageofThe Turtle ShipCo-presented with the New York Public Library

Join us for a special session ofKorean StorytimewithColleen Kong-Savage. Children will get to learn about the story of AdmiralYi Sun-Sinand his Turtle Ship through art, a great way for young readers to be introduced to Korean history.

March 28, 2019,7:30 pmReturn to Light: An Evening of Korean Art Songs

Celebrate with an evening ofgagok, Korean art songs. These stirring pieces embody the joys and sorrows of the Korean people and nostalgia for the homeland.

April 9 - 11, 2019Film Screening: 100 Years of Memory

This special screening of Korean films highlight the courageous lives of Korean independence fighters. Lineup includesAge of Shadows(2016) andMal-Mo-E: The Secret Mission(2019).

April 12 - 28, 2019SNAP: A Contemporary Mystery Performance

This ensemble of Korean illusionists mixes comedy and ingenious visual effects to conjure a magical cabaret for the whole family.

Summer 2019Kokdu: The Fantasy World Where Gugak Meets Cinema

Kokdu,a story of loss and solace that spans genres of cinema and music. DirectorTae-yong Kim(Late Autumn), Music DirectorJun-Seok Bang(Along with the Gods), and the National Gugak Center have joined forces for this heartwarming performance.

Exhibition:One Breath- Infinite Vision

One Breath- Infinite Visionexplores the relationship between man and nature, and the ephemerality of life through Korean ink paintings. The exhibition demonstrates the infinite possibilities of black ink on paper.

For more information

Feature Photo: Feature piece of the Looking Back at the Independence Movement of Korea Exhibition. (Suh Se-ok. The March 1st Independence Movement (detail). Korea, 1986. Ink and color. 776.6 x 127.2 in)

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Date:Feb 25, 2019
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