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  • Namhi Kim WagnerPlayful Mastery, Traditional Roots

    Exhibition on view March 11 - April 28, 2024 Reception: March 15, 5-7pm, free and open to the public; RSVP requested Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard 224 Western Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134 Namhi Kim Wagner (1923-2023) was a passionate ceramic artist who enhanced the Boston arts scene with her creative energy and bold, modern expressions inspired by the rich history of Korean ceramics. Born in Korea, raised in Japan, and returning to Korea before emigrating to the United States, she taught Korean Language at Harvard University from 1964-1995, becoming the first director of its Korean Language Program. The “Namhi Kim Wagner Korean Language Prize” was established in 2022 to honor her legacy. Often teaching all day and staying up all night to perfect her craft, she connected to her origins by mastering Korean traditional ceramic techniques, most notably the slip decoration and sgraffiti of 15-16th century Buncheong ware. “In the process of experimentation, practice, and studying Korean ceramics history, I was so happy to find myself - where I came from and where I was heading. Each stamp and each incision I make on my pots feels like a step closer to these roots and my destiny.” — Namhi Kim Wagner Nancy Selvage, artist and former director of the Ceramics Program – Office for the Arts at Harvard, writes: “Among her numerous bodies of work are delicate plates with vibrant stamped patterns, swelling jars encircled with floral carving, and large bowls overflowing with big happy fish and lotuses. Dynamic tension and harmonic unity characterize the relationships between her refined forms and masterful surface decorations. In the mid 70's, most American ceramists in the Boston area knew something about Chinese and Japanese ceramics, but they knew very little about Korean ceramics. Namhi Kim Wagner changed that. For the next forty years she was very active and effective as a spokeswoman and as an entertaining teacher of Korean ceramic techniques. She gave many presentations to a variety of different audiences in major museums and studios in the Boston area. As an artist-in-residence at the Harvard Ceramics Program, she inspired the large group of students and staff with her expertise, dedication, and passion.” —Nancy Selvage Namhi Kim Wagner has exhibited internationally and her work is in the collections of the Harvard Art Museums and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. This memorial exhibition presents a wide range of ceramics from her prolific career. Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm and by appointment during exhibition dates at 224 Western Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134. All are welcome to attend a free reception on Friday, March 15 from 5-7pm; RSVP is requested. Visit our website for updated hours and complete details. About The Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard Known internationally for its leadership in the field, the Ceramics Program provides a creative learning environment for a dynamic mix of students and professionals from Harvard University, greater Boston and international communities. Gallery 224, the program’s exhibition space, showcases the work of emerging and established ceramic artists, academic collaborations, and the talent within our studio community. All programming in Gallery 224 is led by Ceramics Program Director Kathy King. For more information about current and upcoming exhibitions, classes and other programming at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, please visit: or call the main office at 617-495-8680. Gallery 224 | Office for the Arts at Harvard

  • Kaleidoscope: Changing as We Change

    The Umbrella Academy in Concord February 28 - March 20 For 2024, we're delighted to welcome you back to our studios and beautifully renovated galleries! The Umbrella Arts Center is home to more than 60 working artists skilled in a variety of fine and applied arts including ceramics, glass, fiber arts, jewelry making, illustration, mixed-media, painting, photography, printmaking, illustration, sculpture, woodworking, writing and more. Since the organization's founding Studio Artists have been at the heart of making this facility a community asset and wellspring of creative activity. Our annual Open Studios is an incredible opportunity to meet our artists, learn about their process, and share in celebrating their work. FEATURING Kaleidoscope: Changing as We Change exhibition in the Allie Kussin Main Gallery February 28 - March 20 New Work by Umbrella Studio Artists, inspired by the poem Kaleidoscope by fellow Studio Artist Max Payne Kaleidoscope;changing as we change;rearranging colors;dark and light;as patterns disappear then reappear in different formsin the spiral game of light;changing as we change;the patterns of our lives,our art refinedin the kaleidoscopeof time.            —Max Payne

  • Hallyu! The Korean Wave: March 24–July 28, 2024

    The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston From tradition to trendsetting Today, South Korea is a cultural superpower—a global trendsetter producing award-winning films like Parasite, riveting dramas like Squid Game, and chart-topping music by K-pop groups such as BTS and BLACKPINK. But behind the country’s meteoric rise to the world stage—a phenomenon known as the Korean Wave, or hallyu—is the story of remarkable resilience and innovation. Just a century ago, Korea was in search of a new national identity, following its occupation by Japan and the Korean War. Harnessing cutting-edge technology, the country has rapidly transformed its economy and international reputation. At the same time, its creative outputs are deeply rooted in its past, with many contemporary artists, filmmakers, musicians, and fashion designers paying tribute to traditional values and art forms dating back to Korea’s dynastic kingdom days. “Hallyu! The Korean Wave” features approximately 250 objects—costumes, props, photographs, videos, pop culture ephemera, and contemporary works. Among the highlights are outfits worn by different generations of K-pop idols, dresses by couture designer Park Sohee and Next in Fashion winner Minju Kim, a large-scale needlework designed by South Korean artist Kyungah Ham and made by anonymous embroiderers from North Korea, and pieces exploring the Korean American experience by Timothy Hyunsoo Lee and Julia Kwon. Additionally, the exhibition showcases objects from the MFA’s own renowned collection of Korean art, from examples of the iconic moon jar and hanbok to an elaborately decorated gilt bronze case for sutras, the sacred Buddhist texts. Join us on an immersive and multisensory journey through a fascinating history, and celebrate a vibrant creative force that bridges cultural, societal, and linguistic divides and continues to reach new heights today.

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