Scholars' Day is a one-day symposium held in conjunction with the current exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910. The exhibition—organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and National Museum of Korea—is the most comprehensive presentation of art and culture of the Joseon dynasty seen in the U.S. The symposium focuses on the functions of visual art in the Joseon period and examines specific achievements within a broader social, religious, and historical context. Featured scholars include Insoo Cho (Korea National University of Arts), Kyung Moon Hwang (University of Southern California), Burglind Jungmann (University of California, Los Angeles), and Sunglim Kim (Dartmouth College).
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Mario Garcia Torres (b. 1975, Monclova, Mexico) received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2005 and currently lives in Mexico City. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have taken place at Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2013); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010); Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2009); Kunsthalle Zürich (2008); and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2007). He has also participated in such international exhibitions as the Berlin Biennale (2014); the Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013); Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2012); the São Paulo Bienal (2010); and the Venice Biennale (2007). Garcia Torres’s exhibition at the Hammer Museum is the first solo presentation of his work in Los Angeles.
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East African vocalist and songwriter Somi's latest album The Lagos Music Salon (Sony/Okeh) is inspired by a recent 18-month creative sabbatical in Lagos, Nigeria. Somi weaves story-based lyrics with global jazz and soul to reflect on her West African sojourn, resulting in a socially-conscious and deeply poetic body of work that The New York Times hails as "both serious and seductive.”
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With its open-armed energy and elegiac grace, “AUGUSTINES” marks a colossal leap forward for Votiv/Oxcart recording group Augustines – no mean feat considering the extraordinary power of their breakthrough 2011 debut, “RISE YE SUNKEN SHIPS.” Songs like “Now You Are Free” and the plaintive “Walkabout” are both immediate and engaging, joining joyously unrestrained arrangements with singer/guitarist Billy McCarthy’s signature affective lyricism. “AUGUSTINES” marks a milestone on Augustines’ amazing journey, the work of a gifted band ascending to new heights while simultaneously grappling with their place in the universe.