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CANCELLED: Lecture: Joyous Banquet of Guo Ziyi—Ceremony and Ritual in Joseon Court Painting



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Joyous Banquet of Guo Ziyi (곽분양행락도), Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), 19th century, Korea

Join painting specialist Yoonjung Seo for a discussion of the Joyous Banquet of Guo Ziyi, a folding screen from the Art Institute’s collection currently on view in Among Friends and Family.

Using this work as a jumping-off point, Yoonjung Seo examines the stylistic features, iconography, pictorial sources, symbolic meanings, and ritual contexts of this subject in the late Joseon period (1392–1910) in Korea. She discusses the process of cultural transmission and adaptation that occurred in East Asian countries and the ceremonial significance of large-scale folding screens in Joseon court art. Through comparisons of various versions of Banquet of Guo Ziyi, she presents insights into Joseon court painting style and its broader cultural influence.

This program is generously funded by the National Museum of Korea.

About the Speaker

Yoonjug Seo is an assistant professor in the Department of Art History, Myongji University, Seoul. She received her PhD in art history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and taught Korean and East Asian art at Free University, Berlin. Her research interests cover Korean art and visual culture, with particular emphasis on cultural transmission and intercultural connections reflected in Joseon court painting and the Sino-Korean relationship in early modern art.

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