Join us for a conversation with Yeonsoo Chee, associate curator of Korean Art, focused on Korean artist Yeesookyung’s Translated Vase_2015 TVGW 3, a monumental ceramic sculpture made from fragments of traditional Goryeo celadon.
about the speaker
Yeonsoo Chee joined the Art Institute of Chicago as the first curator of Korean art in 2020. In her role at the Art Institute, she is working to grow the Korean art collection, as well as develop a broad network with other institutions, communities, and individuals who support the museum’s goal of representing the expanse of art across the Asian continent. Previously she spent over nine years as a curatorial leader of the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, southern California’s only museum dedicated to Asian art.
In 2017, Yeonsoo was recruited by the Korean government to be the curator and director of exhibitions and publicity at the National Palace Museum of Korea where she oversaw all aspects of the museum’s permanent collection galleries, special exhibitions, and education programs. Her publications include Selections from the Korean Art Collection at USC Pacific Asia Museum, The National Palace Museum of Korea in Seven Themes, Hyomyeong: Crown Prince and Patron of the Arts, and The Birth of a Royal Baby in the Joseon Dynasty. She holds a BA in English language and literature from Ewha Womans University in Korea and a BA and MA in art history from California State University Long Beach. She also teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.