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Haverford College
Korean Arts Festival

Exhibit Hours

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays:
    9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Humanities Center, Stokes 102, Stokes Hall
    Weekend hours available during Haverford's Friends & Family Weekend
    Friday, October 29 - Sunday October 31
    1:00-4:00 p.m.

Performances

  • Wednesday, November 3rd
    Gallery Talk
    2:45-3:45 p.m. - The featured speaker: Michael Pettid, Associate Professor at Binghamton University, SUNY.
    Humanities Center, Stokes 102, Stokes Hall
  • Thursday, November 4th
    "Shamans, Ghosts and Hobgoblins amidst Korean Folk Customs"
    4:15 p.m. - A post-talk reception will be held. The featured speaker: Michael Pettid, Associate Professor at Binghamton University, SUNY.
    Humanities Center, Stokes 102, Stokes Hall

Korean Arts Festival: Gods, Demons, and Generals: Icons of Korean Shamanism

Monday, October 4 - Friday, November 19, 2010

The Korea Society of New York

A travelling exhibit from The Korea Society of New York, Gods, Demons and Generals: Icons of Korean Shamanism will be on display at Stokes 102 in Stokes Hall, Haverford College from Monday, October 4 through Friday, November 19, 2010. The eleven paintings in the exhibition represent and explore the indigenous shamanic tradition, a force that occupies the nexus of the culture and religion of Korea. These paintings were not created as art or decoration but as visual representations of the gods that a shaman honors each day in her shrine, calls upon to help her give divinations, and manifests in her own person when she performs an elaborate ritual called kut. When they appear in kut, the gods and ancestors speak through the shaman’s lips and perform through her body, chastising family members for neglect and misbehavior but also bringing promises of good fortune. The images in the paintings, like the costumes that shamans wear in kut, reveal a lively religious practice that incorporates elements of popular religion, Buddhism, and the old Confucian state, often with a dash of humor. To glimpse the world depicted in these compositions is to gain a unique perspective on Korea's ancient past and immediate present at once.

Gods, Demons and Generals: Icons of Korean Shamanism is the first substantial survey of Korean shamanism to be exhibited in the U.S. The exhibit will be open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Weekend hours will be available during Haverford’s Family Weekend, Friday, October 29-Sunday October 31 from 1-4 p.m

On Wednesday, November 3 from 2:45-3:45, Professor Michael Pettid of Binghamton University, SUNY, will lead a gallery talk in Stokes 102. And on Thursday, November 4 at 4:15pm, also in Stokes, he will present a talk entitled, "Shamans, Ghosts and Hobgoblins amidst Korean Folk Customs." The November 4th talk will be followed by a reception.

Gods, Demons and Generals: Icons of Korean Shamanism is organized and curated by The Korea Society as part of their traveling exhibition programs. It is currently traveling to colleges, universities, galleries and nonprofit institutions across America and comes to Haverford College courtesy of the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center.

Birth Spirits

Birth Spirits
Color on Paper and Fabric
37 (H) x 25 (W) inches
Early 20th Century
The Korea Society Collection

Mountain God

Mountain God
Color on Paper and Fabric
43 (H) x 31 (W) inches
Early 20th Century
The Korea Society Collection

Great Spirit Grandmother

Great Spirit Grandmother
Color on Paper and Fabric
37 (H) x 25 (W) inches
Early 20th Century
The Korea Society Collection

Guardian Spirits

Guardian Spirits
Color on Paper and Fabric
42 (H) x 63 (W) inches
Mid–20th Century
The Korea Society Collection

Dragon King

Dragon King
Color on Paper and Fabric
63 (H) x 41 (W) inches
Mid-20th Century
The Korea Society Collection