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Art history professor to share contemporary/traditional views from Seoul trip

Hope Childers, assistant professor of art history at Alfred University, will present “Art Old and New in Seoul, South Korea” as part of Alfred University’s Bergren Forum series. The forum will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20 and will begin at 12:10 p.m. in Powell Campus Center’s Nevins Theater. All are welcome.

Childers will talk about her trip to South Korea in May, where she explored the contemporary art scene as well as traditional Korean culture.

“Seoul is one of the world's megacities, with over 25 million people. While there I interviewed contemporary curators and artists, and attended several groundbreaking exhibitions of Korean modern art,” said Childers.

She will show slides of the range of art and cultural institutions she visited, from the grand National Museum to the modest Kimchi Museum. In addition, she was able to visit landmark Buddhist temples in the city during the run-up to the Buddha's birthday, a very festive event for many Koreans.

Childers noted she will be using the material she has gathered for her art history classes on Contemporary Asian Art.

Childers earned both her bachelor of fine arts degree and master of Arts degree in art history from Louisiana State University. She then continued her education and received a Ph.D. in art history from the University of California-Los Angeles.

She has received numerous grants and fellowships, including the McGinn Memorial Award in 2006 and the Getty Dissertation Workshop Award, given by the Getty Research Institute in 2008.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.