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Oral history interview with Chunghi Choo

Interviewee:
Choo, Chunghi  Search this
Interviewer:
Milosch, Jane  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Cranbrook Academy of Art -- Students  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Ihwa Yŏja Taehakkyo  Search this
Museum für Kunsthandwerk Frankfurt am Main  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Penland School of Handicrafts -- Students  Search this
University of Iowa -- Faculty  Search this
University of Northern Iowa  Search this
Victoria and Albert Museum  Search this
Bush, Cody  Search this
Chateauvert, Jocelyn  Search this
Fujio, Yuho  Search this
Grotell, Maija  Search this
Kao, Ruth  Search this
Kaufman, Glen  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Lechtzin, Stanley, 1936-  Search this
Lee, Sang-Bong  Search this
Mayer-VanderMey, Sandra  Search this
McFadden, David Revere  Search this
Merkel-Hess, Mary  Search this
Park, No Soo  Search this
Raab, Rosanne  Search this
Saarinen, Loja  Search this
Smith, Paul J.  Search this
Thomas, Richard C., 1917-1988  Search this
Yeun, Kee-ho  Search this
Extent:
75 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
Korea (South) -- History -- April Revolution, 1960
Date:
2007 July 30-2008 July 26
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Chunghi Choo conducted 2007 July 30-2008 July 26, by Jane Milosch, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the artist's home, in Iowa City, Iowa.
Choo speaks of establishing the Metalsmithing and Jewelry program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City; the elaborate equipment, tools, and safety protection used in the studio; her experience teaching silent metalforming at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine; participating in international workshops and seminars in Korea; the extensive world traveling she does with her husband, Dr. Charles Read, including destinations in Scandinavia, Thailand, Austria, Italy, and South Africa, among others; the house she designed in Iowa City; her love of the city and being surrounded by treasured friends, a supportive university, and beautiful environments; an interest in creative cooking and appreciation for diverse dishes from all around the world; her childhood and young adulthood in Inchon, Korea; growing up with an appreciation for beautiful art objects and classical music; an early interest and talent in drawing; attending Ewha Women's University as generations of women in her family had previously; experiences during the Korean War and April 19 Revolution in 1961; coming to the United States in 1961 as a student; studying English, ceramics, enameling, and stone cutting for one semester at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C.; attending Cranbrook Art Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and studying metalsmithing with Richard Thomas, ceramics with Maija Grotell, and weaving with Glen Kaufman; living with Mrs. Loja Saarinen during her three and a half years at Cranbrook; teaching general craft at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Rapids from 1965-1968; pioneering the mixed-media studies with her students at UNI; accepting the challenge to build a metalsmithing and jewelry program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 1968; learning and teaching electroforming; the development of the electro-appliqué technique; extensive donor support and fundraising for the Metalsmithing and Jewelry program and its students; finding inspiration in nature, East Asian calligraphy, classical music, and travel; her long friendship with Jack Lenor Larsen and the great influence he has had on her work; being represented in major art museums and institutions world-wide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Museum fur Kunsthandwerk in Frankfurt, Germany, and many others; the joy she has when her students succeed and surpass her; and plans for future work, writing projects, and travel. Choo also speaks of the 2008 flooding of Iowa City and the state of Iowa during which her studio was severely damaged and many things were lost. Choo also recalls Park, No Soo; Lee, Sang Bong; Ruth Kao; Stanley Lechtzin; Yuho Fujio; David McFadden; Paul J. Smith; Rosanne Raab; Cody Bush; Jocelyn Chateauvert; Mary Merkel Hess; Sandra Mayer-VanderMey; Kee-ho Yeun, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Chunghi Choo (1938- ) is a Korean American educator, metalsmith, jeweler, and textile and mixed media artist based in Iowa City, Iowa. Interviewer Jane Milosch is a curator from Silver Spring, Maryland.
General:
Originally recorded 5 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 27 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 22 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Metal-workers -- Iowa -- Iowa City  Search this
Jewelers -- Iowa -- Iowa City  Search this
Textile designers -- Iowa -- Iowa City  Search this
Mixed-media artists -- Iowa -- Iowa City  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Jewelers -- Interviews  Search this
Jewelry making -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Jewelry making -- Technique  Search this
Jewelry making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Korean War, 1950-1953  Search this
Korean American art  Search this
Korean American Artists  Search this
Asian American jewelers  Search this
Asian American metal-workers  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women textile artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.choo07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91d0f3d3d-e648-47b2-9282-e395b73f635f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-choo07
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Johsel Namkung, 1989 Oct. 5-1991 Feb. 25

Interviewee:
Namkung, Johsel, 1919-2013  Search this
Interviewer:
Takami, David  Search this
Subject:
Lau, Alan Chong  Search this
Horiuchi, Paul  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Tsutakawa, George  Search this
Yang, Chao-Chen  Search this
Northwest Asian American Project  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Korean American art  Search this
Korean American artists  Search this
Asian American photographers  Search this
Theme:
Asian American  Search this
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12201
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214587
AAA_collcode_namkun89
Theme:
Asian American
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_214587
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Gala Porras-Kim, 2020 August 20

Interviewee:
Porras-Kim, Gala, 1984-  Search this
Interviewer:
Franco, Josh T., 1985-  Search this
Subject:
Pandemic Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Video recordings
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
COVID-19 (Disease)  Search this
Pandemics  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Korean American artists  Search this
Korean American art  Search this
Asian American multimedia artists  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Women  Search this
Asian American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)22015
AAA_collcode_porras20
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Women
Asian American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_22015

Oral history interview with Chunghi Choo, 2007 July 30-2008 July 26

Interviewee:
Choo, Chunghi, 1938-  Search this
Interviewer:
Milosch, Jane, 1964-  Search this
Subject:
Thomas, Richard C.  Search this
Bush, Cody  Search this
Chateauvert, Jocelyn  Search this
Kaufman, Glen  Search this
Fujio, Yuho  Search this
Grotell, Maija  Search this
McFadden, David Revere  Search this
Kao, Ruth  Search this
Lechtzin, Stanley  Search this
Lee, Sang-Bong  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Mayer-VanderMey, Sandra  Search this
Saarinen, Loja  Search this
Raab, Rosanne  Search this
Merkel-Hess, Mary  Search this
Park, No Soo  Search this
Smith, Paul J.  Search this
Yeun, Kee-ho  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
University of Iowa  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Penland School of Handicrafts  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
University of Northern Iowa  Search this
Victoria and Albert Museum  Search this
Ihwa Yŏja Taehakkyo  Search this
Museum für Kunsthandwerk Frankfurt am Main  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
Korea (South) -- History -- April Revolution, 1960
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Jewelers -- Interviews  Search this
Jewelry making -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Jewelry making -- Technique  Search this
Jewelry making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Korean War, 1950-1953  Search this
Korean American art  Search this
Korean American artists  Search this
Asian American jewelers  Search this
Asian American metal-workers  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women textile artists  Search this
Theme:
Asian American  Search this
Women  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13621
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)271722
AAA_collcode_choo07
Theme:
Asian American
Women
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_271722
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Gala Porras-Kim

Interviewee:
Porras-Kim, Gala, 1984-  Search this
Interviewer:
Franco, Josh T., 1985-  Search this
Names:
Pandemic Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
1 Item ((27 min.), digital, mp4)
11 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Video recordings
Date:
2020 August 20
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Gala Porras-Kim conducted 2020 August 20, by Josh Franco, for the Archives of American Art's Pandemic Oral History Project Porras-Kim's car in Los Angeles, California.
Biographical / Historical:
Gala Porras-Kim (1984- ) is a Colombian and Korean American multi media artist based in Los Angeles, California. Porras-Kim interrogates museological norms through drawings, sculptures, and large installations.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
This interview is open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its Oral History Program interviews available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. Quotation, reproduction and publication of the audio is governed by restrictions. If an interview has been transcribed, researchers must quote from the transcript. If an interview has not been transcribed, researchers must quote from the audio recording. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Multimedia artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
COVID-19 (Disease)  Search this
Pandemics  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Korean American Artists  Search this
Korean American art  Search this
Asian American multimedia artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.porras20
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw992870f07-9e4c-4ebd-88de-5080cc7801ae
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-porras20
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Johsel Namkung

Interviewee:
Namkung, Johsel, 1919-2013  Search this
Interviewer:
Takami, David  Search this
Lau, Alan Chong  Search this
Names:
Northwest Asian American Project  Search this
Horiuchi, Paul, 1906-  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Tsutakawa, George  Search this
Yang, Chao-Chen, 1910-1969  Search this
Extent:
74 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1989 Oct. 5-1991 Feb. 25
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Johsel Namkung conducted 1989 Oct. 5-1991 Feb. 25, by Alan Chong Lau (1989) and David Takami (1991), in Seattle, Wash., for the Archives of American Art Northwest Asian American Project. Namkung discusses his family background and the effect of living under Japanese occupation in Korea; U.S. immigration in the late 1940's; studies in music; his determination to become a photographer, early color photography, his philosophy as a photographer; and the Asian American community in Seattle. Namkung recalls Paul Horiuchi, Mark Tobey, George Tsutakawa and Chao-Chen Yang.
Biographical / Historical:
Johsel Namkung (1919- ) is a Korean American photographer based in Seattle, Washington.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 37 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Photographers -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Topic:
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Korean American art  Search this
Korean American Artists  Search this
Asian American photographers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.namkun89
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94f3e0d3e-7db3-4b55-9e92-0dd3f93f2c04
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-namkun89
Online Media:

Opening Reception for "Dreams and Reality: Korean-American Art to Celebrate 100 Years of Immigration to the U.S." (Ripley Center), 8/16/2003

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Special Events and Protocol  Search this
Container:
Box 7 of 24
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-305, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Special Events and Protocol, Event Files
See more items in:
Event Files
Event Files / Box 7
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa11-305-refidd1e2508

In search of dreams accross the Pacific : recent works by eleven Korean-American artists / curated by Ock-Kyung Lee

Title:
Recent works by eleven Korean-American artists
Author:
Howard County Center for the Arts  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2005
21st century
Topic:
Korean American art  Search this
Call number:
N6538.K67 I55 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_895047

At the crossroads : celebrating the centennial of Korean immigration to the U.S. : twenty contemporary New York artists : October 30-November 29, 2003

Title:
Twenty contemporary New York artists
Author:
Choe, Wolhee 1937-  Search this
Gallery Korea  Search this
Physical description:
53 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
New York
United States
Date:
2003
C2003
20th century
Topic:
Korean American art  Search this
Koreans--Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_897237

Green light : twenty young Korean artists in New York

Title:
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Korean Cultural Service, New York
Author:
Korean Cultural Service (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Korean Cultural Service (New York, N.Y.) Anniversaries, etc  Search this
Physical description:
49 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2004
C2004
21st century
Topic:
Korean American art  Search this
Artists  Search this
Call number:
N6538.K67 G74 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_898317

Dreams & reality : Korean American contemporary art : celebrating 100 years of Korean American immigration to the U.S

Title:
Dreams and reality
Celebrating 100 years of Korean American immigration to the U.S
Korean American contemporary art
Author:
Heartney, Eleanor 1954-  Search this
Kee, Joan  Search this
S. Dillon Ripley Center (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Physical description:
106 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
[2003]
Topic:
Korean American art  Search this
Call number:
N6538.K67 A4 2003
N6538.K67 D72 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_718124

Who's afraid of freedom : Korean-American artists in California / curated by Sarah Lee

Author:
Lee, Sarah 1950-  Search this
Newport Harbor Art Museum  Search this
Physical description:
55 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
Date:
1996
C1996
20th century
Topic:
Korean American art  Search this
Call number:
N6538.K67 L44 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_645270

Across the Pacific : contemporary Korean and Korean American art = Tʻaepʻyŏngyang ŭl kŏnnŏsŏ : onŭl ŭi Hanʼguk misul : the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York, October 15, 1993-January 9, 1994 ; the Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea, August 23-September 23, 1994 / curators Jane Farver ... [et al.] ; organized in cooperation with SEORO Korean Cultural Network, Queens, New York

Title:
Tʻaepʻyŏngyang ŭl kŏnnŏsŏ
Contemporary Korean and Korean American art
Author:
Farver, Jane  Search this
Kŭmho Misulgwan  Search this
Queens Museum of Art  Search this
SEORO Korean Cultural Network  Search this
Physical description:
102 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Korea (South)
Date:
1993
C1993
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art, Korean  Search this
Korean American art  Search this
Call number:
N6538.A83 A27 1993
N7365 .A28 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_648312

Traces and trajectories : current works by ten Korean-American artists : participating artists, Namu Cho ... [et al.], January 6-31, 2009 / [curator/producer, Komelia Hongja Okim]

Author:
Okim, Komelia Hongja 1939-  Search this
Honolulu Academy of Arts  Search this
Physical description:
[48] p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2009
21st century
Topic:
Korean American art  Search this
Call number:
N6538.K67 T73 2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_933214

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