Visiting Artist Lecture: Maria Yoon
Nov 12 2013 11:30AM - 1:00PM
The Core Studies program presents a visiting artist lecture by performance artist and filmmaker Maria Yoon. Yoon will screen parts of her film, "Maria the Korean Bride," and lecture about her work. There will be a Q&A after the talk.
Yoon is a first-generation Korean American who calls herself "the voice of the unmarried Asian-American woman." Like many single women of a certain age, Maria felt a growing pressure to wed, so she took matrimony to the next level. She became "Maria the Korean Bride," a woman to get married in all 50 states. She took this challenge to explore the institution of marriage and how marriage is seen in other cultures. She quickly learned to coordinate on-the-go weddings with volunteer participants who are actual reverends, photographers and bachelors across the country. Her 50th wedding in NYC's Times Square concluded her nine-year journey. Her unique experience will make you both laugh and cry. Will she ever find true love?
Maria Yoon is a Korean-born artist who lives and works in New York City. She holds a BFA from Cooper Union. She is a recipient of the Alex Katz Tuition Award and a summer residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. "Maria the Korean Bride" has been funded in part by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NYC Cultural Affairs, Asian Women Giving Circle and Franklin Furnace, among others. Her journey across America has received significant attention from Korean and pan-Asian-American communities, as well as from institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art.
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