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March 5–June 9, 2013 at the Getty Center


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The Many Identities of Peter Paul Rubens's Man in Korean Costume: New Perspectives on Old Interpretations
Stephanie Schrader, associate curator of Drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and organizer of the exhibition Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia, surveys and critiques various identities ascribed to the drawing of a man in Korean costume by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, focusing on the contexts of art, religion, trade, and politics.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Crossing Borders, Drawing Boundaries: Contextualizing Rubens's Man in Korean Costume
Art historians, historians, and political scientists explore early encounters between Europeans and Asians in the fields of art, religion, and commerce. Using the Museum's compelling drawing of a man in a Korean costume by the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens as their starting point, participating scholars address the inevitable misunderstandings that arose and the cultural translations that occurred when borders were crossed in the early modern period. Symposium fee $10.

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Friday, March 15, 2013
9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall


Hanbok: Mesmerizing Beauty
Witness the rich and colorful history of hanbok, a form of traditional dress in Korea, in this fashion show featuring 200 costumes by renowned designer Hyun-sook Lee. Inspired by Lee's extensive research on historical royal garments, this journey through the culture of Korea also includes dynamic performances by professional dancers and the thrilling sounds of traditional Korean percussion ensemble U-So. Tickets $25.

Copresented with the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

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Friday, March 22, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Family Activity

Family Festival
Experience Korean culture in this family festival inspired by the exhibition Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia. Master choreographers Kim Eung Hwa, Kwan Gyu Lim, and Don Kim present their world-class dance companies. Make your own charm, propeller, or Korean headdress at the interactive workshops led by the Paper Culture Foundation. Free; no reservations required.

Saturday, April 13, 2013
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Museum Courtyard

Self-Portrait / Yun Du-seo

Artist-at-Work Demonstrations

Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Korean Costume and Textiles
Join Korean scholars and designers to explore the origins and influences of traditional clothing, accessories, and textiles from Korea, focusing on dress from the Joseon Dynasty. Discover the beauty and complexity of the Hanbok and other garments. This is a free, drop-in program.

Program supported by the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

All demonstrations take place in the Museum Lecture Hall.
Traditional Korean Textiles: The Making and Meaning of Color and Pattern
Presented by Hwang Oak Soh
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

The Traditional Hanbok and Cheollik: Dress and Accessories in High Society
Presented by Sung-Sil Park
Thursday, May 9, 2013, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 12, 2013, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

The History and Philosophy of Korean Costume: Design, Structure, Rank, and Fashion
Presented by Minjee Kim
Thursday, May 16, 2013. 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 2013. 1:00–3:00 p.m.

The Queen's Attire: Ceremonial Dress in the Joseon Dynasty
Presented by Hyo Soon Cho
Thursday, June 6, 2013. 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 9, 2013. 1:00–3:00 p.m.
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Curator's Gallery Talks

Stephanie Schrader, associate curator of drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition.

Tuesdays, March 19 and April 16, 2013, 2:30 p.m.
Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Jessie Park, curatorial research consultant, leads a gallery talk in Korean on the exhibition.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 2:30 p.m.