Do Ho Suh: Almost Home

March 16, 2018 – August 5, 2018

Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, NW)

Do Ho Suh’s immersive, dreamlike work explores the nature and meaning of home, fastening ties between personal space and shared experience. Encountering his large-scale fabric sculptures is both deeply familiar and profoundly alien as the ordinary details of everyday life dissolve into ethereality.

Do Ho Suh: Almost Home will feature a major installation of the artist’s brightly hued Hub sculptures along with a group of semi-transparent replicas of household objects called Specimens. Suh’s Hubs—finely rendered representations of thresholds and other transitional spaces from the various places he has lived—are inspired by his own history of migration. Born in Korea in 1962, Suh moved to the United States in 1991 and currently spends his time between New York, London, and Seoul. The objects he creates are an attempt to form a physical manifestation of memory and reckon with ideas of personal history, cultural traditions, and belief systems in the contemporary world.

Almost Home will transform SAAM’s galleries into an immersive passageway of conjoined rooms that visitors can experience from the inside. This presentation will be the most comprehensive of Do Ho Suh’s work ever shown on the East Coast. Organized by Sarah Newman, the James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art, the exhibition is the latest in a series of major shows at SAAM to examine the artistic contributions of global citizens such as Nam June Paik, Christo, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Rufino Tamayo whose work is entwined with the American experience.


Do Ho Suh: Almost Home is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Joanne and Richard Brodie Exhibition Endowment, the James F. Dicke Family Endowment, Barney A. Ebsworth, the Global Citizens Fund, Dorothy Tapper Goldman, the Margery and Edgar Masinter Exhibitions Fund, the Michael A. and Marilyn Logsdon Mennello Endowment, and the Share Fund.

Yellow, blue and purple polyester fabric constructed outside steel structures.

Do Ho Suh, Hub-01, Ground Floor, Union Wharf, 23 Wenlock Road, London N1 7SB, UK; Hub, Main Entrance, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA; Hub, 3rd Floor, Union Wharf, 23 Wenlock Road, London N1 7ST, UK, 2016, polyester fabric and stainless steel. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong