Press preview for the exhibition “Do Ho Suh: Almost Home”
Thursday, March 15
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sign-in: 11 a.m.
Remarks: 11:30 a.m.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Enter at Eighth and G streets N.W.
Do Ho Suh (b. 1962) is internationally renowned for his immersive, architectural fabric sculptures that explore the global nature of contemporary identity. “Do Ho Suh: Almost Home” will transform the museum’s galleries through Suh’s captivating installations, which recreate to scale several of his former homes from around the world. Through these works, Suh investigates the nature of home and memory and the impact of migration and displacement on an individual’s sense of self. A new work depicting the artist’s childhood home in Seoul will debut in “Almost Home,” which is the first major exhibition of the artist’s work on the East Coast.
“Do Ho Suh: Almost Home” will feature a major installation of the artist’s brightly hued “Hub” sculptures—intricately detailed, hand-sewn fabric recreations of homes where Suh has lived in New York, Berlin and Seoul—along with several drawings and a series of semi-transparent replicas of household objects called “Specimens.” The Hubs comprise a series of conjoined rooms and passageways that visitors can enter and experience from the inside. Through these spaces, Suh examines how home and identity are ever-evolving concepts in today’s global society, and how culture, tradition and personal experience intersect as people construct their ideas of selfhood and origin.
The exhibition will be on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) from March 16 through Aug. 5 and is organized by Sarah Newman, The James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art. It is the latest in a series of projects at the museum that situates the art of the United States in a global context. The museum is the only venue for the exhibition. Further information about the exhibition is available in an online press release.
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