Media Advisory: Press preview for Do Ho Suh: Almost Home

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Courtney Rothbard
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WHAT:

Press preview for the exhibition “Do Ho Suh: Almost Home” 

WHEN:  

Thursday, March 15
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sign-in: 11 a.m.
Remarks: 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: 

Smithsonian American Art Museum 
Enter at Eighth and G streets N.W.

WHO:     

Stephanie Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director
Sarah Newman, The James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art

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

Interested media should RSVP to americanartpressoffice@si.edu. Photographers and film crews are welcome; contact the office in advance to make arrangements. Requests for one-on-one interviews may be made in advance with Courtney Rothbard by email at rothbardc@si.edu

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About the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and F streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Museum hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25). Its Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. The Renwick is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website: americanart.si.edu.

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  • Press - Do Ho Suh

    Press - Do Ho Suh

    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 armature. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong