Friday, October 30, 2009

Talismans of Protection Exhibit at Flushing Town Hall

Talismans of Protection from Choson Korea: Antique Locks, Latches and Key Charms

Saturday, October 10, 2009 - Sunday, January 31, 2010
Suggested Donation: $5

Gallery Hours: Thursdays - Sundays, 12 - 5pm

[I've been wanting to check this out!]

This exhibition features a rare collection of locks, latches and key charms, from the Choson Dynasty (1392-1910). The items reveal the richly symbolic and exquisitely decorative dimensions of traditional Korean aesthetic and craft traditions. On loan from the Lock Museum in Seoul, and shown for the first time in the United States, organized by The Korea Society and co-presented with Flushing Town Hall, the collection includes beautifully designed metal and wood objects executed in myriad shapes: dragons, turtles, butterflies, fish, bats and swallows. Although these objects served functional purposes in everyday life, such as securing gates and protecting the contents of chests and other kinds of furniture, the beauty of their design underscores the primarily symbolic nature of the protection they afforded. The key charms evolved from functional key holders into exquisitely decorated personal accessories passed from mothers to daughters.

The exhibition will be on view in New York City at two venues: The Korea Society (October 8, 2009-January 29, 2010) and Flushing Town Hall (October 10, 2009-January 31, 2010).

Check out more:
Flushing Town Hall
13735 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11354-4120
(718) 463-7700


The Korea Society
950 3 Ave
New York, NY 10022-2782
(212) 759-7525

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