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Jungsil Jenny Lee

Visiting Assistant Professor, Korean Art & Visual Culture
Primary office:
231 Spencer Museum of Art

Professor Jungsil Jenny Lee specializes in Korean modern art during the Japanese colonial period. Her interests include the (dis)continuity between tradition and modernsim in Korean art during the first half of the twentieth century, and the particularity and interdependency of Korean modern/contemporary art within East Asian and global contexts.


Ph.D., Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Art History and Archeology, University of Maryland at College Park
B.A., Art Studies, Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea

Professional Experience:

2015-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
2012-2013 Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Korean Studies Institute, University of Southern California
2012 Curator. "Su Kwak: Light Journey: An Odyssey in Paint," Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, and  Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon
2011-2015 Lecturer. Asian art history & Korean art history at UCLA, CSUN, and Cal Poly Pomona

Current Research:

Professor Lee is currently working on her book, Korean Modern Art: Avant-garde Embodiment of Ku Ponung (1906-1953). She presents a modern artist, Ku Ponung, as a case study of Korean modern art, whose lifetime spanned the political, social and cultural upheavals of the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953).

Teaching Interests:

Professor Lee has previously enjoyed teaching a Korean art survey that covered Neolithic pottery to contemporary media art. While at KU, she will teach various courses such as Modern and Contemporary Korean Art, Korean Ceramics, History of Korean Painting, Korean Buddhist Art, Korean-American Art, and Women’s Art History of Korea. Each semester, she teaches an online course, HA363: Modern Korean Art and Culture. In Spring 2016, she is co-teaching a seminar on Japanese and Korean Avant-garde art with Prof. Maki Kaneko.

Courses offered:

HA 363 / EALC 331: Modern Korean Art and Culture
HA 362 / 562: Ceramics of Korea
HA 760 / 995: Seminar in Korean Art: The Avant-garde in Japanese and Korean Art



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