A Korean-American global new media artist, scholar, and educator
Full-time Professor, Maryland Institute College of Art
Monday, October 23, 2017
Furman Hall Room 310
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
Mina Cheon (PhD, MFA) is a Korean-American global new media artist, scholar, and educator who divides her time between Korea and the United States. Cheon has exhibited her political pop art known as “Polipop” internationally and draws inspiration from global media and popular culture to produce work that intersects politics and pop art in evocative ways. In particular, Cheon has worked on North Korean awareness and global peace projects since 2004 and appeared to the world as a North Korean artist KIM IL SOON since 2013. While she creates work that range in medium from new media, video, installation, performance, and public projects to traditional media of painting and sculptures, the content of the work is in historic alignment to appropriation art and global activism art. She has exhibited her work and/or in the collection of the Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul Olympic Museum, American University Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Art Place Contemporary Art Center, Insa Art Space Korean Arts Council, C.Grimaldis Gallery, Lance Fung Gallery, Trunk Gallery, and represented by Ethan Cohen Gallery. Cheon is the writer of Shamanism + Cyberspace (Atropos Press, Dresden and New York, 2009), contributor for ArtUS, Wolgan Misool, New York Arts Magazine, and Artist Organized Art, and currently on the Board of Directors of the New Media Caucus of the College Art Association, as well as an Associate Editor of the academic journal Media-N. She is also a Full-time Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). UMMA : MASS GAMES – Motherly Love North Korea, the latest solo exhibition by Mina Cheon, curated by Nadim Samman, is currently on view at the Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York.