Artland: An Installation by Do Ho Suh and Children
January 27–May 5, 2024
Education Center, 1st Floor
Enter an enchanting world of color and clay, Spocky Trees and Slimes. Artland is a fantastical ecosystem dreamed up in 2016 by artist Do Ho Suh (born Seoul, South Korea, 1962) and his two young daughters. This ever-growing and evolving series of islands is inhabited by characters and landscapes sculpted from nontoxic clay. There is no government or monarchy (though Slimes are known to have board meetings); buses look like floating rings and have no drivers. On Artland, most things are gender neutral—anyone and everyone can express themselves however they please.
As Artland circles the globe, from London to Seoul to Brooklyn, visitors are invited to add to its diverse species of plants and creatures and help imagine the possibilities of an alternate world. With these contributions, Artland has become an expanding platform that celebrates the creativity of a child’s mind.
Artland: An Installation by Do Ho Suh and Children inaugurates a dedicated gallery space within the Museum’s newly renovated Toby Devan Lewis Education Center. Find out more about the center, which allows us to offer expanded access to programs and presentations that highlight our ongoing commitment to arts education and community engagement.
Artland: An Installation by Do Ho Suh and Children is open for public viewing during regular Museum hours (Wednesday–Sunday, 11 am–6 pm). To contribute to Artland, see “Upcoming Events” below. The installation uses nontoxic air-drying clay. Review allergy information:
This installation is organized by Adjoa Jones de Almeida, Deputy Director for Learning and Social Impact; Sharon Matt Atkins, Deputy Director for Art; and Shamilia McBean Tocruray, Director of Education, with assistance from Jennie Tang, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of Art and the Director of Curatorial Affairs.
Special thanks to the Buk-Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), especially Jaeim Joung, Curator; Dahyun Ko, Coordinator; Kiyoung Peik, Managing Director; Jooyoung Seo, Head of Curatorial Team; and Hanna L. Yoo, Curator.
Generous support is provided by Jane Hait and Justin Beal.