Chunghi Choo: Visionary; October 29, 2022-October 8, 2023

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Chunghi Choo, Untitled, 1993, blue and gold screen mesh, two blue and red wooden eggs, 12 x 15 x 15 inches, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, gift of Dr. Charles Read, 2015.034.
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Chunghi Choo, Spice Container, 2004, electroformed copper, gold leaf, and acrylic paint, museum purchase, the Charles lamson Hofman Family Fund, 2014.006.

Chunghi Choo: Visionary

October 29, 2022 – October 8, 2023

Chunghi Choo: Visionary is a celebration of the work of the titular artist, a jewelry maker and metalsmith from Incheon, South Korea. Choo’s work encompasses a variety of media but is uniformly vibrant and expressive. She imbues all her works with a great sense of movement and fluid dynamism.

Born in 1938, Chunghi Choo received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul before moving to the United States in 1961. Choo continued her studies and received her master of fine arts degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Fine Art in Bloomfield, Michigan in 1965. She is a Professor Emerita at the University of Iowa, where she taught jewelry-making and metalsmithing from 1968 to 2015. Her works have been exhibited worldwide and are found in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, Germany; the Danish Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.

This exhibition and accompanying educational programming have been made possible in part by Collins Aerospace and the GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation Donor-Advised Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.  Additional support has been provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Program Support Grant Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, members of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and contributors to the Museum’s Annual Fund.  Annual educational programming has been supported in part by Transamerica.