April 4, 2011

Hyungi Hong
The (Unending) Korean War Conference
t: 917.941.7234

Exhibit of Multimedia Installations Kicks Off National Conference Examining the Korean War

WHO Art exhibit contributors including local artists and performers will be present at the April 7th opening and reception. Local contributors include Grace M. Cho, Hosu Kim, Hyun Lee, Injoo Whang, Sukjong Hong and Yul-san Liem.

WHAT Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the “Forgotten War” is a multi-media exhibit of installation and performance art, documentary film and archival photographs, and oral histories that explores memories and legacies of the Korean War. Embodying life stories of ordinary Korean Americans who experienced the war, the exhibit is a public space of remembering that breaks the silence about a tragic episode in U.S. and Korean history.

Still Present Pasts is showing in conjunction with The (Unending) Korean War Conference taking place on April 22-23, 2011. The event is cosponsored by Third World Newsreel, New York University Asian/ Pacific/ American Institute, NYU East Asian Studies and History Departments, the Korea Policy Institute and Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, with support from the New York Council for the Humanities.

WHERE The Still Present Pasts exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be on display at New York University,
on the 7th floor of 41-51 East 11th Street, New York, NY 10003.
For directions, please call NYU at 212.992.9653 or visit

WHEN The Still Present Pasts exhibit opening and reception will take place at 6:00pm on April 7, 2011. RSVP requested for the opening reception.

Note: To RSVP, please call 212.992.9653 or email
You may also RSVP online at:

The exhibit will be on display for the public from April 7 to May 13. Visitors can view the Korean War exhibit
Mondays-Fridays between the hours of 10:00am to 6:00pm.

WHY 2011 marks the 61st Anniversary of the Korean War. This deadly armed conflict took the lives of 3 million Korean civilians and 1.2 million combatants and ushered in the Cold War. The Korean War ended with an armistice agreement leaving an ongoing state of war on the Korean peninsula. Yet, most Americans remember this tragic event simply as the “Forgotten War.”

The Korean peninsula continues to face an uncertain future without any peace agreement to finally conclude the Korean War. Sadly, millions of Korean families remain separated because of the peninsula’s current division.

About The (Unending) Korean War Events
The (Unending) Korean War is from April 22-23, 2011 and includes an academic conference, art exhibit, panel discussions and a series of film screenings that examine the Korean War, and the ways in which it has reconfigured memory, political economies, knowledge and culture on both sides of the Pacific, leaving legacies of uprootedness and unending conflict. From Cold War culture to national security policies, “The Unending Korean War” will contextualize the current crisis with new scholarship, films and art. For more information and schedule:
Co-sponsors: NYU Humanities Initiative Grants-in-Aid; NYU Office of International Students & Scholars, NYU Center for Multicultural Education & Programs, Additional support is provided by the New York Council for the Humanities; the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Ford Foundation; the North Star Fund and; the Funding Exchange.