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Memory and Dream Come to Life in Do Ho Suh’s Work

(LA Trend) — Do Ho Suh is one of the most distinctive creative voices in the contemporary art scene, forging works that elicit a physical manifestation of memory, exploring ideas of personal history, cultural tradition, and belief systems in modern society. He is best known for his full-size, fabric reconstructions of his previous homes in Seoul, Providence, Berlin, London, and New York, turning memories into physical pieces that touch on such issues as home, displacement, individuality, and collectivity, all conveyed through the design of domestic space.

Suh’s work, “348 West 22nd Street” (2011–15), is a recent gift to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, recreating his ground-floor residence in a New York City building. The piece was created with radiant sheets of translucent polyester, resulting in dreamlike rooms and hallways that are supported by stainless steel. The result is an immersive passageway composed of conjoined rooms that visitors can pass through, giving them an opportunity to enter the fleeting depiction of Suh’s private memories. Every aspect of the work—including the corridor, stairs, apartment, studio, and even smaller details like fixtures and appliances—are displayed in a single block of color, coalescing in a viewing experience like no other. By marrying traditional Korean sewing techniques with digital mapping tools, this labyrinthine exhibition strikes the perfect balance between the past and the present.

Born in Seoul, Korea in 1962, Do Ho Suh earned his BFA and MFA in Oriental Painting from Seoul National University, and, after fulfilling his term of mandatory service in the South Korean military, relocated to the United States to continue his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University. Suh’s sculptures are renowned for their high attention to detail and their shattering of the conventions of scale, highlighting the ways that viewers interact with public spaces. In fact, several of Suh’s sculptures encourage viewers to walk on their surfaces and engage with them in ways most works don’t.

Do Ho Suh’s pieces have been featured in major exhibitions devoted exclusively to his work at several prominent museums and galleries, including Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris (2001); Serpentine Gallery, London (2002); and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri (2002–03). In 2001, Suh represented Korea at the Venice Biennale, and a retrospective of his body of work was jointly held at the Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle Asian Art Museum in 2002.

Please note that this art installation is a 1:1 scale model replica of the artist’s former apartment in a historical 19th-century building in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, and so, its narrow doorways may not be able to accommodate most wheelchairs or walkers. However, the artwork’s exterior can still be viewed from all angles.


April 1, 2021 to May 16, 2021


5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

This exhibition is located in the Resnick Pavilion


People residing in L.A. County with Valid ID

  • Members: Free
  • After 3 pm, Mon–Fri: Free
  • Youth (12 & under): Free
  • Teens (13–17): Free      
  • Adults : $20
  • Seniors (65+ with ID): $16
  • Students (18+ with ID): $16

People residing outside L.A. County

  • Members: Free
  • After 3 pm, Mon–Fri: $25
  • Youth (12 & under): Free
  • Teens (13–17): $10
  • Adults : $25
  • Seniors (65+ with ID): $21
  • Students (18+ with ID): $21

Visit the official LACMA website for more information.

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Joe Garza | Editor

Joe Garza is an LA-based writer and musician. With a deep passion for the arts, his interests include screenwriting, reading, composing, and playing guitar and piano.

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