Cool Sneak Peek at The Crow Collection After Dark

It’s only Tuesday, but I bet you are already making plans for this weekend. Why not  try something a little bit different from your usual Saturday night activities and  visit the Crow Collection of Asian Art in downtown Dallas. This gem is hidden in the Dallas Arts District, behind the Trammell Crow Center office building. The Crow Collection offers FREE admission, and is open Tuesdays – Thursdays (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.), Fridays – Sundays (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and closed on Mondays.

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Be among the first to see the New Vision: Ballpoint Drawings by IL LEE exhibition, and celebrate with films, tours and family activities on the eve of the Korean artist’s Dallas debut at The Crow Collection of Asian Art. On the eve of the New Vision debut, you can get an exclusive  sneak peek of the exhibition at the Crow Collection After Dark: Korean Cool IL LEE Sneak Peek on Friday, May 21, from 6 p.m. – midnight.

Friday, May 21, 2010

6 p.m. – midnight: Members Preview for New Vision: Ballpoint Drawings by IL LEE

6 – 8 p.m.| Gallery III: Be the first to see this fascinating exhibition by artist IL LEE. Mingle with the artist and enjoy a complimentary wine reception. Not a member? Become a Friend of the Crow Collection today or that evening. For details, call 214-271-4485.

Family Activities and Ice Cream Bar

6 – 8 p.m. | Trammell Crow Center Plaza

Keep cool and create Korean-inspired fans while sampling delicious ice cream flavors like green tea and red bean! Supplies limited.

Public Tour of IL LEE and Modern Twist

8:30 – 9:15 p.m. | Meet by the Visitor Services Desk

Join Kristina Hilliard, Manger of Learning Partnerships for a tour of the Crow Collection’s latest contemporary exhibitions New Vision: Ballpoint Drawings by IL LEE and Modern Twist: Bamboo Woks from the Clark Center and the Art of Motoko Maio.

9:30 – 11:45 p.m. | Trammell Crow Center Plaza

FilmAsia: The Good, The Bad, and the Weird: Enjoy an outdoor screening of The Good, The Bad, and the Weird, directed by Ji-woon Kim, an action-packed Korean neo-western telling the tale of three outlaws on the run in 1940s Manchuria. This film contains violence and adult content. Viewer discretion is advised.

Korean Beer Tasting

9:30 – 11:45 p.m. | Trammell Crow Center Plaza

Sample Korean beers while enjoying film under the stars. Supplies limited.

In the event of rain, outdoor activities may be moved inside the Museum.

Saturday, May 22, 3 p.m. | FREE

Join the  critically acclaimed, artist IL LEE and curator Jung Lee Sanders for a conversation in the new exhibition New Vision: Ballpoint Drawings by IL LEE  at  the Crow Collection of Asian Art. The exhibition marks the first Dallas museum exhibition for Il Lee, a Korean-born New York artist best known for his historically grounded, innovative work using ballpoint pen. The New Vision exhibition, housed in LinkAsia – the newly dedicated gallery for contemporary work – will include eight large-scale works and 50 small works on paper created from 1997 – 2010. The largest is a monumental and visually arresting work entitled BL-095 (2008), created exclusively with ballpoint pen on a 7-foot by 12-foot canvas.

The New Vision exhibition opens Saturday, May 22 and continues through Sunday, September 26.

Lee creates massive forms on equally large canvases and repeatedly experiments in countless smaller drawings with various backgrounds and integrations of line work and color. In exploring the language of modernism, Lee has moved through minimalistic representation of line and form to a more abstracted language of kinetics. In recent series, Lee’s massing of looping, energetic lines have given way to more angular, interrupted and urgent styles of mark making. After more than 30 years of working steadily and developing his craft, Lee has emerged as a vital force in the contemporary art world.

Critically acclaimed and widely exhibited, Il Lee’s ballpoint pen work has been the subject of a retrospective at the San Jose Museum of Art and solo exhibitions at the Queens Museum of Art and the Vilcek Foundation in New York. His work also has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of Art and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. Born in Seoul, Korea in 1952, Il Lee earned his B.F.A. in painting from Hong-Ik University in Seoul in 1976 and his M.F.A. in painting in 1982 from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Seemingly simple, a tremendous amount of effort goes into each of Lee’s pieces. His canvas works are primed with five layers of acrylic matte gel, which prevents the ink from invading the canvas and, instead, allows the ink to pool into a smooth wash on the surface, gradually obliterating some of the pen strokes. The process is slightly different for his works on paper. Untreated, the heavy white paper stock retains an impression of each pen stroke, resulting in a chiseled, dappled surface texture. Lee creates areas of pure inky blackness so intense and saturated that the color looks brushed on. Lee’s expressive, contemporary ink work can be seen to have its historical roots in the Asian traditions of sumi ink drawing and calligraphy. While these ancient brush and ink practices evolved from past centuries, Lee uses his multitudes of ballpoint pens and his approach from a modernist perspective to create works distinctly for the present day.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The Crow Collection of Asian Art is open Tuesdays – Thursdays (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.), Fridays – Sundays (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and closed on Mondays.

For more information, please go to crowcollection.org or call 214-979-6430.

About The Crow Collection

The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art is located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. The Crow Collection is a permanent set of galleries dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. LinkAsia, the newly dedicated gallery space at the Crow Collection, presents art works that provide a contemporary global path to understanding Asia through unique perspectives and mediums. The museum offers a serene setting for both quiet reflection and learning, which spans from the ancient to the contemporary.

The Crow Collection After Dark is free and open to the public. No reservations required.

For more information, please call 214-979-6430 or go to crowcollection.org.

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