• Bahc Yiso, We Are Happy, 2004, mixed media, 2.3' x 137.8'.

    “Your Bright Future”

    The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    1001 Bissonnet
    November 22, 2009–February 14, 2010

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
    5905 Wilshire Boulevard
    June 28, 2000–September 20, 2009

    Curated by Sunjung Kim, Christine Starkman, and Lynn Zelevansky

    Organized by LACMA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, “Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea” features installations, sculptures, videos, computer animations, and Web-based work by artists born in South Korea between 1957 and 1972 and raised during a period of sustained political upheaval. Intended to redress what cocurator Lynn Zelevansky calls Korea’s “virtual absence from the Western imagination,” the show is accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Zelevansky, cocurator Christine Starkman, and art historian Joan Kee, as well as interviews with the artists and an informative time line of Korean art and politics from 1945 to the present.

  • Larry Johnson, Untitled (Classically Tragic Story), 1991, color photograph, 61 x 75 3/8".

    Larry Johnson

    Hammer Museum
    10899 Wilshire Boulevard
    June 21–September 6, 2009

    Curated by Russell Ferguson

    Known for his distinctively mischievous sense of humor as well as his incisive reconsideration of photography’s critical possibilities, Larry Johnson combines text, drawing, painting, graphic design, and animation within a photographic framework characterized by visual clarity, economy, and sharp focus. In Warholian fashion, Johnson often imbues his work with queer desire and dry melancholy as he mines lowbrow registers of American culture, resituating material drawn from such sources as People magazine, pulp fiction, celebrity auto-biographies, Hollywood histories, and advertisements. Sixty photographs made since 1982 feature in the Los Angeles–based artist’s first major survey exhibition in the United States, which is accompanied by a catalogue with essays by curator Russell Ferguson, Lee Edelman, and Esther Leslie, along with a reprint of a 1990 interview by David Rimanelli.