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Sung Hwan Kim’s Temper Clay

June 5, 2021 - July 18, 2021

The Museum of Modern Art

Sung Hwan Kim’s Temper Clay is a multimedia installation highlighting a single-channel video work from MoMA’s collection, on view for the first time at the Museum in the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio. Over the past two decade, New York–based artist Sung Hwan Kim (Korean, born 1975) has been producing lyrical multimedia installations and performances that merge the mythological and the everyday. Originally commissioned in 2012 for the inauguration of the Tanks, Tate Modern’s space for live art, performance, and film, Temper Clay (2012) illustrates the artist’s distinctive way of intertwining video, music, storytelling, and sculpture within the space of the gallery. For this presentation in the Kravis Studio, Kim expands the single-channel video through a bespoke installation of drawings and objects created specifically for MoMA.

The exhibition in the Kravis Studio expands upon the single-channel video through an installation of drawings and objects created specifically for MoMA, such as metal ellipses and a wooden bench. The installation environment connects with the video’s fictional world inside the gallery space. Throughout the film and the installation, we see objects used outside of their intended functions and reinserted into different contexts, questioning their original roles. This approach to objects is one Kim shares with his friend and former professor Joan Jonas, whose work Mirage (1976/1994/2005) is on view nearby in the fourth-floor collection galleries. The exhibition’s soundtrack is developed with Kim’s frequent collaborator David Michael DiGregorio, the musician known as dogr.

Sung Hwan Kim’s Temper Clay is organized by Ana Janevski, Curator, and Martha Joseph, Assistant Curator, Department of Media and Performance.

 

The exhibition is presented as part of The Hyundai Card Performance Series.

Major support is provided by the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowed Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions.

Generous funding is provided by the Lonti Ebers Endowment for Performance and the Sarah Arison Endowment Fund for Performance.

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Still from Sung Hwan Kim. Temper Clay. 2012. Video (black and white and color, sound), 23:41 min. The Museum of Modern Art. Fund for the Twenty-First Century

Still from Sung Hwan Kim. Temper Clay. 2012. Video (black and white and color, sound), 23:41 min. The Museum of Modern Art. Fund for the Twenty-First Century

Still from Sung Hwan Kim. Temper Clay. 2012. Video (black and white and color, sound), 23:41 min. The Museum of Modern Art. Fund for the Twenty-First Century

Still from Sung Hwan Kim. Temper Clay. 2012. Video (black and white and color, sound), 23:41 min. The Museum of Modern Art. Fund for the Twenty-First Century

Installation view of Sung Hwan Kim’s Temper Clay, June 5, 2021–July 18, 2021 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Digital Image © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo by Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Sung Hwan Kim’s Temper Clay, June 5, 2021–July 18, 2021 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Digital Image © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo by Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Sung Hwan Kim’s Temper Clay, June 5, 2021–July 18, 2021 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Digital Image © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo by Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Sung Hwan Kim’s Temper Clay, June 5, 2021–July 18, 2021 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Digital Image © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo by Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Sung Hwan Kim’s Temper Clay, June 5, 2021–July 18, 2021 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Digital Image © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo by Robert Gerhardt

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