MFAH Lecture: "Identity and Visual Arts: Antiquarian Korean Maps"

Identity and Visual Arts: Antiquarian Korean Maps
Kim Jeongho, Territorial Map of the Great East, 1861, woodblock-printed atlas (22 sheets), ink and color on paper, American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Whether physical or imagined, spiritual or intellectual, maps are visual tools for conveying a part of the world we inhabit. Through maps, we understand how a mapmaker views the world and wishes to convey something about that world. Maps also reveal methodological relationships between artistic and scientific approaches, aesthetics, functionality, form and content in the context of visual culture.

In this talk presented in conjunction with the exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910, Richard Pegg, author of Cartographic Traditions in East Asian Maps, examines the cartographic traditions of 19th-century Korea and, in particular, the maps of Kim Jeongho.

Event Details


12.14.14 | 2:00 pm


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


Ticket Info

Free with museum admission.