Byron Kim is one of the most visible and notable contemporary artists of Korean descent active in the United States. His signature monochrome works have been exhibited in prominent museums and galleries worldwide, such as the Whitney Museum, MoMA, the National Gallery in Washington D.C., Leeum Museum of Art in Seoul, and Tate Liverpool, UK. Having curated his major mid-career retrospective, Threshold: Byron Kim, 1990–2004, Eugenia Tsai will delve into the evolution of Byron Kim’s works and practice, from his beginnings in the early 1990’s through to the present day, in this lecture and detail the subtle social and political concepts that underlie his minimalist style.
Eugenie Tsai joined the Brooklyn Museum in 2007 as John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art. With Patrick Amsellem, she organized 21: Selections of Contemporary Art from the Brooklyn Museum, a long-term installation that opened in 2008.
Previously she was Director of Curatorial Affairs at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens, New York. Prior to Joining P.S. 1, in 2005, she was an independent curator with projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Berkeley Museum; and the Princeton University Art Museum. She held several positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art prior to becoming Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs. Among the exhibitions and installations she has organized are the mid-career survey Threshold: Byron Kim, 1990–2004; Robert Smithson, which received the International Association of Art Critics’ first place award for the best monographic exhibition of 2005; and for Princeton University, Shuffling the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered.
Tsai received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.