Jin Soo Kim

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Jin Soo Kim
Hangul 김진수
Revised Romanization Gim Jin-su
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chin-su
Birth name
Hangul 정진수
Revised Romanization Jeong Jin-su
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Chin-su

Jin Soo Kim (born 1950) is a South Korean multimedia artist known for her work exploring immigrant cultural identity and labor. She earned her bachelor's degree from Seoul National University in 1974, then an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1983. Since 1990, she has been a professor at her alma mater. Though her art was not exhibited widely in the 1980s because it differed so widely from the popular styles, she began exhibiting at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Kim then began to exhibit commercially. One of her best known works is Stratiformis, a piece of public art in Catalano Square, Milwaukee, completed in 1996. A large work that uses disassembled knitting machines, it signifies the local labor history of the area. She is also known for her Body and Shadow, which re-purposes machine made textiles into a work made by hand, representing the tension between pre-industrial Korean society and Western consumerism.

Awards and exhibitions[edit]

Kim has received several fellowships, including Illinois Arts Council Fellowships and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She has shown her work worldwide, including at the Chicago Cultural Center; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Brooklyn Museum; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Gallery Hyundai, Seoul; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, South Korea.