Soyoung Lee

Soyoung Lee


CCL Class of 2018


Harvard Art Museums


Landon and Lavinia Clay Chief Curator

Institution at time of Fellowship

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Cleveland Museum of Art


William Griswold, Cleveland Museum of Art

Soyoung Lee, Curator in the Department of Asian Art, has been at The Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2003. She has organized critically acclaimed international loan exhibitions including Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom (2013) and Poetry in Clay: Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art (2011), each with an accompanying catalogue. Her upcoming show, Diamond Mountains: Travel and Nostalgia in Korean Art (spring 2018) explores representations of the iconic site (in today’s North Korea) from the 18th century to today. She is also a collaborator on a special exhibition of jewelry at The Met (fall 2018). Soyoung received her Ph.D. from Columbia University with a dissertation that examined the influence of 15th-16th century Korean ceramics on major ceramic industries in Kyushu, Japan, and the subsequent Japanese reinterpretations. Her research interests include cross-cultural exchanges in East Asian Art. Soyoung served as Chair of the Metropolitan Museum’s Forum of Curators, Conservators, and Scientists in 2016-17 and is currently the Forum’s Delegate to the Board of Trustees. She is also a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Curators.

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