Yunhee Min’s artwork is grounded in the idea that cultural institutions create a sense of shared identity and community. While creating her artwork, Min was excited to learn about the Corita Kent collection at the UCLA Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum. Sister Corita Kent was an artist, educator, graphic designer, and former nun. Min’s art practice is rooted in abstraction, expressed through color, gesture, surface and form. Min was particularly inspired by Kent’s introspective “moments” series from 1977, feeling a strong synergy with her own practice. For the artwork design, Min is incorporating Kent’s writing, creating a dialogue between her gestural shapes and the late artist’s words, offering a dynamic, yet contemplative experience as riders move through the station.
“The goal of this artwork is to resonate with the people in their temporal and perceptual experience as they move through the Westwood/UCLA Metro Station. It is my hope that my artwork helps the Corita Kent Collection at Grunwald Center be more widely known and reach a broader audience.”
About the Artist
YUNHEE MIN (b. 1962, Seoul, South Korea) explores the vast potential of abstraction through the application of color, materials, techniques, and scale—often in innovative site-specific installations that produce a range of effects. Min earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design in 1991 and a Master of Arts in Design Studies from Harvard University in 2008. She is a recipient of the KAFA (Korea Arts Foundation of America) Award (1996), the City of LA (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship (1999), and the Guggenheim Fellowship (2022). Min’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is in the collections of the Hammer Museum at UCLA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD). She is currently a professor in the art department of the University of California, Riverside.