Public Program

Pop-Up Installation with Balloon Master HongSeok Ko

HongSeok Ko stands by a balloon sculpture of a rooster.

HongSeok Ko, blind, South Korean balloon master

  • Date: Tuesday, November 21 – Saturday, November 25, 2017
  • Time: 10am–6pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Dame Anita Roddick Tall Sculpture Barn

The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is proud to host a special, one-time pop-up installation by blind, South Korean artist HongSeok Ko Tuesday, November 21 – December 2017. Ko began losing his eyesight at the young age of 19. But before going blind, he began twisting balloons. Largely self-taught, this master balloon artist has exhibited around the Asia Pacific region, bringing joy wherever his sculptures appear. Now, he visits AVAM during the week of Thanksgiving 2017 under the generous auspices of the South Korean government. Inspired by the museum's current mega exhibition, The Great Mystery Show, Ko will build a wholly original balloon sculpture at AVAM that will be on public view through December 2017 in the museum's Dame Anita Roddick Tall Sculpture Barn. This will be Ko's first installation in the continental US.

It coincides with other Thanksgiving fun at AVAM!
Bazaart Holiday Art Market
Friday, November 24, 12pm–6pm & Saturday, November 25, 10am–6pm. Free
Browse original creations by regional artists and craftspeople offering painting, sculpture, paper crafts, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, and other work that simply defies categorization!

Weekend Walk-In: Bot Shop
Saturday, November 25, 1pm–4pm
$5 plus museum admission
Bring new life to recycled and found objects and create a reclaimed robot!