Case Studies:
A Survivor's Guide for Artists in New York?

Nikki S. Lee, artist, and Leslie Tonkonow, gallery director
Artist Lecture Series at Gallery Korea
Monday, November 29, 6:30-8:30 pm

Gallery Korea is proud to announce the third lecture of a new Lecture Series that brings together a distinguished Korean-American artist and a prominent art professional to address pressing issues for emerging artists. The topics to be discussed include: surviving as an artist in New York's competitive market; and the relationship between curators in profit organizations and artists. The lecture series is hosted and sponsored by the Korean Cultural Service New York and organized in collaboration with Shinyoung Chung, an art critic based in New York. Ms. Chung will also moderate the discussion.

The lecture is free. A brief reception with refreshments will follow.

Nikki S. Lee was raised and educated in Seoul, receiving a BFA in Photography from the Chung-Ang University in 1993. She arrived in the United States in 1995, initially to study fashion photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology but transferred to New York University form which she received a Masters Degree in 1999. Nikki Lee's first one person exhibition took place in the fall of 1999 at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects in New York. Since then, Lee has had thirteen one-person shows at galleries and museums and has participated in numerous group shows at major museums in the U.S., Italy, England, France, Japan, Canada, Germany and Spain including the 2000 Kwangju Biennial. Works by Nikki S. Lee are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art and many other important institutions.

Leslie Tonkonow is the owner and director of Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, a New York gallery specializing in contemporary art. Before opening her gallery in 1997, she served briefly as director of Paula Cooper Gallery in New York and, for six years prior to that, directed the New York branch of Zabriskie Gallery, where she organized one- and two-person exhibitions of important artists including Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Eugene Atget, Walker Evans and Alexander Archipenko. As an independent curator, Leslie Tonkonow has organized traveling exhibitions for museums in the U.S. and Canada and has written essays and reviews for various publications. She is currently a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, NY and has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Artists Space.

Gallery Korea is located on the sixth floor of 460 Park Avenue, at Park Avenue and 57th Street. The gallery exhibits modern works by both Korean and international artists. In addition, several shows each year are devoted to aspects of Korean culture. More information about Gallery Korea is available at the Korean Cultural Service in New York website,

The public may contact Gallery Korea at (212) 759-9550 or at

NOTE TO EDITORS: Images of the lecturers available upon request.