Byron Kim: The Sunday Paintings

September 13, 2019January 5, 2020

Every Sunday for the past eighteen years, Byron Kim has taken the time to look upward and capture a portrait of the sky onto a fourteen-by-fourteen-inch canvas. The ongoing series—aptly titled Sunday Paintings—captures the ever-changing colors of our shared sky while simultaneously operating as a record of Kim’s life. In addition to soft washes of color—vibrant blue, stormy gray, wispy white—each painting contains a short rumination on the day or week, which Kim writes directly onto the surface of the canvas, alongside the specific time and place where the painting was created. moCa’s exhibition The Sunday Paintings begins with the Sunday before our Farshid Moussavi building opened to the public (October 7, 2012), and takes us through to the present day. Reflecting on everything from his personal state of mind to his feelings around world events, Kim’s ritual asks us to take a moment and reflect on what constitutes a life lived, while poignantly showing us the poetry embedded within our everyday lives. 

Support for this exhibition provided by Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP

All current exhibitions are funded by Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen & Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen & Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle & Richard Jeschelnig, Kohl Family, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, Roy Minoff, and Kelly & Scott Mueller

All moCa Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members