Hein Koh

'Hope & Sorrow'

In Hope & Sorrow, Brooklyn-based artist Hein Koh harnesses the wide-eyed imagination of the human mind to activate the rich psychological lives of the more-than-human world. The site-specific installation, Koh’s first solo museum exhibition, unites every aspect of her interdisciplinary practice for the first time, transforming the museum’s Jewel Boxes into dreamy surrealist gardens of larger-than-life soft sculpture made from metallic spandex, velvet, and satin, set against oil painted backdrops and Astroturf. Koh’s anthropomorphic landscapes — crying flowers, watchful suns — communicate complex emotional narratives full of wonder, pain, melancholy, and joy.

Signature image for Hein Koh exhibition
Hein Koh, "Sad Sunflowers," 2018. Photo by Dan Bradica, courtesy of the artist and Anton Kern Gallery.

About the artist

Hein Koh (b. 1976, Jersey City, N.J.) lives and works in Brooklyn. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a dual B.A. in studio art and psychology, and received her M.F.A. in painting from Yale University. Koh has exhibited widely and internationally at venues including Jack Hanley Gallery, Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, Kasmin Gallery, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Rockefeller Center, Sargent’s Daughters, and Western Exhibitions. In 2021, she presented solo exhibitions at Anton Kern Gallery’s WINDOW space and Semiose Galerie, and will present a forthcoming exhibition at Allouche Benias Gallery. She is represented by Anton Kern Gallery in New York and will present a solo exhibition at the main gallery space in 2022. Her work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. 

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Programs and events


Hope & Sorrow is organized by SCAD MOA curator DJ Hellerman.

Museum Admission

The exhibition is free for museum members and SCAD students, faculty, and staff with a valid SCAD Card. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.

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