Douglas Gabriel

Douglas Gabriel researches twentieth century Korean art. His dissertation, titled “Between Propaganda and Protest Aesthetics: Realism in North and South Korean Art (1984–1994),” examines connections between North Korean state-sponsored propaganda and South Korean art associated with the minjung democratization movement during the late Cold War period.

His second book project is tentatively titled The Last Pioneers: Communist Youth Culture in North Korean Visual Art (1953—2011). In it, he analyzes the centrality of the Young Pioneers and the Kim Il Sung Youth League in North Korean visual culture throughout the regimes of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il,  with case studies in media ranging from film to fashion design.

Gabriel’s article on the South Korean minjung art movement and representations of globalization during the timeframe of the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the July 2017 issue of the Korean Journal of Modern Art can be found here.

His research has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the National Committee for the History of Art, and Northwestern’s Equality Development and Globalization Studies program.