Found in Translation: Art and Seoul

Friday, November 22, 2019
8 pm–12 am

The Freer|Sackler invites friends and supporters to join artists, musicians, tastemakers, and philanthropists to our second annual fundraiser, Found in Translation: Art and Seoul. Join us in celebrating the surprise and delight of exploring Seoul, South Korea, at night.

Sparked by cross-cultural exploration, Found in Translation focuses on a dynamic theme inspired by the Asian collections and programs of the Freer|Sackler, the national museum of Asian art.

This year’s Found in Translation promises to be a memorable evening of Korean and Korean-flavored music, cuisine, libations, fashion, and art.


Participate in both iconic and lesser-known Korean cultural experiences, including:
Featured talent: TOKiMONSTA, CHIKO, Jen Collins


Sacred Dedication: A Korean Buddhist Masterpiece is a spotlight exhibition of a single rare object—a beautiful gilt wood sculpture of Gwaneum, the most popular deity in Korean Buddhism. On loan from the National Museum of Korea, the crowned sculpture was carved in the late Goryeo period (918–1392).

Tickets and Benefits

Found in Translation’s purpose is to raise support for the Freer|Sackler’s annual fund through individual ticket sales and sponsorships. General admission tickets are $150. Tickets are now on sale. Sponsorships for $5,000 and $10,000 are available now.

VIP Reception: 7 pm – 8 pm

VIP tickets include the following additional benefits:

  • Uber rides to and from the event on us!
  • Specialty food from CHIKO and Anju (unique from the main event offerings)
  • Early access to specialty cocktails
  • Mix and mingle opportunities with the chefs

Main Event: 8 pm – 12 am

General Admission tickets include:

  • Music by DJ Blindstares
  • One-hour DJ set by TOKiMONSTA, Grammy-nominated Korean-American record producer
  • Illuminations based on the annual lantern festival
  • K-Beauty Bar, featuring the latest in Korean makeup and skincare, with a photobooth
  • Immersive K-pop video projections
  • Cross-cultural hors d’oeuvre blends by influential local chef
  • Soju and tea tasting

Buy tickets now »

Generously supported by the Sana H. Sabbagh Global Celebrations Fund

Presented with the Korean Cultural Center, KOTRA and Nü Androids

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Special thanks to

jexko logo, handwritten blue text on a leaf sunrise beverage company logo, orange block text in a circle

Honorary Committee

Sana H. Sabbagh
Global Chair

Young Yang Chung
Honorary Chair

His Excellency Lee Soo Hyuck

Ms. Philippa B. Hughes
Ms. Hae Young Kim
Mr. Sung Han Kim
Mr. Michael Royce


Please let us know if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities.