Maria the Korean Bride


Performance artist Maria Yoon, is a first generation Korean-American. Calling herself 'the voice of the unmarried Asian-American woman.' Like many single women of a certain age, Maria felt a growing pressure to wed. So she took matrimony to the next level. She became Maria the Korean Bride, a woman to get married in all fifty states. She took this challenge to explore the institution of marriage and how marriage is seen in other cultures. She quickly learned to coordinate on the go weddings, with volunteer participants who are actual reverends, photographers, and bachelors across the country. Her 50th wedding in Times Square, NYC concluded her nine year journey. Her unique experience will make you both laugh and cry as she travels the country exploring the institution of marriage. Will she ever find true love?

Artist Profile

Maria Yoon is a Korean-born artist who lives and works in New York City. She holds a BFA from Cooper Union. Maria is a recipient of the Alex Katz Tuition Award and a summer residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Maria the Korean Bride has been funded in part by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NYC Cultural Affairs, Asian Women Giving Circle and Franklin Furnace amongst others. Her journey across America has received significant attention from Korean and pan-Asian American communities, as well as from institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art. For more please visit: