August 2016 at Charles B. Wang Center
A Letter from the Director
The Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University is a unique cultural center devoted to promoting Asian art and culture. Founded in 2002, we are widely renowned for the remarkable quality, quantity, and variety of our exhibitions and programs. Thus we are proud to be able to provide high-quality exhibitions and other cultural offerings throughout the year.
As an educational center, our mission is to inform and instill a love of Asian art and culture. This mission does not extend only to the students on the Stony Brook campus. We also aim to reach audiences outside of the student body, including alumni, the Stony Brook Community, and Long Island in general.
The Charles B. Wang Center is fortunate to have the scholarly support of many international collaborators for our current exhibition, The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens. This exhibit is dedicated to chaekgeori, a fascinating genre of Korean still-life painting devoted to book culture dating back to the eighteenth century and still influencing many artists today. The exhibition will reveal a timeless and universal curiosity in cultural exchange, humanistic values, and the pursuit of knowledge.
We are grateful to the Korea Foundation for their enthusiastic organizing of this exhibition and for supporting the publication of the exhibition catalogue. We also extend our thanks to Gallery Hyundai for generously lending us masterpieces sourced from many individual collectors. We are honored to be the first host of this exhibit before it moves to the Spencer Museum of Art at University of Kansas and later Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio in 2017.
In addition, our goal to more completely represent various Asian cultures has been significantly aided by an exciting and eclectic mix of programming featuring Chinese Peking opera, a shadow puppet performance of Jataka, and our own celebration of Diwali. We will also be offering a series of lectures and hands-on art workshops on origami and other crafts.
We hope you will join us!
Jinyoung A. Jin
Director of Cultural Programs