August 2014 at Charles B. Wang Center
A Letter from the Director
September 27 marks the first anniversary of my joining the Charles B. Wang Center. In this first year, I have received enthusiastic support from the entire Stony Brook community and very positive feedback from the press. The new look of the Wang Center has been extremely popular. Our exhibitions were featured in articles in the New York Times, Bloomberg Pursuits, and Newsday. This fall, in my second year I will devote even more time and resources to the development of new Asian cultural programs that will reflect a true balance among the various Asian cultures. Be assured that I will be pursuing new cultural programs across the broad spectrum of Asia. New programs under development will represent more and more Asian regions.
This fall, the Wang Center will again come to life in new and exciting ways with many varied public programs, including exhibitions, gallery talks, lectures, workshops and music and dance performances. The beloved outdoor garden of the Wang Center has been revitalized to welcome us. The Wang Center takes center stage in Asian cultural programming with six new exhibitions. We are presenting early 20th century Asian etchings and woodblock prints (Visual Journals from Asia); examining the Chinese Cultural Revolution by focusing on an unusual subject, the mango (Mao's Golden Mangoes); presenting a fusion of Korean minhwa and American pop art painting styles (Luscious Peonies); and focusing our attention to Asian social and cultural issues in historical context with Lotus, Comfort Women Wanted and Explore History: Objects from Asia.
The Wang Center Theatre also offers a series of innovative and lively programs. Theatre World New Delhi, a contemporary dance troupe from India will entertain and enlighten us with The Life of Buddha on September 25, and the French puppet artist Caroline Borderies will demonstrate traditional Southeast Asian puppet culture on November 1. Building upon the success of our culinary themed talks this past spring, we continue to offer tastings and hands-on workshops this fall to complement our featured exhibitions.
Please join us at our Wang Center reception on September 18 at 5 PM to celebrate our season opening. I look forward to welcoming you in person to provide additional details of our new season's upcoming programs.
Associate Director of Cultural Programs