Charles B. Wang Center Galleries
The Charles B. Wang Center organizes groundbreaking exhibitions of traditional and
contemporary Asian and Asian American art. Located on the first and second floors
of the center, the center's galleries feature natural light and high ceilings appropriate
for the display of innovative contemporary artworks, crafts, and masterpiece-quality
traditional Asian works.
Gallery Summer Hours
|Mon – Fri
||10 am – 6 pm
* Exceptions: The Charles B. Wang Center will be open on the following Saturdays from
10 AM-7PM, so please plan your visit to our current exhibitions: June 7, June 14,
June 21, & July 12.
Free and open to the public
If you have questions about gallery hours, please contact us.
March 12 – July 27, 2014
Celebrating indigo both as a color and as a meaningful link to past and current design
practices, Seas of Blue: Asian Indigo Dye is a site-specific installation of traditional and contemporary indigo-dyed textiles
from India, Indonesia, Japan, and Korea. Indigo is one of few natural blue dyes, and
has historically been both an important commodity and a fixture in textile art and
design. Exploring and evoking indigo's traditional associations with wealth, truth,
authority, peace, and spirituality, Seas of Blue features works that integrate indigo dye methods into innovative designs with vivid
With works on loan from Galeri Batik Jawa, SRI(Brooklyn), Annapurna Mamidipudi and contemporary textile artists including Leonie Castelino, Wonju Seo, and Merdi Sihombing. Co-curated by Laretna T. Adishakti (Associate Professor of Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia), Annapurna Mamidipudi (South Indian textile expert), and Jinyoung Jin (Associate Director of Cultural Programs, Charles B. Wang Center)
April 13, 2014 The New York Times Art Review
"Seeing Asian Cultures, Through an Indigo Lens"
March 13, 2014 Stony Brook Independent Art Review
"The Wang Center's Art of Asia: Indigo Textiles, Breathing Cell Phones and Asian Super
works from the exhibition
Theatre Lobby Gallery
March 12 – July 27, 2014
Marvels and Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 showcases a selection of potent and indelible images of Asians and Asian Americans
in mainstream comics from four defining decades of American history. The images are
placed in historical context and in a discourse with contemporary Asian American writers
and creators including Ken Chen, Larry Hama, David Henry Hwang, Vijay Prashad, and Gene Luen Yang. The exhibition also contains elements designed to encourage direct engagement with
the archetypes, such as life-sized cutouts that allow visitors to put themselves "inside
the image" and an installation called "Shades of Yellow" that matches the shades used
for Asian skin tones in the comics with their garish PantoneTM color equivalents.
Drawn from William F. Wu’s comic book collection--the largest archive of American
comics books featuring images of Asians and Asian Americans -- at New York University's
Fales Library & Special Collections, the exhibition is curated by Asian Pop columnist
Jeff Yang and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The loan of the exhibition
to the Charles B. Wang Center was made possible by the support of the Presidential
Mini-Grant for Diversity Initiatives and by Stony Brook University Libraries.
About the Curator
Jeff Yang, the curator of Marvels and Monsters, is a veteran communications professional whose
career in media and marketing has spanned over a decade and a half. Since 2011, he
has written the weekly "Tao Jones" column for the Wall Street Journal Online. Yang has authored and edited a number of bestselling books, including Eastern Standard Time; I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action (the international action hero's official autobiography); Once Upon a Time in China; and the new graphic novel collection, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology.
WORKS FROM THE EXHIBITION