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exhibitionThe 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.


Free and open to the public.

If you have questions about gallery hours, please contact us. Please note that hours are subject to change due to special events or university holidays / closures.

Monday through Friday 10 AM - 8 PM
Saturdays & Sundays: 12 PM - 8 PM


africans in india exhibit

Africans in India:
From Slaves to Generals and Rulers

March 8 through May 6, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery

Curated by Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute and Kenneth X. Robbins, a collector and expert in Indian art, this groundbreaking exhibition retraces the lives and achievements of Africans in the Indian subcontinent from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.

This exhibition, the first of its kind, features over 100 photographic reproductions of paintings and contemporary photographs documenting the lives and achievements of some of the East African diaspora in India, known as Habshis and Siddis.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Mattoo Center for India Studies and supported by the Humanities Institute, the Departments of History and Africana Studies, and the Faculty of Arts,  and Social Sciences at Stony Brook University.

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This exhibition is a part the Art Crawl: A Guided Tour of Campus Galleries on Friday, April 7, 2017.



Africans in India
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 @ 5 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

South Asia, Africa, and Indian Ocean Connections
Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 12 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

Malik Ambar and the Making of the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World
Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I




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Mark Edward Harris:
A Wanderluster in Asia

March 8 through May 31, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

More photographs are taken today than ever before, but most are now made with mobile phones, not stand-alone cameras. As the camera falls increasingly out of trend, this exhibition brings it and the photographer’s journey back in focus. Mark Edward Harris has traveled to and taken photographs in more than 90 countries. The exhibition focuses on his travels in Asia, including China, Japan, North and South Korea, Iran, India, Nepal, Myanmar, and Vietnam, complete with an impressive display of quality photographs. Streams of Harris’s humanistic photographs of daily life refocuses the viewer’s attention beyond social injustice and politics.



The Fine Art of Travel Photography
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 @ 11:30 AM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I



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By Christine Sun Kim
March 20 through June 16, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

A Site-Specific Installation*

Berlin-based American artist Christine Sun Kim has created a site-specific sound installation for the Charles B. Wang Center. “LAUTPLAN” is based on her relationship with the bells of St. Peter’s Catholic Community Church, which she can see from her Berlin apartment. Kim has been watching these church bells for months, and her observations have moved her to evolve her previously held ideas of bells and sound.

“LAUTPLAN” is the combination of the German words for “loud” and “schedule.” Kim made this accidental discovery while using Google Translate to find the meaning of “Läuteplan,” or “a church’s bell ringing schedule.” She recorded the St. Peter's bells ringing from both her apartment and from the church itself, and then she produced and edited the audio. Kim has converted the Wang Center’s chapel space into a “bell”: the Wang Center's bamboo will shake and a recording of St. Peter's bells will ring in concert with the actual bells ringing in Berlin. Wang Center visitors will hear the bells at the same time as those in Germany, despite the time difference.

The schedule at the Wang Center is as follows.

Monday: 12 PM, 6 PM

Tuesday: 8:55 AM, 12 PM, 6 PM

Wednesday: 12 PM, 6 PM

Thursday: 8:25 AM, 12 PM, 6 PM

Friday: 12 PM, 6 PM

Saturday: 12 PM, 4:45 PM, 6 PM,

Sunday: 10:15 AM, 12 PM, 6 PM

*Note: Most bells will ring for two minutes. The chapel will occasionally close for special events.

This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of the St. Peter's Catholic Community Church in Berlin; the Arts, Humanities, and Lettered Social Sciences (AHLSS) Visiting Artist Grant; the Stony Brook University Music Department; and the Charles B. Wang Center.

About the Artist:

Christine Sun Kim uses the medium of sound through technology, performance, and drawing to explore her relationship with sound and spoken language. Kim has been exhibited and has performed at various institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art / PS1 in New York, White Space in Beijing, Carroll/Fletcher in London, De Appel in Amsterdam, nyMusikk in Oslo, Sound Live Tokyo in Tokyo, the Berlin Biennale in Berlin, and the Shanghai Biennale in Shanghai. Kim was awarded TED and MIT Media Lab Fellowships.



Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel



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Space Drawing
by Sun K. Kwak

Long-Term Installation
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre Gallery

New York-based Korean American artist Sun K. Kwak's canvas is architectural space and her primary medium is black masking tape. Kwak achieves the effect painterly strokes by tearing away tape from the surfaces of architectural spaces. Her sprawling freehand strokes weave designs over surfaces to dramatic effect. Kwak creates a site-specific installation at the Charles B. Wang Center by creating lines that liberate the space, and in doing so, transforms the space into a new pictorial reality.


The Charles B. Wang Center thanks Shurtape for its donation of materials in support of this exhibition.

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Tape Drawing with Sun K. Kwak
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel


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Wrappings with Blessings:
Korean Patchwork by Wonju Seo

Stony Brook University Hospital and the Health Center Tower on Level 5

Wonju Seo is a Korean-­American artist whose primary medium for the past 12 years has been textiles. This exhibition introduces Seo's contemporary textile work, which is inspired by Korean patchwork called pojagi, to the Stony Brook University Hospital and the public. Pojagi is a centuries­-old traditional Korean form of cloth used to wrap gifts, to cover food tables and to carry objects of everyday life.

Originally pojagi were made from small pieces of silk that had been discarded after the process of making garments. Since fabric and textiles were incredibly valuable in early Chosŏn Korea (1392-­1910), the cutting of fabric for any other reason than making clothing was considered highly wasteful, even disgraceful. In this context, the process of combining fabric remnants and sewing them together into pojagi for a new household purpose was seen as an auspicious act by Korean women. Not only did it demonstrate their frugality and patience, but every stitch could be seen as the expression of a woman's devotion to the comfort and well­being of her family.

Wonju Seo's Wrapping with Blessings showcases pojagi's fundamental functions and captures the way in which the traditional, practical and spiritual Korean values inherent in the pojagi can be reborn in our contemporary age. The geometric blue color patchworks and thorough stitching can be seen as the expression of Ms. Seo's devotion to the comfort and well­being of the audience.

This exhibition is curated by Jinyoung Jin, Associate Director of Cultural Programs at the Charles B. Wang Center and organized by the School of Medicine

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