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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.

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OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, September 29 at 5 PM
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

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The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens
September 29 through December 23, 2016
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens explores the genre of Korean still-life painting known as chaekgeori. Chaekgeori was one of the most enduring and prolific art forms of Korea’s Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), and it emphasizes books and other material commodities as symbolic embodiments of knowledge, power, and social reform. Today, a diverse body of artists continues this tradition into the twenty-first century, coming together to examine modern Korean society and its social, cultural, and political attitudes and ideals. Drawing on a long artistic lineage and making comparisons to the traditional form and objectives of chaekgeori with the works of contemporary artists (including Seongmin Ahn, Kyoungtack Hong, Patrick Hughes, Airan Kang and Stephanie S. Lee), this exhibition facilitates a better understanding of a still changing Korean society, from the ascetic Confucian Joseon era to the hyper-materialistic culture of today.

All of the screens are on loan from both private collections and Korean national institutions, including the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art; the Seoul Museum; the Korean Folk Village; and the Chosun Minhwa Museum.

The exhibition is curated by Jinyoung Jin (Director of Cultural Programs, Charles B. Wang Center), Sooa Im McCormick (Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Cleveland Museum of Art), and Kris Imants Ercums (Curator of Global Contemporary and Asian Art, Spencer Museum of Art).

The exhibition is organized by Byungmo Chung (Gyeongju University) and Sunglim Kim (Dartmouth College), and co-hosted by the Korea Foundation and Gallery Hyundai.

 

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RELATED PROGRAMS

LECTURE
From Europe to Korea: The Marvelous Journey of Collectibles in Painting
Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

ART CRAWL
Curator’s Tour
Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

WORKSHOP
Making My Own Book Bag with Korean Chaekgeori Painting
Fridays, October 7, 21, 28, 2016 1:00 – 3:00 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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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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