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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.

Gallery Summer Hours

Mon – Fri 10 am – 6 pm
Sat, Sun Closed 

* 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. 

seas of blue exhibitionSeas of Blue: Asian Indigo Dye

Skylight Gallery
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 compositions.

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)

Press Coverage:
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 Villains" 


works from the exhibition

  • Seas of Blue: Intro Panel
  • Jacket Designed by Merdi Sihombing
  • Hand Painted Indigo
  • Hand Painted Indigo
  • Indonesian Batik, Indian Indigo, Indonesian Ulos By Merdi Sihombing
  • Installation view of Seas of Blue at Charles B. Wang Center
  • Indonesian Batik, Indian Indigo, Indonesian Ulos By Merdi Sihombing
  • Indian Indigo Textiles
  • Pojagi by Won-Ju Seo
  • Pojagi by Won-Ju Seo
  • Pojagi by Won-Ju Seo
  • Indonesian Ulos by Merdi Sihombing

comics exhibitionMarvels and Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-86

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.

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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.



  • Title Panel
  • Installation view: "The Alien," "The Kamikaze," and "The Lotus Blossom"
  • Installation view: "The Manipulator," "The Temptress," and others
  • Installation view: "Shades of Yellow" and "Beyond Stereotypes"
  • Installation view: "Shades of Yellow" and "Beyond Stereotypes"

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