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.
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 9 AM - 8 PM
Saturdays & Sundays: 12 PM - 8 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery
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 the tape from the surfaces of architectural spaces. Her sprawling
freehand strokes weave designs over surfaces to dramatic effect. Sun K. Kwak creates
a site-specific installation at the Charles B. Wang Center by creating lines that
liberate the space, and in doing so transforming the space into a new pictorial reality.
The Charles B. Wang Center thanks Shurtape for its in-kind donation of materials in
support of this exhibition.
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