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Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery
Celebrating precious traditions and the culture of baby carriers from Taiwan and Southwestern
China, Love and Blessings: The Art of Baby Carriers presents intricately crafted objects with rich cultural symbolic meanings. Traditionally a gift from the mother’s branch of the family, these carriers are
seen as a vessel of memories and blessings for the child. Each stitch and thread of embroidery work on baby carriers is a deep expression of
a mother’s affection and devotion to her child.
All works are loan from National Museum of PreHistory in Taiwan, Collection of Vichai and Lee Chinalai, Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner. This exhibition is sponsored by the
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Hanlin Chinese Culture Association, and the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University; Organized by independent curator Taini Hsu and Jinyoung Jin, Associate Director of Cultural Programs at the Charles B. Wang Center.
Precious Cargo: Chinese Baby Carriers in Global Context
by Lee Talbot, Curator at The Textile Museum,
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery
Featuring finely cut prints of Tibetan Buddha, protective deities and tara from the
Derge Parkhang (/deh-gay par-kahng/), the exhibition introduces Derge Parkhang, one of the foremost cultural, social, religious and historical institutions in Tibet.
Derge Parkhang is founded in 1729 by Denba Tseren and still remains an active center for publication
and distribution of Buddhist texts. The exhibition opens a window into the fascinating
beliefs, symbols and learning of Tibetan Buddhism. Photographs and video introduce
the people of Derge who have preserved and revived the Parkhang’s position as one
of the most precious pearls of Tibet’s living culture.
This exhibition is the first authorized exhibition of works from the Derge Parkhang
in the U. S.
Photo (right): This print is a Tsok Shing, an Assembly Tree that represents all the Buddhas, bodhisattvas, deities, and lamas
who are members of a particular lineage. Tsok means accumulation of merit and accumulation
of wisdom, and Shing means object. So it becomes object of accumulation, not just
a creation of your imagination. In this print Indian scholars (who do not wear vests
on their upper bodies), Tibetan scholars and lamas from all schools appear together
in the tree around Amitabha. Ecumenism was a hallmark of the religious patronage of
the Derge Kings. Avalokiteshvara and her emanations appear just below and to the right
of the Buddha, and on his left is Sakyamuni surrounded by bodhisattvas. The White
Droma is seated below him.
Tibetan Buddhist Printing from the Derge Parkhang
by Patrick Dowdey
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 4 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall 1
Theatre Lobby Gallery
Drawn from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive at New York University, A is for Arab: Archiving Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture, examines representations of Arabs and Muslims in U.S. popular culture from the early
twentieth century to the present. Often featuring anti-Arab and anti-Muslim depictions,
the exhibition provides editorial cartoons, advertisements, books, magazines, comic
books, toys, and games, as well as moving images from motion pictures, cartoons, newsreels,
and televisions programs. Providing historical context about these images, the exhibition
aims to educate and stimulate discussion about the impact of stereotypes on both individual
perceptions and national policy.
Organized by the New York University, A/P/A Institute.
A is for Arab: Archiving Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture
Exhibition Catalogue Available. For purchase, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org
English, 72 pages, color illustrations featuring additional photographs of objects
and materials from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive
Price: $22.00 (All funds will go towards processing the Jack G. Shaheen Archive)
by Logan Marks
Garden View Gallery
Access to Any End of the Earth is the site-specific installation by MFA student Logan Marks at Stony Brook University.
The work suggests an imagined entryway into the distant and diverse places, from which
many of us come from. Using line work based on traditional patterns from across Asia
and techniques portraying atmospheric perspective, the work arrives at a deeper place
both emotionally and physically.
This work gives students and visitors on campus an illusory entry into homes that,
now, exist only in the hearts and minds of those at Stony Brook. By stretching out
the traditional dimensional confines and utilizing the characteristics of the existing
space, Access to Any End of the Earth provides an illimitable expanse for the imagination of the viewer.