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Spring 2015

Traditional Baby Carriers

Courtesy of National Museum of PreHistory of Taiwan

Love and blessings: The Art of Baby Carriers
March 11 — July 5, 2015
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.
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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




Jiro Osuga Painting

The Everyday Joys of Japan: Paintings By Jiro Osuga
March 11 — July 5, 2015
Charles B. Wang Center Jasmine Gallery

Critically acclaimed artist Jiro Osuga visualizes Japanese daily modern life. Images of every sort are depicted and examined in Osuga’s exuberantly expressive works. The Everyday Joys of Japan offers a pathway for audiences to become avid travelers and knowledgeable readers of images.  Osuga was born in Tokyo and currently lives in U.K.



Japanese Flower Arrangement with Toyomi Shibahara
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1PM

How Did Rāmen Become Japan’s ‘National Food’?
By Chef. Mamie Nishide
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 @ 2:30 PM
Lecture Hall 1 

Make your Own Japanese Rāmen with Chef Mamie Nishide
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ 1-2:30 PM



Tibetan Buddhist Print

Assembly Tree with Amitabha
Woodblock print on paper, mounted on a silk scroll
Derge Sutra Printing House, Derge, Sichuan, 2007
Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University

Pearl of the Snowlands: Tibetan Buddhist Printing from the Derge Parkhang
March 11 — July 5, 2015
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


A is for Arab

A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture
March 11 — July 5, 2015
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.

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A is for Arab: Archiving Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture
Exhibition Catalogue Available. For purchase, please email at
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) 

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Access to Any End of the Earth
March 11 — July 5, 2015
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.


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