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Visual Journals from Asia 
The Early 20th Century Prints and Etchings of Paul Jacoulet, Elizabeth Keith & Lilian Miller
September 18, 2014 — January 10, 2015
Skylight Gallery

jacoulet, adversairesIntercontinental travel, communication, and cultural exchange have become routine in the age of globalization — yet only a century ago, Westerners with in-depth experience of Asia and Asian cultures were few and far between. Visual Journals From Asia presents etchings and woodblock prints by Paul Jacoulet (France, 1896-1960), Elizabeth Keith (UK, 1887-1956) and Lilian May Miller (USA, 1895-1943), three artists who spent significant parts of their lives and careers in Asia, including visits to Japan, China, Mongolia, Korea, the Philippines and the islands of the South Seas. This exhibition explores the distinctive ways in which these artists' works were shaped by their experiences of travel and cross-cultural encounter, and raises broader questions intercultural lives and perspectives.

Organized by Jinyoung Jin, Associate Director of Cultural Programs at the Charles B. Wang Center, the exhibition was made possible through the generous loan from Dr. Young-dahl Song Collection, and support of the Japan Center at Stony Brook University. 

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RELATED PROGRAM

LECTURE   Three Alternate Visions of East Asiaby Dr. Kendall Brown, November 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM-12:50 PM 

 

Mao's Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution
September 18, 2014 — January 10, 2015
Theatre Lobby Gallery

Mao's MangoesIn 1968, Pakistan's foreign minister, Mian Arshad Hussain, visited China and presented Mao with a gift of several dozen mangoes, a fruit that was all but unknown in the country at the time. Mao distributed these mangoes to the Worker Propaganda Team. The workers were deeply moved by this gift, and decided not to eat the fruits, but instead to preserve them in various ways as a representation of the generous spirit of their leader. Mao's mangoes thus became an icon, embedded in mass-produced posters, fabrics, cigarette packages, and dishes.

Organized by Jinyoung Jin, Associate Director of Cultural Programs at the Charles B. Wang Center, the exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Dr. Alfreda Murck andthe Reitberg Museum in Zurich, Switzerland and Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University.

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READ MORE 

"Chairman Mao's Mangoes" at chineseposters.net »
"How China came to worship the mango during the cultural revolution," from the London Telegraph »

RELATED PROGRAMS

WORKSHOP   Canning Mao's Mangoes with Chef Paolo Fontana, October 4, 2014 at 1-3 PM   

FILM                Morning Sun (2003) Documentary Film by Carma Hinton, October 23, 2014 at 5-7  PM

LECTURES       Sanctification of the Mango: Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Alfreda Murck, November 5,  2014 at 4 PM 

 

Comfort Women Wanted
September 18, 2014 — January 10, 2015

chang-jin leeZodiac Lobby Gallery

Chang-Jin Lee
's public art project Comfort Women Wanted brings to light the memory of 200,000 young women, known euphemistically as "comfort women," who were systematically exploited as sex slaves in Asia during World War II. This exhibition draws on Lee's revelatory interviews with surviving "comfort women" from Korea, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Netherlands and the Philippines. This forced gathering of women to serve the Imperial Japanese Army as sex slaves was organized on a scale not seen before in modern history, and is considered the largest case of human trafficking in the 20th century.

Featuring seven prints and video by Chang-Jin Lee, Comfort Women Wanted attempts to bring to light this abominable WWII instance of massive organized violence against women and attempts to create a constructive dialogue for the future by recognizing the place of the "comfort women" in world history, and increases public awareness of the general subject of sexual violence against women during wartime.


ABOUT THE ARTIST
Chang-Jin Lee is a Korean-born American artist who has exhibited internationally in the U.S., Asia and Europe, including an exhibition at The Queens Museum of Art in New York City, the Kunstmuseum Bonn in Germany, and The Incheon Women Artists' Biennale in South Korea. Comfort Women Wanted has been presented in NYC of Times Square, Lincoln Center, the Flatiron District, Union Square, Koreatown, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, and in Chelsea in collaboration with The New York City Department of Transportation's Urban Art Program in 2013. 


READ MORE
Watch excerpts from Chang-Jin Lee's Comfort Women Wanted video here »
Chang-Jin Lee's website »

RELATED PROGRAM

LECTURE    Artist Talk by Change Jin Lee, Moderated by Prof. Peggy Christoff, October 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM 

 

Creative Power for Social Change: The Arts of Jeseok Yi
September 18, 2014 — January 10, 2015

jeseokJasmine Gallery 


This exhibition explores the power of creativity to inform, educate and change society for the better. By combining innovative imagery with text, Korean-born artist and activist Jeseok Yi engages in advocacy against smoking, war, global warming, famine and pollution, and in advocacy in favor of social welfare and disability compensation. Yi's artworks have been created for many non-governmental organizations, such as the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, World Vision, City Harvest New York, the American Disability Association, and the Global Coalition for Peace. With his unconventional artistic approach, Yi's visual campaign both broadens our social perspectives and invites our social action. 

 

Luscious Peonies by Seongmin Ahn
September 18, 2014 — January 10, 2015

Seongmin Ahn's "Lollipop Peony"Garden View Gallery 

Peonies are a national floral emblem of China, where they have been cultivated for at least 1500 years. These lush, rounded blooms with slender, elegant stems also have great symbolic and cultural significance across East Asia, including Korea and Japan, where they have strong associations with prosperity and friendship, and are regarded omens of good fortune and happy marriage.

Noted artist Seongmin Ahn incorporates these richly symbolic blossoms in her painting as part of her exploration of identity as "a Korean-American immigrant with dual values in both cultures." These portraits also use images, patterns and techniques extracted from minhwa ("art of the people"), a form of Korean decorative folk painting that was particularly popular during the Chosŏn period (1392–1910). Ahn also merges the bright colors, simple lines, and flat composition of minhwa quite naturally with elements of U.S. pop art, adding another cross-cultural dimension to her work.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Brooklyn-based artist Seongmin Ahn is a recipient of a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Queens College Art Center, Gallery Ho, the White Wall Gallery, and the Gomez Gallery. Ahn has also taught Asian traditional painting at various institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Queens Museum of Art, the Art Students League, the Voelker Orth Museum, the Creative Center for Women with Cancer, and the University Settlement. Ahn holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art.


READ MORE
Seongmin Ahn's website »
Profile of Seongmin Ahn at artasiaamerica.org »


RELATED PROGRAM

WORKSHOP     Hangs-On Painiting with the Artist, Seongmin Ahn, October 7 & 8, 2014 at 1-4 PM

 

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