Upcoming Fall 2017 Lectures
Park Arm Jong, the director of the Modern Design Museum in Seoul, will map the everyday changes of the material landscape of Korea during the Japanese occupation (1910–1945). Drawing on a wide range of visual resources, Park will explain how new commodities rapidly became part of the texture of everyday life in this tumultuous period.
About the Speaker
An avid design collector and scholar of Korean design history, Park Arm Jong founded the Modern Design Museum in 2007. He is also a professor of visual communication design at Sun Moon University.
Images of maiko (apprentice geisha) greet tourists at numerous sites in Kyoto, embodying the ancient Japanese capital in its cutest, most welcoming form. Although only about seventy-five young women work as apprentice geisha today, representations of maiko abound in the city.
Perky maiko grace maps, menus, and city posters, and even make it onto post-it notes, hand towels, and cappuccino designs. Avid fans of maiko go to photo studios in Kyoto where they can dress up as maiko themselves. For an extra fee, these fans can walk in the geisha districts in full costume, taking photos of their maiko moment. This cosplay attracts Japanese and international tourists of all ages. Unlike the revered artifacts and heroes of Kyoto's past, the maiko inspire play and fun. Exploring Kyoto through this lens, how do the maiko, as "cool Japan" and "Kyoto kawaii" (cute), frame "old Japan" itself as an inviting consumable? Why has the teenage maiko displaced the more adult geisha as the Kyoto fantasy femme? And what do we learn about girlhood today in Japan as we contrast this good-girl maiko image to a host of other popular representations of girls in millennial Japan?
About the Speaker
Jan Bardsley, professor of Asian studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializes in Japanese humanities and women's studies. She is the author of Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan (2014) and The Bluestockings of Japan: New Women Fiction and Essays from Seitō, 1911–1916 (2007), which was awarded the 2011 Hiratsuka Raichō Prize by Japan Women's University. With Laura Miller, she has co-edited two books: Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan (2011) and Bad Girls of Japan (2005). She is co-producer/director, with Joanne Hershfield, of the documentary Women in Japan: Memories of the Past, Dreams for the Future (2002). She is currently working on two book projects: a cultural history of beauty contests in Japan, and a study of representations of maiko in contemporary Japanese popular culture.
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 3 PM
Tour Simons Center, Stony Brook Library Special Collections, and Zuccaire Gallery.
Reception will follow at the Zuccaire Gallery
Stony Brook University is host to a variety of renowned art galleries that provide unique environments and opportunities for cultural and artistic exchanges and collaborations. Our art crawls unite our university's galleries through a series of free, guided tours led by expert curators. This initiative directly supports the university's commitment to celebrating diversity and promotes the university's place in the global community. Each art crawl will offer tours of three to four galleries, visiting each for about 30 minutes, before ending with a reception.
Tea is to Chinese culture like wine is to the French. Come and learn about this magical plant that is thought to have a soul. In this lecture, Shunan Teng will explore the six categories of teas, their brewing, and their distinct taste profiles. Attendees will also learn the long and fascinating history of tea and scratch the surface of terroir, varietal teas, and tea crafting. Tea is so ancient, yet continues to evolve and innovate. New trends in tea, such as Pu'er (or Pu-erh), will provide participants with a foundation to tea connoisseurship.
About the Speaker
Shunan Teng is the founder and CEO of Tea Drunk, a New York City-based teahouse that has become a destination for those seeking exceptional tea and tea knowledge. Teng is known for her relentless pursuit of tea knowledge and her work in preserving Chinese tea traditions. She travels to historic tea mountains in China every year to harvest and make tea alongside the heritage farmers. She has also been featured as a speaker at many venues and institutes, including Yale University and World Tea Expo. She has set up an authentic Chinese teahouse at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is the educator for TED Ed lesson "The History of Tea."
The Way of Tea in Asia
On View September 7–December 10, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery
Past Fall 2017 Lectures
Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 3 PM
Tour Alloway Gallery, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center (Stony Brook Library Special Collections Seminar Room), Zuccaire Gallery, and Charles B. Wang Center.
Reception will follow at the Charles B. Wang Center
Stony Brook University is host to a variety of renowned art galleries that provide unique environments and opportunities for cultural and artistic exchanges and collaborations. Our art crawls unite our university's galleries through a series of free, guided tours led by expert curators. This initiative directly supports the university's commitment to celebrating diversity and promotes the university's place in the global community. Each art crawl will offer tours of three to four galleries, visiting each for about 30 minutes, before ending with a reception. Mr. Kuniji Tsubaki, the designer of Modern Tea Suitcase for globetrotters, will introduce the essence of Japanese way of tea at 4:30 PM at the Wang Center on September 14.
Please visit here to view the past programs.