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Upcoming Spring 2017 Lectures

travel photography lecture

The Fine Art of Travel Photography
By Mark Edward Harris
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:30AM–1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I
Free Admission

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Mark Edward Harris walks through his journey as a photojournalist and explores how to create extraordinary travel photography—images that go far beyond the simple “I was here” photograph. Budding photojournalists will learn how to photograph beautiful landscapes and townscapes, as well as powerful environmental portraits and photo essays—pictures that tell a story.

About the Artist

Mark Edward Harris is a photojournalist who has made a life out of exploring the world, capturing and documenting his experiences. He has traveled to more than 90 countries and has published several books on photography, including Faces of the Twentieth Century: Master Photographers and Their Work, The Way of the Japanese Bath, Wanderlust, Inside North Korea, and Inside Iran. He has won numerous awards, such as the “Photography Book of the Year" from the International Photography Awards, the CLIO Award, and an Aurora Gold Award.

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
Mark Edward Harris: A Wanderluster in Asia
On View March 8 through May 31, 2016
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

 


africans in india lecture

Africans in India
By Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:00–7:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery
Free Admission

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Many Africans traveled to India as slaves and traders, and a number of them eventually settled there and played important roles in India’s complex history of kingdoms, conquests, and wars. Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf, the exhibition curator, will discuss the shared history of India and Africa in trade, music, religion, arts, and architecture.

About the Speaker

Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf is an award-winning historian of the African Diaspora. She is the director of the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. A recipient of the Rosa Parks Award, the Dr. Betty Shabazz Achievement Award, and the Pen and Brush Achievement Award, she has curated digital and on-site exhibitions on the Black Power movement, Africans in India, African-American migrations, the abolition of the slave trade, the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean world, and the black world in the 20th century. She is the author of nine books and the editor of two.

 

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition, Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers and in partnership with the Mattoo Center for India Studies.

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RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers
On View March 8 through May 6, 2016
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery

LECTURE
South Asia, Africa, and Indian Ocean Connections
Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 12 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

LECTURE
Malik Ambar and the Making of the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World
Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

 


korean dress conference

Documenting Korean Costume: Primary Sources and New Interpretations
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I
Free Admission

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The legacy of Korean dress, as seen in archaeological findings and museum artifacts, will be analyzed in the comparison to the dress and fashions of other Asian countries. Korean dress and accessories have evolved into different and varied forms in modern times. Historians and prominent practitioners of dress-making and jewelry crafting will present modern applications of centuries-old traditions of Korean dress in contemporary arts and designs. This group of leading experts will also discuss the development of Korean dress and highlight how it is deeply related to political and economic aspects of Korean history.

The conference is sponsored by the Academy of Korean Studies Grant.

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WORKSHOP
Documenting Korean Costume: Primary Sources and New Interpretations
Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 9:00 AM–1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

 


SAAI ocean connections lecture

South Asia, Africa, and Indian Ocean Connections
By Dr. Eric Beverley & Dr. Shobana Shankar
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 12:00–1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I
Free Admission

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In conjunction with the exhibit Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers, Dr. Eric Beverley and Dr. Shobana Shankar will host a roundtable discussion tracing the importance of African–South Asian connections in world history.

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers
On View March 8 through May 6, 2016
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery

LECTURE
Africans in India
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

LECTURE
Malik Ambar and the Making of the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World
Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

 


africans disapora lecture

Malik Ambar and the Making of the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World
By Dr. Omar Ali
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 1:00–2:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I
Free Admission

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Over the course of several centuries, Africans helped shape the Indian Ocean world, traveling the western rim of the ocean as sailors, soldiers, and slaves. The story of Malik Ambar, a seventeenth-century Ethiopian who became the de facto ruler of a Muslim kingdom in India, helps to give expression to this rich and under-discussed history of the global African Diaspora.

About the Speaker

Omar H. Ali is a historian of the African Diaspora who explores the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds from the early modern period to the present. He is Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History and Interim Dean of Lloyd International Honors College at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the author of four books, most recently Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery Across the Indian Ocean (2016).

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers
On View March 8 through May 6, 2016
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery

LECTURE
Africans in India
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

LECTURE
South Asia, Africa, and Indian Ocean Connections
Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 12 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

 


Past Fall 2016 Lectures

painting screens lecture

From Europe to Korea: The Marvelous Journey of Collectibles in Painting
By Dr. Sunglim Kim, Prof. of Art History at Dartmouth College
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 11:30 AM–1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

Dr. Sunglim Kim will explore the European origins of the genre of Korean still-life painting known as chaekgeori ("books and things"), and how these European influences were transmitted to Korea through Jesuit missionaries in Beijing, China. She will also examine how Koreans eventually developed the theme in a creative and distinctive manner within their own storied, long-standing painting tradition, making it their own.

About the Speaker

Dr. Sunglim Kim is assistant professor of Korean art history at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on pre-modern and early 20th-century Korean art and culture. Her research interests include the rise of consumer culture in late Joseon dynasty (1392–1910) and the role of the professional nouveau riche—the so-called Jungin (“middle people”)—in the production, distribution, collection, and consumption of art in 18th- and 19th-century Korea; the shaping of images of Korea and its people during the Japanese colonial period; and Korean female painters in pre-modern and modern periods.

 

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition, The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens and in partnership with the Center for Korean Studies at Stony Brook University.

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RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens
On View September 29 through December 23, 2016
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

WORKSHOP
Making My Own Book Bag with Korean Chaekgeori Painting
Fridays, October 7, 21, 28 at 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

 


origami lecture

Origami Heaven: Modular Origami & Kirigami with Feltro
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

Experiment with modular origami (folding) and kirigami (cutting) with Feltro, magnetic felt tiles. Feltro is an interactive construction toy and adaptable interior design product designed by Sam Kennedy that can be manipulated to create three-dimensional shapes, models, buildings, and even clothing. Kennedy will speak about the origins of the product’s design and the development of his playful and iterative design process, accompanied with an interactive workshop. All ages are welcome.

About the Speaker

Sam Kennedy earned a B.A. in anthropology from McGill University, where he developed a curiosity for the evolutionary process of designing and fabricating everyday objects. This curiosity remained unabated in his years designing and managing production for a custom sportswear and apparel company. This engagement with product design and the manufacturing process stirred his interest in textiles, soft manufacturing, and how to not only make things, but to make them better. Seeking greater hands-on experience, Kennedy earned degree in industrial design at OCAD University, where he developed Feltro as his final project. He is currently working to bring Feltro to home and educational spaces around the world.

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RELATED PROGRAMS

WORKSHOP
Origami Heaven
Wednesdays & Thursday, October, 5, 12, 13, 19, 26 at 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall II

 


arts and crafts conference

Diverse Techniques of Asian Arts and Crafts
Friday, November 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

As part of the SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant (IITG), Professor Kyunghee Pyun of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is developing a website focused on Asian arts and crafts, complete with video links, podcasts, online lectures, and a database of practitioners in collaboration with other SUNY institutions, such as the Charles B. Wang Center and SUNY Old Westbury's Amelie A. Wallace Gallery.

A group of selected participants, including researchers of Asian art, scholars of Asian American studies, art museum curators, and artists will discuss a design for this website; explain and demonstrate several artistic techniques; and plan a pedagogical application of the project for each institution.

Scheduled Hands-on Workshops
Admission Free and Open to the Public

2:00–2:30 PM     Lacquer by Gen Saratani
2:30–3:00 PM     Chinese Paper Cutting by Xin Song
3:10–3:40 PM     Korean Knots by Karen Ahn
3:40–4:10 PM     Japanese Floral Arrangement by Toyomi Shibahara
(* Please note that workshop schedule is subject to change.)

The conference is sponsored by the SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant (IITG), and co-organized by the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and SUNY Old Westbury's Amelie A. Wallace Gallery.

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