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Upcoming Fall 2015 Lectures

origami lecture

Origami and the Making of Between the Folds
by Vanessa Gould, Director of Documentary Film, Between the Folds
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 at 5 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

Free Admission!

Over four years, director and producer Vanessa Gould researched and documented origami and paper artists around the world.  Her investigation revealed a lot of unexpected metaphors about film, life, creativity, and the idea of transformation. Gould will share observations on the enigmatic and surprising process of making Between the Folds, and the seemingly unending inspiration found in the medium of origami.

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About the Speaker

Vanessa Gould is a filmmaker, editor and camera operator working in Brooklyn. Gould's film Between the Folds premiered on PBS’s Independent Lens in December 2009 and was rebroadcast the following season. In 2010, it received a Peabody Award. Between the Folds has been translated into more than ten languages and broadcast in dozens of countries on NHK, CBC, ABC, EBS, NRK, SF, SVT, Al Jazeera, Al Hurra and other networks. It screened at more than forty-five international film festivals and was recognized with numerous audience and jury awards. Gould is currently filming OBIT, a feature-length documentary about The New York Times obituaries and their writer-reporters.

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
Origami Heaven
On View September 9 to December 31, 2015
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

FILM
Between the Folds directed by Vanessa Gould
On View September 9 to December 31, 2015
Charles B. Wang Center Video Gallery

WORKSHOP
Fabric Origami Techniques with Wonju Seo
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Session 1: 1:00-2:30 PM | Session 2: 3:00-4:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

LECTURE
Artist Talk: Kumi Yamashita
Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 2:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

LECTURE
Modular Kirigami
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 6 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

WORKSHOP
12-Card Star Construction
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

WORKSHOP
Origami Heaven Retreat
October 31 - November 2, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook

 


renzi lecture

A Contemporary Art Practice from a Trans-Asian Perspective with Artist Ren Zi
Moderated by Prof. Kyunghee Pyun, SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology
Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

Free Admission!

Ren Zi is a contemporary artist of Singapore. He studied psychology and worked as a commercial writer before he devoted himself full-time to the arts. Figurative characters in his fantastic drawings are created in digital mediums and then printed on various media such as acrylic, aluminium and bamboo paper. Ren Zi is a product of Singapore, exposed to its multi-ethnic geo-political environment as well as global currents in high art and pop culture. Professor Kyunghee Pyun will open a dialogue with this quirky artist who is also partly otaku, partly science geek, and partly utopian dreamer.

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About the Artist

Like the trickster archetype populating his works, Ren Zi is a digital and mixed media artist who occupies an in-between place that defies easy categorization. Much can be attributed to being a product of the syncretic multi-ethnic milieu of his country, as well as his education in both the sciences and the arts. He studied psychology, then became an advertising copywriter before embracing fine art as his vocation.

About the Moderator

Kyunghee Pyun is an assistant professor in the department of history of art at Fashion Institute of Technology. She is working on her new book, Modern Art on the Asian Soil: Practicing Western Art 1880–2000 and has published on the diaspora of Asian artists. Her other research interests include the global trade of decorative arts in premodern Eurasia and the Americas; the usage and reception of visual art in context of religious performance and liturgy; the interplay of word and image; and the history of art collections.

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
Reality Override: Mixed Media works by Ren Zi
On View September 9 to December 31, 2015
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery

 


chopsticks lecture

Chopsticks: A Cultural and Culinary History
Dr. Q. Edward Wang
Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 2:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

Free Admission!

Chopsticks have become a quintessential part of the Japanese, Chinese and Korean culinary experience across the globe, with more than one-fifth of the world's population using them daily to eat. In this talk on the culture, custom and history of chopsticks, Q. Edward Wang will chart their evolution from a simple eating implement in ancient times to their status as a much more complex cultural symbol today. He will also illustrate how chopstick use has influenced Asian cuisine and how, in turn, the cuisine continues to influence chopstick use, both in Asia and across the globe.

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A book signing will follow the lecture; books will be available for purchase.

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About the Speaker

Born and raised in Shanghai, Q. Edward Wang has lived in the United States for over a quarter of a century. Trained as a historian in both countries, he has taught and researched Asian and comparative history and historiography for several decades. He is now Professor of History and Coordinator of Asian Studies at Rowan University and Changjiang Professor of History at Peking University. A prolific author of a dozen books in both English and Chinese, Wang's major English publications include: Inventing China through History: The May Fourth Approach to Historiography (2001); Mirroring the Past: The Writing and Use of History in Imperial China (2005); A Global History of Modern Historiography (2008); and Chopsticks: A Cultural and Culinary History (2015).

 


kumi yamashita lecture

Artist Talk by Kumi Yamashita
Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 2:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

Free Admission!

Much of Kumi Yamashita's artwork begins with everyday objects such as building blocks, paper, numbers and thread. While employing these everyday objects, Ms. Yamashita transforms each one in something extraordinary. Ms. Yamashita will give an overview of her work and will discuss how she has recently been inspired by origami.

About the Artist

Born in Japan but now working in New York City, Kumi Yamashita’s work has been exhibited at venues both nationally and internationally, including including the Seattle Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Honolulu Museum of Art, and the Liverpool Biennial.

Ms. Yamashita received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Glasgow School of Art in the United Kingdom.

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RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
Origami Heaven
On View September 9 to December 31, 2015
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery, Video Gallery

LECTURE
Origami and the Making of Between the Folds
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 5 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

WORKSHOP
Fabric Origami Techniques with Wonju Seo
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Session 1: 1:00-2:30 PM | Session 2: 3:00-4:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

LECTURE
Modular Kirigami
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 6 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

WORKSHOP
12-Card Star Construction
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

WORKSHOP
Origami Heaven Retreat
October 31 - November 2, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook

 


origami lecture

Modular Kirigami
by George Hart
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 6 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

Free Admission!

Related to origami (paper folding) is kirigami (paper cutting) and just as modular origami involves assembling many identical pieces of folded paper, so modular kirigami involves assembling many identical pieces of cut paper to make a beautiful symmetric structure. This talk will be a highly visual introduction to the techniques of modular kirigami and some of the mathematical ideas that underlie it.

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About the Artist

George W. Hart is a research professor at Stony Brook University and an interdisciplinary sculptor, mathematician, computer scientist, and educator. His geometric sculpture is recognized around the world for its mathematical depth and creative use of materials. He is a pioneer in the use of computer technology and 3D printing in the design and fabrication of sculpture. Examples of his artwork can be seen at major universities, such as M.I.T., U.C. Berkeley, Duke University, Princeton University, and Stony Brook University. He is the associate editor for sculpture of the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts and is a co-founder of the Museum of Mathematics. Hart holds a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT (1977), an M.A. in Linguistics from Indiana University (1979), and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT (1987).

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
Origami Heaven
On View September 9 to December 31, 2015
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery, Video Gallery

LECTURE
Origami and the Making of Between the Folds
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 5 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

WORKSHOP
Fabric Origami Techniques with Wonju Seo
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Session 1: 1:00-2:30 PM | Session 2: 3:00-4:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

LECTURE
Artist Talk: Kumi Yamashita
Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 2:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

WORKSHOP
12-Card Star Construction
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

WORKSHOP
Origami Heaven Retreat
October 31 - November 2, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook

 


 

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