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The Way of Tea in Asia
September 7 through December 10, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

Many countries around the world have a long history of tea: tea drinking, tea manufacturing, arts and crafts associated with tea vessels and sets, and even literature and songs devoted to the virtues of this widespread, ancient drink. Tea has been grown in many regions in Asia for thousands of years, and has always been prized as a medicinal herb, as a gift of hospitality, and as an everyday beverage. However, how a country or culture thinks of and experiences the deep meaning of tea, both in the past and in the present, can vary greatly. This exhibition highlights various tea cultures in Asia—touching Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, India, Taiwan, Tibet, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, among others—through a visual display and comparison of distinctive types of tea vessels. Each vessel—unique in terms of material, size, shape, and quality—will speak volumes on its origin country's tea culture and social history.

This exhibition is curated by Jinyoung Jin, director of cultural programs at the Charles B. Wang Center. It is supported by Special Collections at SBU Libraries, the Center for Korean Studies at SBU, the Japan Center at SBU, the Korea Society, Globus Washitsu, the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences (Calcutta), the Priya Paul Collection, and various private collections. 

 

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ART CRAWL
Guided Exhibition Tour by Kuniji Tsubaki
Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 4:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

WORKSHOP
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Sundays, September–December, 2017 @ 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 1:45 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

WORKSHOP
Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Ceramics
Fridays, October, 13, 20, 27, 2017 @ 3 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

LECTURE
The Fundamentals of Chinese Tea
Saturday, April 13, 2017 @ 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

 

 

 

OM Lab poster

OM Lab
September 7 through December 10, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery

"OM" is a sacred syllable, central to many Asian religious traditions for more than three thousand years. The sound has been called "elemental" and "universal," often serving as a preface to prayers and chants. OM Lab is a participatory space where visitors can step into a recording booth and offer up their own chant of this ancient Sanskrit mantra. Visitors will learn about the enduring significance of this sacred syllable and become a part of its storied history by adding their voices to a collective chant. Hear 10,000 previously collected recordings in the Rubin Museum of Art's exhibition The World Is Sound (June 16, 2017 - January 8, 2018). Receive 50% off admission when you mention "Stony Brook" at the Rubin Museum.

OM Lab is organized by the Rubin Museum of Art with generous support from HARMAN.

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RELATED PROGRAM

WORKSHOP
Vinyasa Yoga Flow with "OM" chant
Sunday, September 17, 2017 @ 9 AM
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery Lobby

 

 

Simplicity Over Complexity poster

Simplicity Over Complexity
Long-Term Installation
Charles B. Wang Center Outdoor Garden

Brooklyn-based Korean American artist Jongil Ma revives the Charles B. Wang Center's outdoor garden with architecturally woven sculptures, using varying lengths and types of thin wooden strips, both in their raw state and dyed in color. Three large, site-specific installations balance the positive with the negative, tranquility with tension, and stillness with movement. The installations interact with the Wang Center's architecture and spatial dynamics, transforming the garden through a multiplicity of viewing possibilities.

 

 

 

Zen Rock Garden poster

Zen Rock Garden
Long-Term Installation
Charles B. Wang Center Outdoor Garden

Located on the first floor, in between the meeting rooms 101 and 102 at the Charles B. Wang Center, this Japanese rock garden (枯山水 karesansui) was created by Gerard Senese and his wife Hiroko Uraga-Senese as a tribute to the appreciation of Japanese culture. Japanese gardens are rich with symbolism, and they are usually created with certain meanings and wishes in mind. The Wang Center's new Zen garden features symbols of Buddhist paradises with a tortoise islet (kame-jima) and a crane islet (tsuru-jima). Made with rocks, the tortoise symbolizes prosperity and the crane symbolizes health and good luck.

 

 

 


Spring 2017 Exhibitions

africans in india exhibit

Africans in India:
From Slaves to Generals and Rulers

March 8 through May 6, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery

Curated by Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute and Kenneth X. Robbins, a collector and expert in Indian art, this groundbreaking exhibition retraces the lives and achievements of Africans in the Indian subcontinent from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.

This exhibition, the first of its kind, features over 100 photographic reproductions of paintings and contemporary photographs documenting the lives and achievements of some of the East African diaspora in India, known as Habshis and Siddis.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Mattoo Center for India Studies and supported by the Humanities Institute, the Departments of History and Africana Studies, and the Faculty of Arts,  and Social Sciences at Stony Brook University.

 

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RELATED PROGRAMS

LECTURE
Africans in India
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 @ 5 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

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

 

 

 

wanderluster in asia poster

Mark Edward Harris:
A Wanderluster in Asia

March 8 through May 31, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

More photographs are taken today than ever before, but most are now made with mobile phones, not stand-alone cameras. As the camera falls increasingly out of trend, this exhibition brings it and the photographer’s journey back in focus. Mark Edward Harris has traveled to and taken photographs in more than 90 countries. The exhibition focuses on his travels in Asia, including China, Japan, North and South Korea, Iran, India, Nepal, Myanmar, and Vietnam, complete with an impressive display of quality photographs. Streams of Harris’s humanistic photographs of daily life refocuses the viewer’s attention beyond social injustice and politics.

 

RELATED PROGRAM

LECTURE
The Fine Art of Travel Photography
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 @ 11:30 AM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

 

 

christine sun kim poster

LAUTPLAN
By Christine Sun Kim
From March 20, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

A Site-Specific Installation

Christine Sun Kim is an American sound artist who has been deaf since birth. She first began her career as a visual artist, but she became more versatile with sound, video, and performance art. Kim uses sound as an artistic medium to investigate and rationalize her relationship with sound and spoken languages.

With works that combine performance, installation, and video, Kim presents a visualized sound installation entitled LAUTPLAN, which was inspired by her experience of living opposite a church with bells that rang daily. She discusses how her notion of bells has evolved, incorporating images, videos, sound files, and stories of visiting the church she could see from her window.

Drawing from her own life to explore the physically expressive and communicative nature of sound, Kim finds new ways to bring art to the deaf community. Kim has been exhibited and has performed at various institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hull House Museum in Chicago, the Calder Foundation in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Berlin Biennale, and Art Basel in Hong Kong. She was named as TED Fellow twice and gave a TED Talk at the 2016 conference.

 

RELATED PROGRAM

LECTURE
LAUTPLAN
Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

 

 

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