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August 2021 at Charles B. Wang Center

A Letter from the Director

Dear Colleagues and Friends of the Center,

It is my great pleasure to provide an overview of the fall 2021 activities of the Charles B. Wang Center. Admittedly, it has been a challenge, in light of the ongoing threat of COVID-19, political instability, and the rising rate of hate crimes and discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans. However, we start Again with many engaging programs, both in-person and online. Brooklyn-based artist Seongmin Ahn created a mural, Again (on view September 8, 2021–May 31, 2022), in five languages that conveys a visually powerful message of hope and bonds.

Our Stories Carried Us Here (September 8–December 10, 2021), our latest exhibition, presents engaging and provocatively emotional stories of immigrants and refugees through graphic novels. It is on display at a timely moment when raising awareness of immigrants, refugees, and more is coming to the fore and when we must engage with society’s complicated social and political contexts through diverse perspectives.

We also continue our offerings of lectures and workshops that enrich a deeper understanding of Asian art and culture. Our major new initiative this year is supported by the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation, Korea, and the Academy of Korean Studies. We will present five video essays in collaboration with Dartmouth College that examine modern Korean art and more. The creation of this online content is to allow us to imagine, create, build, and be inspired by art, unimpeded by borders. Art connects us to the world and brings the learner, whomever and wherever they are, into the conversation.

We hope to welcome you at the Charles B. Wang Center.

With best wishes,

Jinyoung A. Jin, Ph.D.
Director of Cultural Programs