Events at the Wang Center
By Jule Waibel
The Miao people of Guizhou Province in southwest China are well known for their indigo-dyed pleated skirts. Pleating is an ancient technique that remains vibrant in contemporary fashion. Jule Waibel, a fashion designer and multimedia artist, skillfully incorporates pleats in her art, fashion, and performances. By emphasizing the beauty of pleats, Waibel adds emotion, surprise, and humor to her work. She will reveal how you can create your own pleated textiles by utilizing origami techniques and geometry.
1. Basic: Zig Zag Fold
This workshop teaches you the basic folding of zig zag. Participants will learn the foundational techniques of paper folding step by step and be ready to move on to create a keychain and vase fold.
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2. LEVEL I: Folded Key Chain (For Beginners)
This workshop takes an innovative approach to paper folding. Participants will learn the foundational techniques of paper folding step by step. Through the study of geometry, you will be able to turn a flat sheet of paper into a kinetic 3D object. Participants will use a traditional paper-folding pattern to create a keychain designed by Jule Waibel.
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2. LEVEL II: Folded Vase (For the Advanced)
This more advanced workshop takes an innovative approach to paper folding. Participants will learn the basics and traditional techniques of paper folding step by step. Through the study of geometry, you will be able to turn a flat sheet of paper into a kinetic 3D object. Participants will use a traditional paper-folding pattern to create a vessel designed by Jule Waibel.
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Supported by the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation, Korea, Korean Art Alive is a free online learning resource of Korean art and culture, created with the collaboration of leading Korean art collections in the United States.
This video essay features particular cultural moments in Korean history through men’s hat fashion, examining Korean men’s inner struggles between classes, identities, cultures, masculinities, and modernity.
This video essay examines chaekgeori paintings to reveal how exotic and foreign objects, ideas, and painting techniques from the West traveled to Korea.
The Story of Modern Korean Art is a series of video essays about modern Korean art, culture, politics, philosophy, and more. Supported by the Academy of Korean Studies, the program is co-presented by Dartmouth College and Stony Brook University’s Charles B. Wang Center.
Can a painting be valid as a form of historical truth? Does art have a subjective impact that is more visceral and intense compared to photography? Can painting be a tool to seek social justice? This video essay decodes and reexamines an established narrative in art.
Who are the female artists of modern Korean art? Why are they not part of the modern art canon? This video essay takes a groundbreaking look at cultural history and the legacies of Korean women artists who challenged gender, social roles, and identity issues.
Modernism is a Western construct that became a global movement through the colonial aggression of the West. How does Korean modern art parallel the global modern art movement? This video essay brings a historical perspective to how modern Korean art was constructed and transformed through the art and lives of Korean modernists.
Past Spring 2022 Programs
Presented by Kim'C Market
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Theatre Gallery Lobby
Whether it’s Losar in Tibet, Tet in Vietnam, Seollal in Korea, or Chinese New Year in China, the Lunar New Year is celebrated in vastly different ways all across Asia and in Asian American homes in the United States. But there is one common theme: food! And usually lots of it. Rice cake soup is an especially important staple of Lunar New Year festivities in much of Asia, including China, Korea, and Japan. It symbolizes turning a year older, and consuming it on New Year's Day is believed to bring longevity, good health, and fortune. This special workshop will offer you a taste of rice cake soup from Korea to hopefully bring three times fortune this year!
Friday, March 4, 2022 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Join us in saying goodbye to the Year of Ox and welcoming the Year of the Tiger at the Wang Center’s signature Lunar New Year Festival! May art and culture bring you good fortune by marking the Year of the Tiger, one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, with Chinese lion, fan, and ribbon dances and Peking opera with full costumes and authentic music that will engage you in fun and educational ways.
The dances and performances are presented by the New York Chinese Cultural Center.
(2020 | 22 minutes | Documentary | Directed by Fellipe Lopes)
On view online from March 1 through March 31, 2022
Textile Mountain exposes the social and environmental cost of the second-hand clothing trade, tracing the path of our unwanted garments from recycling bins in Europe to landfills and waterways in the Global South. Shot in Kenya, Ireland, and Belgium, this film calls on us to reimagine the way we design, wear, and reuse our clothes so that our fashion waste no longer becomes another country’s burden.
The documentary was produced by the Irish Environmental Network as part of the Wardrobe Change campaign.
By Susan C. Sato
Session 1: Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Session 2: Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Must attend both sessions!
Garment repair can be so much more than a chore. You can enliven your clothes with patterns, textures, and embellishments, as seen in Chinese, Japanese Boro, and Indian Kantha traditions. Instead of throwing away torn or damaged pieces of clothing or fabric, participants in this workshop will learn how this kind of damage offers the opportunity to create new surface designs that enhance the original’s beauty while creating a story that relates the object’s history. Participants will also explore recent trends of patching, upcycling, and extending the life of clothing. Susan C. Sato will impart two different techniques to layer scrap fabric to cover holes, along with how to use sashiko threads and stitches to hold the fabric in place. All work is done by hand. Learn something new and add to your signature style!
About the Instructor
While going through an old trunk at her mother’s home over twenty years ago, Susan C. Sato found her grandfather’s kimono with his kamon, or family crest, on it. From then on, she knew that sewing in the traditional Japanese style was the path to follow. Sato started quilting with Japanese fabrics, incorporating the Sashiko form of hand-sewing. Her work would inspire her to teach, and she began to provide classes in Sashiko, Boro, and Shibori fabric dyeing traditions before branching out to Japanese free-form design classes. She is the founder of easypiecing.com.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Tour of the Charles B. Wang Center, the Zuccaire Gallery, the Alloway Gallery, the Central Reading Room, and the Simons Center Gallery.
Stony Brook University hosts a variety of renowned art galleries that provide unique spaces 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 four to five galleries, visiting each for about 30 minutes.
The Charles B. Wang Center will offer a guided tour by exhibition co-curator Lee Chinalai at 3:00 PM at the Skylight Gallery and a full lecture at 4:00 PM at the Wang Theatre.
1:00 | Simons Center Gallery
1:30 | Melville Library, Lawrence Alloway Memorial Gallery, Level 1
2:00 | Melville Library, Central Reading Room, Level 1
2:30 | Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center
3:00 | Charles B. Wang Center
4:00 | Lecture: "Power, Protection, Prestige: Tribal Blankets of Southern China" at Charles B. Wang Center
5:00 | Opening Reception at Charles B. Wang Center
By Lee Chinalai
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Even little children understand that there is something magical about a blanket. Focusing on tribal blankets from southern China as a microcosm for the world, Lee Chinalai explores the hidden cultural and symbolic meanings, extraordinary craft, and roles in the social, economic, and spiritual interactions of blankets in culture.
By Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Discussion and Q&A led by Prof. Timothy K. August, associate professor of English at SBU.
In her viral New Yorker essay “America Ruined My Name for Me,” Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen examines how identity is shaped by names and naming. She will talk about how that essay came to be, what it means to have a “difficult” name, what it means to be Asian American in our current moment, and why the subject of names is always political.
About the Presenter
Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen is the author of three books, all with Viking Penguin: her memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner and the novels Short Girls and Pioneer Girl. Her awards and honors include an American Book Award, a PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center, a Bread Loaf fellowship, and Best Book of the Year honors from the Chicago Tribune and Library Journal. Nguyen's work has also appeared in numerous anthologies and publications, including the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the New York Times, and Literary Hub. Her most recent book, Owner of a Lonely Heart, is a memoir in essays forthcoming from Scribner. Nguyen received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, where she won Hopwood Awards in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She is currently a professor in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
(2014 | 47 minutes | Historical documentary | Directed by David Dworsky and Victor
On view online from April 1 through April 30, 2022
The Next Black is a documentary that brings together designers, innovators, and leaders from around the globe for an open discussion on the concept of clothing. It probes beyond what we are wearing to examine how we produce clothes, how we interact with them, and how we care for them. The film looks at how evolving textiles and technologies affect the creation of clothing, as well as at growing concerns about sustainability.
Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
For more information, visit https://www.stallercenter.com/communityartcrawl.php
Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery
Staller Center at Stony Brook University
Charles B. Wang Center
Stony Brook University
90 N. Country Rd., Setauket
The Reboli Center for Art and History
64 Main St., Stony Brook
The Jazz Loft
275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook
Long Island Explorium
101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson
Saturday, May 7, 2022 @ 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Rain or Shine)
Charles B. Wang Center
$10 (Children ages 6–12)
Free for children ages 5 and under
Admission includes all film viewings, workshops, and theater presentations.
Welcome spring to Long Island with the blooming of sakura (cherry blossoms), the sounds of taiko drums, and a wondrous array of Japanese cultural exhibits at the Wang Center! The Wang Center will provide many exciting activities, including Koto plays, Japanese traditional dances, martial arts demonstrations, calligraphy workshops, ikebana flower arrangement, tea workshops, manga drawing, origami paper folding, kimono dress-ups, and cosplay (costumed role-play of a Japanese manga character) for all ages. Please join us in your favorite manga character costume.
This festival is co-produced by the Japan Center at Stony Brook University and the Ryu Shu Kan Japanese Arts Center.
Friday, May 13, 2022 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
When a young Miao girl named Kiab follows a giant butterfly, she finds a silver needle in a river inhabited by a frightful dragon. Could this needle help her overcome her affliction as she embroiders her sister's wedding skirt? Inspired by folk tales from the Miao—a mountain-dwelling people who live in China, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand—Caroline and Suzanne Borderies (puppeteers), Mirna Lekic (pianist), and David McCorkle (narrator) produce a stunning shadow puppet show with spare, intricate illustrations and a lighting palette that moves from black and white to riotous color. This Miao folk story and the ravishing traditional costumes have the feel of a modern fairy tale. The show will be accompanied by live music.