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exhibitionThe Charles B. Wang Center organizes groundbreaking exhibitions of traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian American art. Located on the first and second floors of the center, the center's galleries feature natural light and high ceilings appropriate for the display of innovative contemporary artworks, crafts, and masterpiece-quality traditional Asian works.


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Monday through Friday 10 AM - 8 PM
Saturdays & Sundays: 12 PM - 8 PM




Potasia: Potatoism in the East exhibit

Potasia: Potatoism in the East exhibit

Potasia: Potatoism in the East
March 15 through June 15, 2018
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

Potasia: Potatoism in the East features an insightful and entertaining survey of artworks with the potato as their central subject matter. The pieces showcase a wide spectrum of potatoes, in all manner of genres and situations—from the fantastical to the realistic, and from the comedic to the serious. The potato is not only a nutritious and earthy food but, as featured in these Asian artworks, it is also an egalitarian, versatile, multifaceted, multilingual, and multidisciplinary motif.

A diverse body of artworks examine the social, cultural, and political attitudes and ideas attached to the potato. With a focus on contemporary Asian art—featuring installations, sculpture, drawings, paintings, photos, videos, and even socialist propaganda posters—Potasia: Potatoism in the East highlights a number of curious and fascinating examples of the ubiquitous potato as represented in Asian popular culture in fine art, books, videos, cartoons, movies, songs, toys, and snacks.

By drawing on a long artistic and historical lineage, as well as by making contrasts and comparisons with diverse mediums, this exhibition illustrates the manifold creativity in the contemporary art world.

This exhibition is curated by Jinyoung Jin, director of cultural programs at the Charles B. Wang Center, and artist Jeffrey Allen Price.

The Charles B. Wang Center thanks North Fork Potato Chips for its in-kind donation of potato chips in support of the exhibit, Potasia: Potatoism in the East exhibition.

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Guided Exhibition Tour by Jeffrey Allen Price
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 @ 4:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

The Motif of Potatoes in Korean Media (Old and New)
Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 4 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

Potatoism: A Global History of Potato Art
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

Potato Prints
Friday, April 6, 2018 @ 10 AM–12 PM, 1–3 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Small Potatoes: Creating Crochet Amigurumi
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10 AM–12 PM, 1–3 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

North Korea: Addressing Human Needs in a Challenging Environment
Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 3 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I



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.

* The Charles B. Wang Center's exterior garden was cleaned up by Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity as part of their community service. A special thanks to Ahmed Shata, Andrew Zheng, Omar Sandresy, Dan Monessa, Dhaval Shah, and Brian Crosby. 


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.





sun k kwak poster

Space Drawing
by Sun K. Kwak

Long-Term Installation
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre Gallery

New York-based Korean American artist Sun K. Kwak's canvas is architectural space and her primary medium is black masking tape. Kwak achieves the effect painterly strokes by tearing away tape from the surfaces of architectural spaces. Her sprawling freehand strokes weave designs over surfaces to dramatic effect. Kwak creates a site-specific installation at the Charles B. Wang Center by creating lines that liberate the space, and in doing so, transforms the space into a new pictorial reality.


The Charles B. Wang Center thanks Shurtape for its donation of materials in support of this exhibition.

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