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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.

Free and open to the public.

If you have questions about gallery hours, please contact us. Please note that hours are subject to change due to special events or university holidays / closures.

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


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Virtual Journeys: Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture in the Digital Era
September 12 through December 15, 2018
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

Virtual Journeys: Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture in the Digital Era is an innovative exhibition that uses VR technology to transport you to China to admire and explore Buddhist cave art. It showcases five famous ancient Buddhist sites of China: the Dunhuang Grottoes, the Dazu Rock Carvings, the Kaihuasi Monastery, the Yungang Grottoes, and the Longmen Grottoes.

From the 4th through 14th centuries, hundreds of caves were painstakingly carved out of the cliffsides by hand, all under the sponsorship of Buddhist monks, local officials, and wealthy families who wished to accrue karmic merit and perform acts of veneration. These decorated cave walls and ceilings are covered with elaborate paintings that depict stories of the Buddha, Buddhist sutras, ornamental designs, scenes of social and commercial life, and portraits of the projects’ sponsors. The caves also contain brightly painted clay sculptures of the Buddha and other figures, the largest sculpture being over 100 feet tall. Unfortunately, many artifacts and places of ancient Chinese cultural heritage are disappearing for reasons not limited to natural disasters. The erosion of time, human destruction, war, urban development, expanding tourism, and lack of preservation technologies for excavated archaeological findings all contribute to an ongoing erasure of a fascinating past.

With rapid developments in computer science and achievements in the fields of graphic technology, digital image processing, and artificial intelligence, this exhibition celebrates the potential impact of VR on art, culture, education, and curatorial practice and provides new opportunities to conserve, restore, and research our historical past.

Special thanks to Dr. Di Luo (Wake Forest University), Dr. Wu-Wei Chen (NYU Shanghai), Dr. Jianwei Zhang (Peking University), Dr. Fletcher John Coleman (Harvard University), Dr. Changyu Diao (Zhejiang University), Dunhuang Academy, the Longmen Grottoes Research Institute, and the Yungang Grottoes Research Institute in China.

The exhibition is co-organized by the Charles B. Wang Center and the China Center/Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University.

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Virtual Journeys: Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture in the Digital Era
Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 12 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture in the Digital Era
Every Wednesday from September 12 – December 5, 2018

12 PM – 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery
Free Admission but RSVP is required.

Limited to 20 people per day.

Guided Exhibition Tour
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery


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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. 


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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.





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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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