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SPAM, War, and Cuisine lecture poster

SPAM, War, and Cuisine
By Jaime Sunwoo
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 4 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I
Free Admission!

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Artist and playwright Jaime Sunwoo will discuss the history of the canned meat product SPAM and its significance in the history and cuisine of the Asia-Pacific. She will examine SPAM’s popularity in Korea, the Philippines, Okinawa, Guam, and Hawaii from its introduction during World War II and the Korean War. She will discuss her working process creating Specially Processed American Me, a performance and workshop series that uses SPAM to reflect on her Korean American upbringing, as well as share her family’s accounts of the Korean War and inspire conversations about war, colonization, immigration, and class. Sunwoo will also read a selection of stories collected from her community workshops. Attendees are welcome to submit their own SPAM-related stories and recipes.

Presented with partial support from the SBU Center for Korean Studies.

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About the Speaker

Jaime Sunwoo is a Korean American multidisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, New York. She combines video, audio, sculpture, and storytelling to create sensory performances in galleries, theaters, and public spaces. Her works are part playful, part tragic, and often examine food as a way to discuss identity, history, and death. She studied art at Yale University and is an alum of the Laundromat Project for socially engaged art. Her site-specific projects include The Creature at the DUMBO Arts Festival and interactive bar installation Earshot. She has collaborated with Whoop Dee Doo and has appeared on PBS's Art21. Her public works have been presented by STooPS Art Crawl and Art in Odd Places. Her current ongoing project, Specially Processed American Me, was shown at the OYE! Avant Garde Festival at JACK, the FailSafe Festival, the Asian American Arts Alliance, Gallery Madison Park, the Open Source Gallery, and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and it is currently in development through Leviathan Lab. Her website is jaimesunwoo.com.

 

 

 

Pluralism in the Devotional Islamic Art of South Asia lecture poster

Pluralism in the Devotional Islamic Art of South Asia
By Yousuf Saeed
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 4 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Free Admission!

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Among the vibrant examples of public art found in the towns and villages of India and Pakistan, the most popular are religious posters and calendars depicting deities, saints, and places of worship. Along with iconography of Hindu deities, a large number of Islamic posters that portray the shrines at Mecca and Medina or Quranic verses in calligraphy are also available, displayed beside portraits of local Sufi saints and their tombs, miracles, and other folklore.

Unhindered depiction of Sufi portraits in this popular culture often disrupts the stereotype of Islam’s iconoclasm and reveals nuanced sentiments of popular Muslim piety. These popular portraits and media also attract devotees to Hindu or Sufi shrines, despite such cultural hybridization being increasingly frowned upon by many Muslims influenced by puritanical Wahhabi ideology. Interestingly, Muslim artists or publishers do not necessarily produce all popular Islamic images. The publishing industry in South Asia doesn’t distinguish between the identities of the producers and consumers of these images, and by and large continues to remain largely syncretic.

This lecture by Yousuf Saeed features examples of popular visuality and rituals associated with Sufis and their shrines through images and videos. Two short documentary films, Basant (12 minutes) and Jannat ki Rail (7 minutes), will also be shown.

About the Speaker

Yousuf Saeed is a Delhi-based independent filmmaker and writer who currently manages Tasveer Ghar: A Digital Archive of South Asian Popular Visual Culture. Saeed has produced TV programs (like Turning Point on Indian TV network Doordarshan) and documentary films, including Basant, Khayal Darpan, Jannat ki Rail, and Khusrau Darya Prem ka, and has written for the Times of India, Marg, and other periodicals. He has researched and documented South Asia’s popular Islamic art and heritage, authoring a richly illustrated volume, Muslim Devotional Art in India (2017). Saeed has made lecturing and screening tours in the United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia. His website is http://yousufsaeed.com.

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
From Mecca to Sufi Shrines: Islamic Poster Art from South Asia
March 13 through May 5, 2019
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

 

 

 

 

ART CRAWL

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 @ 3 PM
Tour of the Simons Center Art Gallery, the University Libraries Special Collections, the Charles B. Wang Center, and the Zuccaire Gallery.
Reception will follow at the Zuccaire Gallery.
Free Admission!

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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 three to four galleries, visiting each for about 30 minutes, before ending with a reception.

The Charles B. Wang Center will offer a tour of the current exhibit, The Studio: Through a Surrealistic Lens, at 3 PM.

2:00 PM Simons Center Art Gallery

2:30 PM University Libraries Special Collections

3:00 PM Charles B. Wang Center

3:30 PM Zuccaire Gallery and Reception

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
The Studio: Through a Surrealistic Lens
Long-Term Installation
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre Gallery

 


Past Fall 2018 Lectures

Symposium poster

Symposium:
Virtual Journeys: Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture in the Digital Era

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 12–4 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

12:00–12:20
Opening remarks

12:20–12:50
Digital tour of the Yungang Grottoes Academy, by Dr. Ning Bo (Yungang Grottoes Research Institute) & Dr. Changyu Diao (Zhejiang University)

12:50–1:20
Fragments and Traces: Reconstituting the Central Binyang Cave of the Longmen Grottoes, by Dr. Fletcher John Coleman (University of Notre Dame)

1:20–1:30
Break

1:30–2:00
Touching the Past: Discovering and Turning Historical Buildings into a Digital Database, by Dr. Jianwei Zhang (Peking University)

2:00–2:30
Digital tour of the Dunhuang Grottoes and the Dazu Rock Carvings, by Dr. Wu-Wei Chen (NYU Shanghai)

2:30–3:00
Cultural Heritage in Dunhuang Conveyed in Digital Media: Creating the Animation for Cave 254 of the Mogao Caves by Qi Chen and Haitao Chen (Dunhuang Academy)

3:00–3:30
The God's Eye View: How Does Digital Visuality Create Knowledge?, by Dr. Di Luo (Wake Forest University)

3:30–4:00
Q&A session and break

5:00–7:00
Opening Reception

 

The symposium is sponsored by the China Center and the Confucius Institute of SBU as well as SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant (IITG)

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RELATED PROGRAMS

VIRTUAL REALITY DEMO
Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture in the Digital Era
Wednesdays, September 12–December 15, 218 @ 12 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

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

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

 

 

 

Building the Future of Asian Food Culture lecture poster

Building the Future of Asian Food Culture
By Danielle Chang, host of Lucky Chow
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 4 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall II (location change)

Please note that the event has been changed from October 8 to October 10.

In this wide-ranging lecture, Danielle Chang will discuss the intersection of Asian identity, food culture, and entrepreneurship. She will also share a sneak-peek of a segment for the national PBS series Lucky Chow that features the Wang Center; read an excerpt from her book Lucky Rice, which is about finding identity and culture through Asian food; and speak to the Stony Brook academic community about the power of voice and cultural entrepreneurship.

About the Speaker

Danielle Chang is the founder of LUCKYRICE, a culinary event and content production brand, as well as the creator and host of Lucky Chow, an award-winning national PBS series. As a cultural entrepreneur, she has spent the past twenty-five years building brands across numerous creative fields, spanning art, media, fashion, and food.

Based in Manhattan’s Chinatown, LUCKYRICE is a pioneering platform that connects global audiences through the universally appetizing lens of food and drink. Its signature LUCKYRICE Festival has expanded to eight U.S. markets and evolved into a definitive voice for Asian pop culture today. Danielle’s first book, Lucky Rice: Stories and Recipes from Night Markets, Feasts, and Family Tables, was published in 2017. Danielle was formerly the founder and publisher of Simplycity, a venture-backed, global women’s lifestyle media company and print magazine. Other businesses she founded include Xiao Bao Chinese, a Chinese language and cultural learning school in partnership with the Museum of the Chinese in America, and ArtWalk Art Tours of SoHo.

 

 

 

ART CRAWL

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 1:30 PM
Tour of the Charles B. Wang Center, Zuccaire Gallery, University Libraries Special Collections, and Simons Center Gallery.
Reception will follow at 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 three to four galleries, visiting each for about 30 minutes, before ending with a reception.

The Charles B. Wang Center will offer a VR tour of the current exhibit, Virtual Journeys: Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture in the Digital Era, at 1:30 PM.

1:30 PM Charles B. Wang Center

2:00 PM Zuccaire Gallery

2:30 PM University Libraries Special Collections

3:00 PM Simons Center

3:30 PM Reception, Simons Center

Art Crawl is funded by the Presidential Mini-grant for Departmental Diversity.

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

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

VIRTUAL REALITY DEMO
Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture in the Digital Era
Wednesdays, September 12–December 15, 218 @ 12 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

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

 

 

 


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