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Fall 2011 Exhibitions

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 through Thursday, September 15, 2011
Peace Tree 9/11 Exhibition

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Charles B. Wang Center, Zodiac Lobby

Marking the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Peace Tree 9/11 features works by artists from around the world – including the United States, Europe, and Asia – submitted in response to a call for art. Comprising paper sculptures constructed in numerous styles, the exhibition is inspired by the paper cranes folded by mourners in the aftermath of 9/11. Peace Tree 9/11 engages its audience in contemplation of peace, solidarity, and social justice, and seeks to transcend the political, ethnic, and sectarian tensions that so often emerge in response to tragedy. Members of the community are invited to  contribute their own offerings of peace and remembrance, for display alongside the memorial tree.  

An opening reception and ceremony takes place on September 7, 2011 at 1PM. Light refreshments will be served. The closing reception and ceremony will take place on September 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm. The exhibition and receptions are free and open to the public. 

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Tuesday, October 4 through Sunday, November 6

Recycling and Reincarnation: Exhibition of Public Art, Image Communication and Industrial Design
Charles B. Wang Center, Zodiac Lobby and NichesOXYGEN (BIAN CONGJUAN)

At a time when issues of sustainability and environmentalism are increasingly the focus of public attention (and often controversy), Recycling and Reincarnation: Exhibition of Industrial Design, Installation and Mixed Media Art features works from artists affiliated with East China Normal University in Shanghai, PRC. Recycling and Reincarnation explores the connections of recycling as an environmental or industrial practice with cyclicality of life, spirit, and history. Some works are artistic reflections or meditations on these themes, while others imagine creative sustainable technology.

The exhibition is accompanied by an artistic exchange, in which Stony Brook University welcomes artists and faculty from East China Normal University for a workshop and artists’ panel. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet these international artists and intellectuals at our opening reception, or to hear their ideas at the panel!

Presented by Stony Brook University's Office of the President; The Confucius Institute; Charles B. Wang Center; and East China Normal University in Shanghai, People's Republic of China; in collaboration with Stony Brook University's Department of Art.

Exhibition: October 4 – November 6, 2011

Opening Reception: October 4, 2011at 4:30 pm, Wang Center

Artists’ Panel: October 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm, Lecture Hall 1

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Summer 2011 Exhibitions

Saturday, July 30, 2011 through Friday, August 5, 2011
Origami: The Wang Way! Exhibition

Charles B. Wang Center, Room 201Origami Heaven

Come celebrate the ultimate Long Island Origami experience at the Charles B. Wang Center. Origami Heaven 2011 interprets Long Island’s largest Asian-American cultural center through the intricate art form that creates sculpture from folded paper. Inspired by spaces of the building – from the bamboo garden to the interdenominational chapel to the gift shop to the Chinese Zodiac fountains – origami artists from throughout the world recreate the Wang Center aesthetic in their one-of-a-kind sculptures.

Exhibition Hours:

Monday through Friday: 10:00AM to 6:00PM

Saturday: 10:00AM to 7:00PM

Sunday: 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Daily folding sessions with an expert folder, open to the public, take place daily from 12:00PM to 1:00PM in Wang Center Room 201.

Suggested donation of $5.00

This exhibition coincides with the Origami Heaven Festival, held at the Wang Center on Wednesday, August 3 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM.  

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Spring 2011 Exhibitions

April 25, 2011 to May 27, 2011

Erasing Borders: Art from the Indian Diaspora

Opening Reception with Performance:

April 26, 6:30 pm, Wang Center

Artists’ Panel:

April 26, 4:30, Lecture Hall 1
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Erasing Borders 2011 is a richly provocative exhibition of work by artists of the Indian diaspora who confront iss ues of sexuality, terror, disease, the environment, racial and sectarian politics and the fluidity of identities in painting, prints, installations, video, and sculpture. With great technical mastery and diversity of theme and style, these works combine traditional Indian aesthetics with Western elements, and speak to the powerful experience of personal and cultural dislocation in the global village.

The opening reception for the exhibition features two newly commissioned dance works performed by Stony Brook University students and faculty: Amy Yopp Sullivan’s Sensorium, in which dancers discover and delight in the new and different in an ethereal dance journey through the artworks; and Malini Srinivasan’s Stealing the Queen’s Royal Jelly, which responds to Reet Das’s painting of the same name by enacting the imagined lives of bees as they collect honey and build a hive.

The reception is preceded by an interactive artists’ panel, which will foreground discussions of the creative process and the experience of diaspora.  In its 8th year, Erasing Borders is curated by Vijay Kumar and produced by the Indo-American Arts Council.

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Erasing Borders Multimedia Screenings

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 from 6 pm to 7 pm in the Chapel

Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 6 pm to 7 pm in the Zodiac Gallery

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 1 pm to 2 pm in the Zodiac Gallery

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 from 1 pm to 2 pm in the Zodiac Gallery

Sara Suleman’s multimedia work explores emotion through the investigation of ethereal and formal qualities of everyday materials in two pieces, Suleman's Converge (2010)  and Seen/Unseen(2010). As she creates new meanings through a juxtaposition of Eastern and Western sensibilities, Mumtaz Hussain does the same in Soul of Civilization (2010). With technical and stylistic influences spanning regions and centuries, from ancient archaeology to traditional calligraphy to modern mixed media techniques, his work straddles the cultural divide that separates his native Pakistan from his current life in New York.


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