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Fall 2017 Lectures

The Dawn of Korean Design lecture

ART CRAWL

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 3 PM
Tour Alloway Gallery, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center (Stony Brook Library Special Collections Seminar Room), Zuccaire Gallery, and Charles B. Wang Center.
Reception will follow at the Charles B. Wang Center

 

Stony Brook University is host to a variety of renowned art galleries that provide unique environments 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. Mr. Kuniji Tsubaki, the designer of Modern Tea Suitcase for globetrotters, will introduce the essence of Japanese way of tea at 4:30 PM at the Wang Center on September 14.

 

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 3 PM
Tour Simons Center, Stony Brook Library Special Collections, and Zuccaire Gallery.
Reception will follow at the Zuccaire Gallery

 

 

The Dawn of Korean Design lecture

The Dawn of Korean Design: Vibrant Modernism in Early 20th Century Korea
By Arm Jong Park
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

Park Arm Jong, the director of the Modern Design Museum in Seoul, will map the everyday changes of the material landscape of Korea during the Japanese occupation (1910–1945). Drawing on a wide range of visual resources, Park will explain how new commodities rapidly became part of the texture of everyday life in this tumultuous period.

About the Speaker

An avid design collector and scholar of Korean design history, Park Arm Jong founded the Modern Design Museum in 2007. He is also a professor of visual communication design at Sun Moon University.

 

 

Geisha Apprentice lecture

Millennial Maiko: The Geisha Apprentice in Japanese Popular Culture
By Dr. Jan Bardsley
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1:00–2:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

Images of maiko (apprentice geisha) greet tourists at numerous sites in Kyoto, embodying the ancient Japanese capital in its cutest, most welcoming form. Although only about seventy-five young women work as apprentice geisha today, representations of maiko abound in the city.

Perky maiko grace maps, menus, and city posters, and even make it onto post-it notes, hand towels, and cappuccino designs. Avid fans of maiko go to photo studios in Kyoto where they can dress up as maiko themselves. For an extra fee, these fans can walk in the geisha districts in full costume, taking photos of their maiko moment. This cosplay attracts Japanese and international tourists of all ages. Unlike the revered artifacts and heroes of Kyoto's past, the maiko inspire play and fun. Exploring Kyoto through this lens, how do the maiko, as "cool Japan" and "Kyoto kawaii" (cute), frame "old Japan" itself as an inviting consumable? Why has the teenage maiko displaced the more adult geisha as the Kyoto fantasy femme? And what do we learn about girlhood today in Japan as we contrast this good-girl maiko image to a host of other popular representations of girls in millennial Japan?

About the Speaker

Jan Bardsley, professor of Asian studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializes in Japanese humanities and women's studies. She is the author of Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan (2014) and The Bluestockings of Japan: New Women Fiction and Essays from Seitō, 1911–1916 (2007), which was awarded the 2011 Hiratsuka Raichō Prize by Japan Women's University. With Laura Miller, she has co-edited two books: Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan (2011) and Bad Girls of Japan (2005). She is co-producer/director, with Joanne Hershfield, of the documentary Women in Japan: Memories of the Past, Dreams for the Future (2002). She is currently working on two book projects: a cultural history of beauty contests in Japan, and a study of representations of maiko in contemporary Japanese popular culture.

 

 

travel photography lecture

The Fundamentals of Chinese Tea
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 3 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel
The lecture will be accompanied by tea tasting.

Tea is to Chinese culture like wine is to the French. Come and learn about this magical plant that is thought to have a soul. In this lecture, Shunan Teng will explore the six categories of teas, their brewing, and their distinct taste profiles. Attendees will also learn the long and fascinating history of tea and scratch the surface of terroir, varietal teas, and tea crafting. Tea is so ancient, yet continues to evolve and innovate. New trends in tea, such as Pu'er (or Pu-erh), will provide participants with a foundation to tea connoisseurship.

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About the Speaker

Shunan Teng is the founder and CEO of Tea Drunk, a New York City-based teahouse that has become a destination for those seeking exceptional tea and tea knowledge. Teng is known for her relentless pursuit of tea knowledge and her work in preserving Chinese tea traditions. She travels to historic tea mountains in China every year to harvest and make tea alongside the heritage farmers. She has also been featured as a speaker at many venues and institutes, including Yale University and World Tea Expo. She has set up an authentic Chinese teahouse at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is the educator for TED Ed lesson "The History of Tea."

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
The Way of Tea in Asia
On View September 7–December 10, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

 

 

 

Finding Peace in Stressful Times Through the Practice of Meditation

Tuesdays, November 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, & 19, 2017 at 12- 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel
Free Admission!

*This program is free and open to SBU employees and students ONLY.

Surrounded by distractions, demands from others, and the pressures of school and work? Caught up in the fast pace of our lives, with over-packed schedules, and continuous input from electronic devices? Add to that the typical challenges of life such as illness and financial stress, sometimes the demands on us seem far greater than we can handle, and we can feel "under attack" from all directions! Can we find a quiet, centered place to dwell within the chaos? Come to this workshop to learn how to overcome "overwhelm" through the practice of meditation and start to experience a deep and authentic inner peace.

The six-week series will take place each Tuesday from 12-1pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Chapel. Weekly details can be found below:

  • Week 1 (11/14): What is Meditation?
  • Week 2 (11/21): Understanding the Mind
  • Week 3 (11/28): Transforming Challenges and Adversity
  • Week 4 (12/5): Letting Go of Anxiety
  • Week 5 (12/12): The Power of Patient Acceptance
  • Week 6 (12/19): Abiding in Clarity

Space is extremely limited; don't delay, sign up today!

This program is provided in partnership with the Kadampa Meditation Center Long Island and is sponsored by Healthier U.

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Spring 2017 Lectures

travel photography lecture

The Fine Art of Travel Photography
By Mark Edward Harris
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:30AM–1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

Mark Edward Harris walks through his journey as a photojournalist and explores how to create extraordinary travel photography—images that go far beyond the simple “I was here” photograph. Budding photojournalists will learn how to photograph beautiful landscapes and townscapes, as well as powerful environmental portraits and photo essays—pictures that tell a story.

About the Artist

Mark Edward Harris is a photojournalist who has made a life out of exploring the world, capturing and documenting his experiences. He has traveled to more than 90 countries and has published several books on photography, including Faces of the Twentieth Century: Master Photographers and Their Work, The Way of the Japanese Bath, Wanderlust, Inside North Korea, and Inside Iran. He has won numerous awards, such as the “Photography Book of the Year" from the International Photography Awards, the CLIO Award, and an Aurora Gold Award.

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
Mark Edward Harris: A Wanderluster in Asia
On View March 8 through May 31, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

 

 

 

africans in india lecture

Africans in India
By Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:00–7:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

Many Africans traveled to India as slaves and traders, and a number of them eventually settled there and played important roles in India’s complex history of kingdoms, conquests, and wars. Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf, the exhibition curator, will discuss the shared history of India and Africa in trade, music, religion, arts, and architecture.

About the Speaker

Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf is an award-winning historian of the African Diaspora. She is the director of the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. A recipient of the Rosa Parks Award, the Dr. Betty Shabazz Achievement Award, and the Pen and Brush Achievement Award, she has curated digital and on-site exhibitions on the Black Power movement, Africans in India, African-American migrations, the abolition of the slave trade, the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean world, and the black world in the 20th century. She is the author of nine books and the editor of two.

 

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition, Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers and in partnership with the Mattoo Center for India Studies.

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RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers
On View March 8 through May 6, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery

LECTURE
South Asia, Africa, and Indian Ocean Connections
Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 12 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

LECTURE
Malik Ambar and the Making of the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World
Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

 

 

 

christine sun kim lecture

LAUTPLAN
By Christine Sun Kim
Monday, March 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Lecture will be followed by the reception.

Christine Sun Kim is an American sound artist who has been deaf since birth. She uses sound as an artistic medium to investigate and rationalize her relationship with sound and spoken languages.

With works that combine performance, installation, and video, Kim presents a visualized sound installation and a talk entitled LAUTPLAN, which was inspired by her experience of living opposite a church with bells that rang daily. She discusses how her notion of bells has evolved, incorporating images, videos, sound files, and stories of visiting the church she could see from her window.

Drawing from her own life to explore the physically expressive and communicative nature of sound, Kim finds new ways to bring art to the deaf community.

About the Artist

Christine Sun Kim first began her career as a visual artist, but she became more versatile with sound, video, and performance art. She has been exhibited and has performed at various institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hull House Museum in Chicago, the Calder Foundation in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Berlin Biennale, and Art Basel in Hong Kong. She was named as TED Fellow twice and gave a TED Talk at the 2016 conference.

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
LAUTPLAN
On View from March 20, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

 

 

 

korean dress conference

Documenting Korean Costume: Primary Sources and New Interpretations
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

The legacy of Korean dress, as seen in archaeological findings and museum artifacts, will be analyzed in the comparison to the dress and fashions of other Asian countries. Korean dress and accessories have evolved into different and varied forms in modern times. Historians and prominent practitioners of dress-making and jewelry crafting will present modern applications of centuries-old traditions of Korean dress in contemporary arts and designs. This group of leading experts will also discuss the development of Korean dress and highlight how it is deeply related to political and economic aspects of Korean history.

The conference is sponsored by the Academy of Korean Studies Grant.

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Click the images below to view additional information about the Conference.

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Book Your hotel at Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook! Rooms are available at discounted rate.

Group Name: Documenting Korean Costume Conference
Group Code: DKCC
Check-in: 23-MAR-2017
Check-out: 25-MAR-2017
Hotel Name: Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook
Hotel Address: 1 Circle Road
  Stony Brook, New York 11794
Phone Number: 631-941-2980
Rate: $130/ night + tax

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

WORKSHOP
Documenting Korean Costume: Primary Sources and New Interpretations
Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 9:00 AM–1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

 

 

 

SAAI ocean connections lecture

South Asia, Africa, and Indian Ocean Connections
By Dr. Eric Beverley & Dr. Shobana Shankar
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 12:00–1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

In conjunction with the exhibit Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers, Dr. Eric Beverley and Dr. Shobana Shankar will host a roundtable discussion tracing the importance of African–South Asian connections in world history.

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers
On View March 8 through May 6, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery

LECTURE
Africans in India
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

LECTURE
Malik Ambar and the Making of the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World
Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

 

 

 

Art Crawl: A Guided Tour of Campus Galleries
Friday, April 7, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery

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The Art Crawl is a free event with guided tours of all the Stony Brook University campus galleries.

The Art Crawl will begin at the Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery at 3:00 PM, and end with a public reception at 5:00 PM in the Simons Center Gallery and Lobby.

3:00 PM @ Charles B. Wang Center, Zodiac Gallery
Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers

3:30 PM @ Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center
BODIES: MFA Thesis Exhibition 2017

4:00 PM @ Special Collections, Melville Library
Revolutionary Long Island: Early Manuscripts, Maps, and Art

4:25 PM @ North Reading Room, Melville Library
Boisterous: Fine Arts Organization Student Exhibition

5:00 PM @ Simons Center Gallery and Lobby
The Oakes Twins: SIGHTLINES: Closing Reception

 

 

 

africans disapora lecture

Malik Ambar and the Making of the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World
By Dr. Omar Ali
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 1:00–2:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

Over the course of several centuries, Africans helped shape the Indian Ocean world, traveling the western rim of the ocean as sailors, soldiers, and slaves. The story of Malik Ambar, a seventeenth-century Ethiopian who became the de facto ruler of a Muslim kingdom in India, helps to give expression to this rich and under-discussed history of the global African Diaspora.

About the Speaker

Omar H. Ali is a historian of the African Diaspora who explores the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds from the early modern period to the present. He is Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History and Interim Dean of Lloyd International Honors College at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the author of four books, most recently Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery Across the Indian Ocean (2016).

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION
Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers
On View March 8 through May 6, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery

LECTURE
Africans in India
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

LECTURE
South Asia, Africa, and Indian Ocean Connections
Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 12 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

 

 

 

sophie hughes lecture

A Journey Through Vietnamese Modern and Contemporary Art
By Sophie Hughes
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

Sophie Hughes shares her extensive research of Vietnamese modern and contemporary art. Her findings illuminate through Vietnam’s fascinating history, from colonialism to war and from communism to market development until today. Her talk centers on the personal experiences of artists who fought, witnessed, and documented the major historical and economic changes in Vietnam as well as the emerging contemporary art scene in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

About the Speaker

Since August 2011, Sophie Hughes has collaborated with renowned researchers, artists, gallerists, and curators to create Sophie’s Art Tour. She is currently creating a series of graphic novels about Vietnamese art history. Prior to moving to Vietnam, Hughes worked in development arts, Asian and African music and dance festivals, educational outreach workshops, and community visual arts exhibitions. She has worked in the arts in Southeast Asia since 2009 as manager of Galerie Quynh, as director for independent film festival Future Shorts Southeast Asia, and as founder of the community film organisation mê phim – passionate about film.

 

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