Recycling and Reincarnation: Exhibition of Public Art, Image Communication, and Industrial Design
Artists’ Panel: Tuesday, October 4, 2:30 pm
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 4, 4:30 pm
From October 4 through November 6 at the Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University will showcase Recycling and Reincarnation: Exhibition of Public Art, Image Communication, and Industrial Design, featuring the work of artists affiliated with East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.
The exhibition focuses on the exploration of the connections between recycling as a practice, whether environmental or industrial, and the cyclicality of life, spirit, and history. One of the pieces is a collaborative project between the artists and faculty of Stony Brook University’s Art Department and ECNU. It will complement an artistic exchange, in which Stony Brook University welcomes an ECNU delegation of students, faculty, and administration, including University President Yu Lizhong.
Several of the pieces included in Recycling and Reincarnation represent artistic reflections or meditations on this theme, while others, particularly those of industrial design, present actual examples of creative sustainable technology. At the Artists’ Panel prior to the opening reception, a discussion of the relationship between art and the earth’s sustainability will take place. The works fall into one of three categories: installation art, multimedia, or industrial design.
“This exhibit not only fosters cross-cultural academic and artistic exchange between Stony Brook and a prominent overseas university, it engages and serves the largest population of international students enrolled at SBU,” said William Arens, Dean of International Academic Programs and Services and Director of The Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University. “About 34 percent or 1,024 out of 2,986 international students at Stony Brook are citizens of the People’s Republic of China,” he said.
“Stony Brook University is the only place in the United States that ECNU will present this exhibition,” said Sunita S. Mukhi, Director of Asian and Asian American Programs at the Charles B. Wang Center. “This is a great opportunity for Long Island and New York to experience this relevant, cutting-edge, and exciting exhibition.”
Recycling and Reincarnation is presented by the Charles B. Wang Center, East China Normal University, and The Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University in collaboration with Stony Brook’s Art Department. It will be open weekdays from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on weekends. There is no cost and it is open to the public.