In addition to the events highlighted below, the Charles B. Wang Center offers a variety of online workshops and video lectures. Please visit the website for more information.
“Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies” Exhibition
On view through December 10, Skylight Gallery, Zodiac Gallery
Curated by Jinyoung A. Jin, Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies traces complex Central Asian geopolitics, history, traditions and USSR memories through the works of Saule Dyussenbina. The former USSR-born Kazakh artist encapsulates the cultural diversity and multifaceted political history of Kazakhstan, and she produces new narratives and myths through unexpected juxtapositions and fragmented images.
The Art of Weaving
Saturdays, October 1, 8 and 15, 1 pm to 4 pm, Connections
Admission: $100 general; $80 students, seniors, children ages 6-12
The fee includes all materials for the three sessions. Limited to 15 people. Advance reservation is required.
Taught by artist Heechan Kim, resident artist at the Museum of Art and Design, participants will learn basic weaving techniques to make a wall hanging using three-ply paper cord and various materials.
Thursday, October 6, 1 pm to 3:30 pm
The art crawl offers 30-minute tours of five SBU galleries, beginning with the Wang Center’s “Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies,” at 1 pm, followed by tours of the other four galleries: Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center at 1:30 pm; Melville Library, Lawrence Alloway Memorial Gallery at 2 pm; Melville Library, Central Reading Room at 2:30 pm; and the Simons Center Gallery at 3 pm.
The Art of Bonsai
Wednesday, October 12, 1 pm to 3 pm, Skylight Gallery
Learn the artistic, philosophical, horticultural and technical techniques to design, plant and maintain your bonsai. Robert Mahler, president of the Pennsylvania Bonsai Society, will present this lecture with a demonstration on how to prune, shape, maintain and repot bonsai trees.
Common Grace: Poetry Reading by Aaron Caycedo-Kimura
Wednesday, November 9, 6 pm
This reading celebrates the launch of Common Grace, a poetry collection by writer and visual artist Aaron Caycedo-Kimura. The deeply felt triptych opens with his life as an artist, delves into the inherited trauma within his Japanese American family, and ends on the close bond between him and his wife.
Long Island South Asian Film Festival
Saturday, November 19, Wang Theatre
Film festival, 12 pm to 6 pm; VIP cocktail reception, 6 pm to 8 pm
General admission: $20 per block of programming, $50 for an all-day pass
Students, seniors: $15 per block of programming, $40 for an all-day pass
Note: All-day pass includes three three blocks of films and a VIP cocktail reception.
The first-ever Long Island South Asian Film Festival includes shorts, documentaries and feature films from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the Maldives. Visit the Wang Center’s website to view the entire program, schedule times and ticket information a month prior to the festival.
Two Magical Shadow Puppet Shows
Saturday, December 3, Wang Theatre
1 pm: Miao Girl Kiab and the Silver Needle
3:30 pm: The Nutcracker
Admission for one performance: $20 general; $15 students, seniors, children ages 6-12
Admission for both performances: $30 general; $20 students, seniors, children ages 6-12
Puppeteers Caroline and Suzanne Borderies, pianist Mirna Lekic and narrator David McCorkle will present two original shadow puppet shows that feature animated characters and stories from Asian folk tales and a holiday favorite that will transport viewers into worlds of magic and wonder.
The culture of various Asian countries has always interested me, and it’s great that such lectures are held on the basis of universities.
That’s for sure! I used to not distinguish between the countries of Asia, they seemed to me quite the same, but at the university I became interested in studying cultural studies and was amazed at the diversity of cultures.