Newswise — STONY BROOK, NY, September 19, 2011 – From Oct. 4 through Nov. 6 at the Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University will showcase Recycling & 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 & 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% or 1,024 out of 2,986 international students at Stony Brook University 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.”
Additional benefits of this exhibition include: broadening the scope of SBU students in the visual arts and forging an exciting academic and cultural exchange with ECNU, one of China’s top academic institutions. Currently, SBU has active exchange agreements in China with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Tsinghua University, Nanjing University, Soochow University and Peking University.
Recycling & Reincarnation is presented by Stony Brook University’s Charles B. Wang Center, East China Normal University and The Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University in collaboration with Stony Brook University’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. Click here for additional information about the exhibit.