iona rozeal brown: afro-asiatic allegory Center for the Arts Asian Arts Gallery
February 9 - May 12, 2012
Informed by Ukiyo-e, brown’s Asian cultural investigations and interpretations offer profound commentaries about mimicry, gender and constructions of culture. The large scale installation features a selection of paintings and prints as well as a new mural that was created exclusively for this exhibition, which was completed in the gallery. Curated by J. Susan Isaacs.
• "Loved the work and display. The most impressive part of the exhibition was that a work in progress was displayed."
• "I especially like the fact that the artist was able to paint a mural on-site- it’s interesting and cool to be able to see a work in progress and the work is amazing!"
• "Artist is very complex but was able to communicate her art very well. Thank you for the presentation."
• "Fantastic show! Great presentation, lovely reception!"
• "Great mix of contemporary art and Asian theme."
Kabuki Dance by Bando Kotoji Stephens Hall Theatre, Towson University
Sunday, April 1, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Kabuki dance is an elegant and refined style of Japanese traditional dance borrowed from, and inspired by, Kabuki theater repertoire. The program is led by the famed master dancer Bando Kotoji and accompanied by six musicians.
• "Talented performers, beautiful costumes, make-up, subtitles, very professional, enjoyed opportunity to see Kabuki live!"
• "The performance contained a wide range of stories that provided a glimpse into Japanese theater."
• “It was a very imaginative, very well danced, and thoroughly enjoyable. Brought tears to my eyes.”
• “Emotionally moved by the art form-unknown to me previously.”
Mathematics of Light by Chin Chih Yang Center for the Arts Asian Arts Gallery June 29 - July 29, 2012
New York based multidisciplinary artist Chin Chih Yang has emerged in his interest in ecology and constructed environments, which has resulted in interactive performances and installations.
• "Excellent displays! Very lively and bright…”
• "The work was very inspiring. Taking everyday objects and turning it into something great! Loved it!"
• "I liked the lighting and how everything was made out of recycled materials!"
Aggregations by Kwang Young Chun Center for the Arts Asian Arts Gallery September 13 - December 8, 2012
Noted Korean artist Kwang Young Chun, deeply immersed in the traditions and history of Korea, reveals his intense involvement with both Western art and the rich heritage of his homeland. Chun began his series Aggregations in the 1990’s. He is now internationally recognized for his sculptural and wall-relief forms.
• "A really successful show. The lighting, which is so important to his work, is very well done. His work is very powerful."
• "Very impressive and visually stunning, moving and inspirational."
• "A wonderful exhibition that brought out a variety of modds. In awe of the meticulous workt hat brings cultural history and unique artistic ability together. Superb!!"
• “...this exhibition is the best among the others. His works are warm and gives me an impression that I am surrounded by warmness like in my mother's arms.”
• "It reminded me of the personal struggle of an individual to be heard among the masses - very inspiring."
Forest, Wind and Rain: Korean Music by Sonagi Project Center for the Arts Kaplan Concert Hall Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8 p.m.
Sonagi (rain shower in Korean) Project is a group of five young musicians led by Chang Jae-Hyo. The widely acclaimed ensemble creates modern and original works based on Korean traditional music with link to the Shamanic ceremonies. This performance features Jang-Gu (two-head drums) and Pansori (traditional animist chants).
• "I love your energy! I couldn't stop smiling! I had such a good time! Thank you for involving us in the performance :) You were all so passionate. Come back any time!"
• "The show was fantastic, absolutely wonderful. The artists made it look easy. They were so accommodating and did an encore performance at the end. It is a great show not to be missed! "
• "This was wonderful! The leader was dynamic. There was a wide variety in the moods of the music presented too."
Kuromori Kagura: Japanese Folklore & Dance Stephens Hall Theatre, Towson University Saturday, November 3, 2012, 8 p.m.
Kuromori Kagura was developed several hundred years ago to specifically worship the divine spirit of the Kuromori Shrine. Each year when the New Year arrives, the kagura procession begins its provincial tours, along the coastal towns in the northern region of Japan. In 2006, the Japanese government designated Kuromori Kagura an Intangible Cultural Folk Asset.
• "Colorful - entertaining - I marvel at the idea that the music, movements and costumes have been passed along for so many hundreds of years."
• "Enjoyed the audience participation. Very professional performers, enjoyed their energy and performance. Great Japanese cultural education!"
• "It is so important to keep traditional music and dance traditions from different countries and communities alive to be shared."
Asian Arts & Culture Center
Center for the Arts, Room 2037 (map)
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (during exhibitions)