Opening reception this Thursday at University Art Museum

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An opening reception for current exhibitions at the Binghamton University Art Museum will be held August 29, 5:00-7:00 and will feature faculty members from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA) visiting from Beijing, China. All exhibitions will be on view August 29-December 16, 2013.

Side by Side: Teacher and Student Designs from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts is presented in conjunction with the Binghamton University Theatre Department. The exhibition consists of costumes, costumes design, set and lighting design produced by both teachers and students in Beijing.

Between Two Worlds: Paintings by Ruby Wang represents a homecoming of sorts for the artist (also known by her Chinese name of Hua Zhining). A former resident of Binghamton, where she founded the Chinese Arts Association, Wang now lives in her native city of Wuxi, where she continues to paint. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue have been generously supported by the Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas, the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera, and the New York Council of Asian Studies (NYCAS). Events related to this exhibition include a lecture/demonstration by Ruby Wang and Friends on Thursday, September 26, 5:00-6:30 pm, FA-213 and a public reception to meet the artist on Friday, September 27, 5:30-7:30 pm, FA-213.

Marking the Past: Wax Rubbings taken from Monumental Brasses in England

From the Victorian era to the end of the 20th century, engraved brasses found in parish churches all over England became popular sites for amateur artists to produce rubbings, “original” works of art made with simple paper and wax crayon. A collection of rubbings made by Binghamton residents, Grant Webster and Mary Webster, offers viewers a glimpse into this practice of capturing for oneself the English medieval past. This exhibition was curated by Hannah Hempstead Dwiggins, BA-MA Combined Program in Art History.

Other exhibitions on view highlight objects from the permanent collection. Heightened Perspectives: Marilyn Bridges features aerial photographs of known and not-so-well-known sites around the world, and Faces of Buddhism presents sculptures, paintings, and needlework produced in many parts of Asia. This exhibition also offers visitors a free family guide.

Admission to the museum is free. For directions and museum hours visit artmuseum.binghamton.edu.

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