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In the Moment: the art of Sumi -e

  • Date
    Thu, Jun 05 — Thu, Jun 19

    10:30 AM — 5:30 PM

    Wille Administration Building
    160 Convent Avenue

    Wille Administration Building, A205

    p: 917.287.1755


  • Event Details

    The Sumi-e mission is to foster & encourage  the East Asian brush painting techniques

    Professor Motoi Oi created the Sumi-e Society in New York circa 1963  to foster and encourage an appreciation of the East Asian brush painting method . For the first  fifteen years (1963-1978) its annual exhibitions were held in New York City. Over time, the Society has grown, boasting of numerous chapters in the United States and a sister organization in Canada.

    When asked why he had started the Society, Mr. Oi answered, in part, "In the East, paintings reflect the great joy of culture. They are a reflection of an intense personal idiom. My idea was to provide a means through which the fresh, new spirit of American culture could be viewed in Sumi-e."

    Professor Oi was born in Japan and in 1958 he emigrated to the U.S.A. where he worked as a printmaker, painted, wrote books on Sumi-e painting and taught art at Queens College, New York City and the Brooklyn Institute of Art and Science. So it is fitting for the Society to host an exhibition on the CUNY campus of City College.

    The Sumi-e is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to foster and encourage an appreciation of the East Asian brush painting techniques through publications, workshops, lectures and exhibitions;  to serve as a cultural bridge between the East and West; to furnish information to all persons who wish to learn about this art.