Events and Exhibitions: July 4 – July 10, 2014

Evidence – Liu Shiyuan

The New York Asian Film Festival is in full swing, and they have couple of great Chinese films this coming week including Soul (失魂) by Chung Mong-hong (鍾孟宏 /锺孟宏).  Read reviews of it by Variety and   Check out some video art on Tuesday, and get a taste of Broadway and pineapple cakes on Thursday.

The one-time and short term event calendar and the ongoing exhibition calendar are updated with events from this week and other events as they come up.  Upcoming events will appear in the calendar on the right side of the page.

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Have a great 4th of July Weekend, everybody!

Upcoming Events


1) Shorts Go Beyond – EnMaze Pictures and China’s premier movie website present five short films in a collaboration that bring films to China’s 700 million online viewers, as well as bring its filmmakers international revenue and opportunities within the Chinese film industry.

Crossings | 18 min | Director : Amos Ezra Katz | Palm Springs International ShortFest 2013
Over 14 Festival Official Selection

Enterrados | 11 min | Director : Àlex Lora | Cannes Short Film Corner 2009 (France), 300 Official Selections
Winning Over 60 Awards from 300 festivals

Quiet | 32 min | Director : Lauren Fash | Big Bear Lake International Film Festival 2012
Best Short Audience Award, Big Lake Int’l Film Fest
Over 17 Festival Official Selection

Titans of Newark | 25min | Director : Mike Marino | Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2013
Best Humor Film, Comic-Con In’l Independent Film Fest
Winning 5 Awards, Over 20 Festival Official Selection

Picture. Perfect. | 25min | Director : The Tao Brothers | Audience Award, BEIJING Int’l Student Film & Video Festival
Winning 19 Awards, Over 24 Festival Official Selection

Saturday, July 5, 2:30 – 5:30 PM
Courthouse Theater, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave.


2) Li Ran + Liu Shiyuan: A Screening with Christopher Phillips – Asia Art Archive in America screens Li Ran’s (李然) Beyond Geography (2012, Color & Sound SD Video, 23’09”) and Liu Shiyuan’s (刘诗园 / 劉詩園)  Evidence (2009, Color & Sound SD Video, 11’40″), followed by discussion with Christopher Phillips, Curator of International Center of Photography, New York.

“Imitation is a recurring theme in Li Ran’s practice. Beyond Geography mimics the simple yet effective cinematography of Discovery Channel’s adventure programs, in which Li plays the role of a program host and meticulously leads the audience into a series of “encounters” in a fictional jungle. Liu Shiyuan’s Evidence [(recently shown at Whitebox Art Center’s exhibition Now You See)], on the other hand, weaves absurd and theatrical sequences into a highly fragmented work: a group of friends are invited to a party, each randomly picks someone else’s clothes to try on, while scripts written separately by Liu to represent each identity are randomly assigned to them. ‘Thus each of us,’ says the artist, ‘wearing someone else’s clothes, talking in another’s way, and behaving like a third, felt totally exciting, weird, and yet real.'” – Asia Art Archive in America

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7-8pm
Asia Art Archive in America, 43 Remsen Street (Ground floor entrance), Brooklyn
Limited seating.  RSVP required


3) Ming-Jen Hsu – The Absent Scenery Opening Reception – Chinese American Arts Council’s Gallery 456 hosts artist Ming-Jen Hsu‘s (許銘仁 / 许铭仁) illustrations of memories of “fragmented, incoherent, and nonexistent” sceneries.

The exhibition runs from July 3 – July 31.

Tuesday, July 8, 6 – 8 PM
Gallery 456, 456 Broadway, 3rd Floor


4) Taiwan @ Broadway in Bryant Park – The Taipei Tourism Bureau brings aboriginal dancers and pineapple cakes to this summer event featuring highlights from a number of Broadway productions.

Thursday, July 10, 11:30 AM – 2 PM
Bryant Park, 42nd St. and 6th Ave.


5) MOCAREADS: Re-imagining Asian American (and American) Poetry – “Join scholar Dorothy J. Wang and a gathering of contemporary Chinese American poets in a dialogue about the impact of racial subjectivity on the conception of Asian American poetic form, craft and aesthetic. Marilyn Chin, Paolo Javier, and John Yau and will perform original work showcasing a range of aesthetic styles within the field of Asian American poetry, from traditional lyric to avant-garde.” -MOCA

Thursday, July 10, 7 – 9 PM
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street
Free, but RSVP required


6) HB STATION: A Case Study of Alternative Art Education in China – Asia Art Archive in America hosts a presentation of the HB STATION Contemporary Art Research Center, a non-accredited school that was created as an alternative platform for art education and research and is one of the few inpendent art programs outside of the art academies in China.  Project manager Liang Jianhua will introduce the school and founders Huang Xiaopeng and Xu Tan will join via Skype for a discussion about this experiment, its curriculum, and its operations.

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 7-8pm
Asia Art Archive in America, 43 Remsen Street (Ground floor entrance), Brooklyn
Limited seating.  RSVP required


Ongoing Films and Shows

New York Asian Film Festival (6/27 – 7/14)
Take a look at our round-up of the Chinese-language films

The Breakup Guru ( 分手大师 / 分手大師) (Opened 6/27)



Closing soon:

Somewhere Else (别外/別外) (Pratt Institute and Fou Gallery, 7/5)

Modernity 3.0 (80 WSE Gallery, 7/12)

Hai-Hsin Huang Solo Exhibition (Leigh Wen Art, 7/17)

Opening and newly added:

Ming-Jen Hsu – The Absent Scenery (Gallery 456, 7/3 – 7/31)

Visit the exhibition calendar ( for details for the following shows below.  As always, check the museum or gallery’s website for hours of operation.

Somewhere Else (别外/別外) (Pratt Institute and Fou Gallery, 7/5)

Modernity 3.0 (80 WSE Gallery, 7/12)

Hai-Hsin Huang Solo Exhibition (Leigh Wen Art, 7/17)

Ming-Jen Hsu – The Absent Scenery (Gallery 456, 7/31)

Ai Weiwei: According to What? (Brooklyn Museum, 8/10)

Tales of Two Cities: Beijing and New York (Bruce Museum, 8/14)

Flotsam Jetsam (MoMA, 8/15)

One Kind of Behavior (Bronx Museum of Art, 8/17)

Zhang Dali: Square (Klein Sun Gallery, 8/30)

Oil and Water: Reinterpreting Ink (MoCA, 9/14)

Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition (Storm King Art Center, 11/9)

Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral (Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 2015)

Image: Liu Shiyuan’s (刘诗园 / 劉詩園) Evidence at Whitebox Art CenterPhoto by Andrew Shiue