Events and Exhibitions: July 11 – July 17, 2014

Taipei Night Market

There are just a handful of events this week, but they’re all pretty unique.  A film about siblings from Harlem discovering their Chinese roots, a performance by the inimitable Jen Shyu and Mat Maneri, and a performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Just outside the reach of this post, there’s a talk on July 18 with artist Shyu Ruey-Shiann (徐瑞憲 / 徐瑞宪) at the Bronx Museum where his work is currently on display.

The one-time and short term event calendar and the ongoing exhibition calendar are up-to-date, and new events and exhibitions are added as they come up.  Upcoming events also can be found on listing on the right side of this page.  Let us know if there’s anything we should add to the calendar!

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Upcoming Events


1) Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China – “Three successful black siblings from Harlem discover their heritage by searching for clues about their long-lost Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe. The siblings, including retired NBC Universal executive Paula Williams Madison, were raised in Harlem by their Chinese-Jamaican mother. She encouraged them to realize a rags-to-riches American dream, resulting in their growth from welfare recipients to wealthy entrepreneurs. Their ancestral journey takes them from Toronto to Jamaica to China, and to an emotional and unforgettable family reunion, in a story about familial love that transcends race, space, and time.” -Museum of the Moving Image

Paula Williams Madison and director Jeanette Kong in person will attend.

Friday, July 11, 7 PM
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street), Astoria
Free, tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 6:30 p.m.


2) Jen Shyu and Mat Maneri  Musicians Jen Shyu (voice, Taiwanese moon lute, gayageum) and Mat Maneri (viola) perform a set at 9:30 PM following the Rema Hasumi Trio.

Excerpt from Jen Shyu’s Raging Waters, Red Sands

Saturday, July 12, 8 PM (2nd set at 9:30 PM)
Ibeam Brooklyn, 168 7th Street Brooklyn
$10 suggested donation


3) The World Is My Home: Hu Xiangqian at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine – Hu Xiangqian (胡向前) will present his first U.S. work at the Cathedral of St John the Divine. His medium of choice is performance art—the better to achieve a more direct bodily and perceptive experience. As with many of his works, the form of his presentation will be one of the world’s most ancient. The World Is My Home is a testimony to the relationship of an artist to his environment and his audience. (taken from Asian Arts Council newsletter)

Wednesday, July 16, 7 PM (doors at 6:30 PM)
Cathedral of St John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street


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:

Modernity 3.0 (80 WSE Gallery, 7/12)

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

Opening and newly added:

New Acquaintances: Works by Chen Baoyang, Fu Xiaotong, GAMA and Wang Fengge (Chambers Fine Art, 7/10 – 8/16)

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

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)

New Acquaintances: Works by Chen Baoyang, Fu Xiaotong, GAMA and Wang Fengge (Chambers Fine Art, 8/16)

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: Night market in TaipeiPhoto by Andrew Shiue