Events and Exhibitions: July 18 – 24, 2014

Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery

One thing that strikes me about the weekly events is that they are always very eclectic.  This week: video art from Hong Kong with a Chinese rock soundtrack, Taiwan-born artist Shyu Ruey-shiann talks about his kinetic works, a look at Ai Weiwei’s time in New York, and a talk about the resurgence of gender inequality in China.

Also, the Asian American International Film Festival gets things started!  We’ll have a post about their films and events soon.

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!

Sign-up for our weekly newsletter at the bottom of the page.  Be sure to check this site, our Facebook page, or Twitter account regularly for articles and new events.

Upcoming Events


1) Unnecessary Suspicious

A collection of video art works by Hong Kong based artist seemanho (何詩敏 / 何诗敏) within an immersive installation by Bryan Zanisnik. Live music by Mandarin rock bands The Underground Channel, Torpid May, and Reonda.

Friday, July 18, 6 – 10 PM
The Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn


2) Gu Liang (顾亮): The Quotidian / 日常 Opening Reception – In collaboration with o2art, for a special short‐term exhibit, Gu Liang will be showing his series of watercolors at Roux Roux. In this exhibit, he will share his world of seemingly inanimate daily objects and through his eyes, these objects take on a second life. Each piece allows the viewer to see again. They cut through what we think we see and allow us to really experience meaning in the everyday world around us.  The exhibition runs from July 18 – 30.

Friday, July 18 6- 8 PM
Roux Roux Gallery, 243 Smith Street (at Douglass), Brooklyn


3) 1040 Lounge: Artist Spotlight with Shyu Ruey-shiann

An interview and Q&A with artist Shyu Ruey-Shiann (徐瑞憲 / 徐瑞宪) whose work One Kind of Behavior is currently on display at the museum

Friday, July 18, 6:30 – 8 PM
Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx


4) Asian American International Film Festival Launch Party – Asian Cinevision kicks off their film festival with a little soirée.

Wednesday, July 23, 7 – 9 PM
Fat Buddha, 212 Avenue A
Free admission, beverage and food for purchase


5) Ai Weiwei: The Seed

“[A]n evening of interactive performances and activities in celebration of Ai Weiwei’s work. The night includes a multimedia performance by spoken-word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, entitled Ai Weiwei: The Seed, exploring the roots of Ai Weiwei’s political consciousness; a presentation and workshop on untold and hidden stories with the Asian American Oral History Collective; and an art-making activity exploring the traditional Chinese art form of calligraphy.” -Brooklyn Museum

A spotlight talk with curator Sharon Matt Atkins precedes the event at 6 PM

Thursday, July 24, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn


6) Leftover Women

New America NYC, 199 Lafayette Street Suite 3B

A conversation about the movement for gender equality in China and its impacts on the new model of economic and political development with:

Leta Hong Fincher, author (Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China),
Susan Jakes, Editor, ChinaFile and Senior Fellow, Center for US-China Relations, Asia Society, and
Rebecca E. Karl, Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, New York University and Co-editor, The Birth of Chinese Feminism.

Learn a little about gender equality in the PRC from our earlier post.

Thursday, July 24, 6:30 – 7:45 PM
New America NYC, 199 Lafayette Street Suite 3B
Free, but RSVP required


7) Sold / Opening Night Gala – Directed by Academy and Emmy award-winner, Jeffrey D. Brown and Executive Produced by two-time Academy Awards winner, Emma Thompson, Sold  follows Lakshmi (by the stunning Niyar Saikia), a thirteen-year-old girl who travels from rural Nepal to the “Happiness House,” a sordid brothel in Kolkata, India. There she bonds with the other residents with incredible optimism, tenacity and camaraderie that enable her to survive. Adapted from Patricia McCormick’s globally acclaimed book and based on true events, Sold sheds light on the brutality of the global crime of child and sex trafficking and seeks to raise pertinent dialogues.

The film screening will be followed by a Q & A with director Jeffrey D. Brown, producer Jane Charles, author Patricia Mccormick,  and executive director Urmi Basu of New Light at Asia Society.

Thursday, July 24, 7 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
$75/general admission; $65/students, seniors, and disabled; $50/Asia Society members; $150/VIP


Ongoing Films and Shows

Mulan: The Percussion Musical (The Ellen Stuart Theatre, 6/25 – 9/13) – The Red Poppy Ladies’ Percussion group presents a reworked version of their earlier production of the story of legendary Chinese heroine, Mulan.  The 2012 production was praised for its music and theatrics but faulted for its production values.  This new version at a different theater seems to address the past weakensses



Closing soon:

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

Opening and newly added:

Gu Liang (顾亮): The Quotidian / 日常 (Roux Roux Gallery, 7/18 – 7/30)

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

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: Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (萬佛寺) Photo by Andrew Shiue