Events and Exhibitions: August 8 – 14, 2014

Flotsam Jetsam

With three events, it may seem like a quiet week, but the dragon boat festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the Fred Ho tribute will be incredibly lively.  If you missed A Time in Quchi (暑假作业 / 暑假作業) at the Asian American International Film Festival, you’re in luck!  There will be a free screening on Saturday.

Don’t forget about the Singapore Noir reading at MoCA  and the free dance performances tonight in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center.   From what I’m told, the Image and Phenomena: Video Art and Exhibition-Making in 1990s China event is booked.

Looking ahead, there will be two film series in the coming weeks, one at the Museum of the Moving Image and the other at Asia Society.  Details will follow 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!

We’ve added a section to the exhibition listing to share group shows that include artists of Chinese descent.

It’s the last weekend for Ai Weiwei: According to What?Tales of Two Cities: Beijing and New York, and Flotsam Jetsam.  Three great shows according to reviews collected here.

If anybody will attend these events and would like to contribute photos or a summary, please email us at beyondchinatown[at]gmail.com.

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Upcoming Events

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1) Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York – After the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown, this two-day dragon boat racing event is the largest Chinese event in New York.  In addition to furious paddling, the festival presents martial arts, comedy, and music performances.  While you’re in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, why not visit the Queens Museum for the Taiwanese American Arts Council exhibition before you go to Flushing for food?

Saturday, August 9, 10:30 – 5:30 PM
Sunday, August 10, 10:30 – 5:30 PM
Meadow Lake at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Free

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2)  A Time in Quchi (暑假作业 / 暑假作業) – This was one of our favorite films from the Asian American International Film Festival. In this humorous but fatalistic film reminiscent of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s (侯孝賢 / 侯孝贤) 1984 classic A Summer at Grandpa’s (冬冬的假期), 10-year old city kid Bao is sent to a rural community outside of Taipei for his summer vacation and comes of age as he spends time with his eccentric widower grandfather and befriends local kids.  Variety praises the film’s script, camera work, and sly subversion of urban vs. rural stereotypes in their review.

Saturday, August 9, 1 PM
Chatham Square Library, 33 E. Broadway
Free

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3) To Sing You Down: A Celebration of Fred Ho on His First Birthday in the Sky Presented by Scientific Soul Sessions Featuring the Eco-Music Big Band – The Eco-Music Band plays tribute to its founder, Fred Ho – one of a kind revolutionary composer, writer, producer, political activist, and the “best baritone saxophonist of all time” (The New Yorker) whose awards and distinctions include becoming the youngest person to receive the Duke Ellington Distinguished Artist Lifetime Achievement Award, a Harvard Arts Medal, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others.

Sunday, August 10, 7 PM
Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn
$20/admission

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Ongoing Films and Shows

1) Web Junkie (Film Forum, 8/6 – 8/19) –  A distressing documentary that looks at internet addiction in China through a visit to the Daxing Boot Camp, a clinic for people (mostly teenage boys) who have been sent there for therapy.   Director Shosh Shlam will be at the 8/9 7 PM screening for a Q&A.  The Daily Beast has a review.

2) 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

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Exhibitions

We put together available reviews of the current exhibitions in our Exhibition Review Roundup.  The exhibitions included in a roundup are marked with an asterisk.

Closing soon:

*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)

Opening and newly added:

TAAC Recognition: Taiwanese American Artists (Queens Museum, 7/29 – 8/17)

YinHua Chu and Ta-Wei Huang in Afterimage (Cuchifritos Gallery, 120 Essex Street (inside Essex Street Market), 8/9 – 9/7/14)

Ming-jer Kuo in Emerald City (The Gateway Project, Newark’s Pennsylvania Avenue, 7/31 – 10/2 )

Let us know if there’s something people need to see.

Visit the exhibition calendar (http://ow.ly/pxe9o) for details for the following shows below.  As always, check the museum or gallery’s website for hours of operation.

*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)

TAAC Recognition: Taiwanese American Artists (Queens Museum, 8/17)

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)

Group Shows

YinHua Chu and Ta-Wei Huang in Afterimage (Cuchifritos Gallery, 120 Essex Street (inside Essex Street Market), 8/9 – 9/7/14)

Ming-jer Kuo in Emerald City (The Gateway Project, Newark’s Pennsylvania Avenue, 7/31 – 10/2 )

Image: Photo still from Flotsam and Jetsam, on view at MoMA through August 15.  Photo by Andrew Shiue