Events and Exhibitions: August 29 – September 4, 2014

“And If a Double Decker Tram…”

MoMA’s series Lens on Tibet continues this week.   Many of the films introduce a Tibet many people may not be familiar with.  In particular, Nowhere to Call Home, which follows the story of a Tibetan’s life in Beijing and in her home village, is really worth seeing ducking out of work early for.  Here’s a review by the New York Times.

The other highlight of the week is a discussion with Shanghaiist founder Dan Washburn about golf in China and its representation of new China.

We’ll have recaps of events from Asia Society’s Waking the Green Tiger: Documentaries from the Front Lines of China’s Environmental Crisis soon.

Patty Chang and David Kelley’s Flotsam Jetsam has been extended at MoMA through September 28, 2014.

The one-time and short term event calendar and the ongoing exhibition calendar are up-to-date with the listings below.  Upcoming events also can be found on listing on the right side of this page.  New events and exhibitions are added as they come up.

Looking ahead:

  • Fou Gallery will have an opening reception for their latest exhibition featuring artist Zhai Liang
  • Filmmaker and novelist Guo Xiaolu has two events.  One with musician Nellie McKay and writer Sasha Frere-Jones; another at Asia Society
  • Jen Shyu performs at @SEEDS::Brooklyn
  • New exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢 / 侯孝賢) retrospective
  • Chinese rock music festival in New York
  • Environmental talks, talks about Taiwan…

Let us know if there’s anything we should add to the calendar! If anybody will attend these events and would like to contribute photos or a summary, please email us at beyondchinatown[at]gmail.com. Sign-up for our weekly newsletter at the bottom of the page.

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Have a great Labor Day Weekend.  Summer’s not over until you decide it’s over.


 Upcoming Events

Before we get into the upcoming events for the seven days beginning August 29, here are two happening Thursday, August 28 that we just learned about:

1) Roundtable Discussion with Zhang Yue (张玥) and Wen Hao (文豪) and Open Studio – Discussion with artists Zhang Yue (张玥) and Wen Hao (文豪), hosted by guest speaker Adriel Luis, curator at the Asian Pacific American Center at the Smithsonian. We will discuss the two Chinese artists’ experiences in New York and, in turn, question today’s definition of “American Art.” Both artists will also personally introduce their artworks prior to the discussion. Public participation is encouraged. 5 – 6:30 PM

Roundtable: 5 – 6:30 PM
Open Studios: 6 – 8 PM
Klein Sun Gallery, 525 W. 22nd Street

2) Monga (艋舺) – Taipei Cultural Center kicks off its Rebels: Down the Flaming Road film series with a free screening of Niu Chen-Zer’s ( 鈕承澤 / 钮承泽) blockbuster Taiwanese gangster flick set in Taipei, just after lifting of martial law in the late 80s.

Here’s the trailer:

6:30 – 9 PM
Taiwan Academy, B1 Screening Room, 1 E. 42nd Street
Free, but RSVP required

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1) Nowhere to Call Home – “Widowed at 28, Tibetan farmer Zanta defies her tyrannical father-in-law and refuses to marry his other son. When Zanta’s in-laws won’t let her seven-year-old go to school, she flees to Beijing to become a street vendor. Destitute, she inveigles an American customer into paying her boy’s school fees. On a holiday trip back to her village, Zanta’s in-laws take her son hostage, drawing the unwitting American into the violent family feud. The two women forge a partnership in a bid to out-maneuver the in-laws. This “deeply moving” and “ethically challenging” story (Jonathan Watts, The Guardian) provides an intimate and brutally frank view of village family life and the struggles Tibetan migrants face in Beijing.” -MoMA

In Qiang, English, Chinese; English subtitles.

Part of MoMA’s ContemporAsian film series, Lens on Tibet.

Friday, August 29, 4 PM
Museum of Modern Art, Theater 3, mezzanine, Education and Research Building, 4 West 54th Street
$12/Adult; $10/Senior; $8/Student; $5/member guests; Free/members

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2) The Valley of the Heroes – “This documentary, a project of Kham Film Project, offers a rare portrait of Tibetan Muslims in the Hualong area of eastern Tibet/Qinghai Province. Issues of identity and language are explored in this intimate and sensitive film.” -MoMA

In Tibetan and Chinese; English subtitles.

Kokonor – “For centuries, Tibetan nomads were the only inhabitants on the banks of the sacred Lake Kokonor—the Blue Lake—in Amdo (eastern Tibet). Starting in the 1990s, the area saw a dramatic rise in domestic tourism: It was not just the lake’s beauty that drew tourists but the Tibetan culture in general. This influx of tourists came at a cost: the locals now find themselves having to adapt to new roles in the tourism industry. This glimpse at the Kokonor community examines the transformation of the lives of the Tibetans who live there.” -MoMA

In English, Tibetan, Mandarin; English subtitles.

Friday’s screening will be followed by a discussion with Valley of the Heroes director Khashem Gyal

Part of MoMA’s ContemporAsian film series, Lens on Tibet.

Friday, August 29, 7 PM
Museum of Modern Art, Theater 3, mezzanine, Education and Research Building, 4 West 54th Street
$12/Adult; $10/Senior; $8/Student; $5/member guests; Free/members

Saturday, August 30, 4:00 PM
Museum of Modern Art, Theater 3, mezzanine, Education and Research Building, 4 West 54th Street
$12/Adult; $10/Senior; $8/Student; $5/member guests; Free/members

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3The Sun Beaten Path – “This debut feature from the cinematographer of Pema Tseden’s films, as well as Embrace (also screening in this series), presents the story of a young man making a pilgrimage to Lhasa to overcome the guilt of causing a family member’s death.” -MoMA

In Tibetan, Chinese; English subtitles

Part of MoMA’s ContemporAsian film series, Lens on Tibet.

Saturday, August 30, 1:30 PM
Museum of Modern Art, Theater 3, mezzanine, Education and Research Building, 4 West 54th Street
$12/Adult; $10/Senior; $8/Student; $5/member guests; Free/members

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4) Summer Pasture – “In recent years growing pressures from the outside world have posed unprecedented challenges for Tibetan nomads. Rigid government policies, rangeland degradation, and the allure of modern life have prompted many nomadic families to leave the pastures for permanent settlement in towns and cities. Summer Pasture chronicles one summer with a young family amid this period of great uncertainty. With their pastoral traditions confronting rapid modernization, Locho, his wife Yama, and their infant daughter, nicknamed Jiatomah, must reconcile the challenges that drastically threaten to reshape their existence.” -MoMA

In English, Tibetan; English subtitles.

Part of MoMA’s ContemporAsian film series, Lens on Tibet.

Saturday, August 30, 7:30 PM Museum of Modern Art, Theater 3, mezzanine, Education and Research Building, 4 West 54th Street $12/Adult; $10/Senior; $8/Student; $5/member guests; Free/members

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5) Tantric Yogi – “This film focuses on an enormous ngakpa gathering in eastern Tibet that happens once every 60 years. Ngakpa is a Tibetan cultural and non-monastic spiritual tradition that was founded in the eighth century in which lay people can receive spiritual and cultural education. In following one group of ngakpa as they prepare for the trip from the filmmaker’s home village, Tantric Yogi offers an intimate glimpse into lives of the ngakpa, as well as the daily practice of this ancient tradition.” -MoMA

In English, Tibetan; English subtitles.

Embrace – This film “presents the complex reciprocal saturation of human communities, gods, Buddha Dharma, and a natural landscape marked with religious significance. Through the narratives of a father and a son, the film documents a ritualized relationship between people, their dwellings, and their natural surroundings. Built around ngakpa tradition and the challenges it faces in a modern world, this well researched, thoughtfully produced, and beautifully shot film provides a glimpse into a rarely seen realm. In English, Tibetan; English subtitles.” -MoMA

Part of MoMA’s ContemporAsian film series, Lens on Tibet.

Sunday, August 31, 2 PM
Museum of Modern Art, Theater 3, mezzanine, Education and Research Building, 4 West 54th Street $12/Adult; $10/Senior; $8/Student; $5/member guests; Free/members

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6) The Beauty of Kunqu: Summer Concert 2 – The Kunqu Society perform kunqu classics

Sunday, August 31, 2 PM Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, 62 Mott Street Free

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7) The Son of a Herder – “A herder’s son, Gonpo Tseden, has just completed training at a vocational school and is eager to reorient his ideals and ambitions beyond pastoral life. But reality presents him with a challenge and burdensome responsibility—horse racing, nomadic migration, and an illness in the family all compel him to follow the traditional role and values of a herdsman. This film, gorgeously shot in eastern Tibet’s Zehok region, shows us an unembellished portrait of the life of a plateau herder, an existence caught between ideals and reality, modernity and tradition, and individual choices. In Tibetan; English subtitles.” -MoMA Part of MoMA’s ContemporAsian film series. Sunday, August 31, 5 PM
Museum of Modern Art, Theater 3, mezzanine, Education and Research Building, 4 West 54th Street $12/Adult; $10/Senior; $8/Student; $5/member guests; Free/members

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8) ChinaFile Presents: Dan Washburn and Jeremy Schaap on The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream – Award-winning journalist Dan Washburn and ESPN correspondent Jeremy Schaap discuss Washburn’s new book, The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream, which uses the politically taboo topic of golf to paint what critics are calling “an illuminating portrait of modern China.” Washburn, who lived in China from 2002 to 2011, spent more than seven years researching and writing the book described as “strikingly original” by The Wall Street Journal and “gripping” by The Economist. Book sales and signing to follow. – Asia Society

The Wall Street Journal has a review.

Thursday, September 4, 6:30 – 8 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
$5/members, students, seniors; $10/non-members


Ongoing Films and Shows

1) Mulan: The Percussion Musical (The Ellen Stuart Theatre, 6/25 – 9/13) – The Red Poppy Ladies’ Percussion group is banging fun in this production of the story of legendary Chinese heroine, Mulan.  Take a look at our review.


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:

Teng Chao-Ming in Magnetic North: Artists and the Arctic Circle (1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, 8/29)

Isa Ho in ISE NY Art Search 2013 Award Winners Exhibition (ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery, 555 Broadway, 7/11 – 8/30)

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

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

Xin Song in On Paper/Grand Central at 100 (Grand Central Terminal,  9/14)

Opening and newly added:

*Flotsam Jetsam (MoMA, 9/28) (re-added!)

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.

Teng Chao-Ming in Magnetic North: Artists and the Arctic Circle (1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, 8/29)

Isa Ho in ISE NY Art Search 2013 Award Winners Exhibition (ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery, 555 Broadway, 7/11 – 8/30)

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

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

Xin Song in On Paper/Grand Central at 100 (Grand Central Terminal,  9/14)

*Flotsam Jetsam (MoMA, 9/28)

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

Teng Chao-Ming in Magnetic North: Artists and the Arctic Circle (1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, 8/29)

Isa Ho in ISE NY Art Search 2013 Award Winners Exhibition (ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery, 555 Broadway, 7/11 – 8/30)

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: “And if a Double Decker Tram…” by Andrew Shiue