Events and Exhibitions: October 24 – 30, 2014


It’s Asian Contemporary Art Week (“ACAW”) from October 22 – November 2.  We’ve included a number of events relating to Chinese artists that are part of or related to ACAW below and on the calendar from this upcoming week.  Just outside of this posting’s reach but on the calendar are :

  • Wang Jiawei’s exhibition Wang Jiawei: Time Temple opens at the Guggenheim Museum on October 31.   The Morning Time Disappeared, his film inspired by Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, will be screened on November 1.
  • Do the Same Good Deed, a participatory public performance that allows you to “participate in a new socialism for the 21st century…right in the heart of the Capital of Capital [Times Square]” takes place on November 3.

Visit the ACAW program page for a full listing of events related to Asian contemporary art around the city.

After a few recent shows in New York by bands from China, Taiwanese bands hit the stage at two CMJ events.

Saturday is the last day to see Cao Fei’s La Town, a video story of the destruction of a mythical everytown and its rebirth. Reminiscent of La Jetée and referencing Hiroshima, Mon Amour (which is currently playing at Film Forum), this film is a must see for its miniature figurines, astonishing camera work, and strangely compelling story arc.

On the subject of films, the two Cultural Revolution films at China Institute seem really intriguing.

A couple of interesting talks are happening this week. First is one at China Institute that looks at the history of the Jewish in the Far East.  The second one brings together a panel of experts to talk about Hong Kong’s current situation and possible future.

EFA Studios opens its studios this weekend.  Among many other artists, Cecile Chong, Cui Fei, and Xin Song are participating.

You can always look ahead to events beyond the upcoming week by visiting our one-time and short term event and ongoing exhibition calendars.  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.  Let us know if there’s anything we should add to the calendar!

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Update: Thanks to a reader tip, we just learned about bilingual Mandarin and English productions by Chinese Theater Works at Theater for the New City that are going on now and run through the weekend:

Day Jobs: Opera Dreams
Chinese opera performers recount personal stories of the joy and bitterness of immigrant life in New York City– using Peking opera, costumes, music, dance and storytelling.
October 22-23, 8 PM

Mulan: Holding Up Half the Sky
2000 years of Chinese history, as filtered through the lives of four outstanding women warriors. An epic narrative told through Chinese opera, hand, rod and shadow puppets.
October 24-26, 8 PM

Special family matinees of the award-winning overhead shadow show, Tiger Tales 4 linked animal fables that impart useful survival lessons for the smallest in today’s modern jungle.
October 25-26,  3 PM

Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.

Upcoming Events

1) Taiwan Music Night at CMJ 2014 –  Taiwan Music Night will return to New York’s CMJ Music Marathon with award-winning pop sensation and “Born Diva” (天生歌姬) A-Lin (阿玲) who was named by MTV one of the five must see artists at CMJ; solo rock artist, songwriter, and six-time Golden Melody Award-winner Luantan Ascent (亂彈阿翔 / 乱弹阿翔); and internationally acclaimed rap artist and activist Dwagie (大支) who recently collaborated with NAS on a track named “Refuse to Listen” (we’re unable to embed it below)

A-Lin (阿玲)

Luantan Ascent (亂彈阿翔 / 乱弹阿翔)

Dwagie (大支)

Friday, October 24, 7 PM
Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St.
Free, but RSVP required (Sold Out?)


2) We All Live in the Forbidden City Launch Party – China Institute kicks off We All Live in the Forbidden City, its new new publishing and unique educational children’s program about the history, culture, architecture, and life of imperial China as seen through the lens of this iconic structure.

Saturday, October 25, 12 – 4 PM
19 University Place



3) Torpid May and 88 Balaz – Taiwan rockers are part of Turnstyle Music Group’s CMJ showcase on Taiwan Retrocession Day (台湾光复节 /  臺灣光復節)

Torpid May

88 Balaz

Saturday, October 25
Torpid May – 2 PM
88 Balaz – 4 PM
Drom, 85 Avenue A


4) Asian Contemporary Art Week Field Meetings – ACAW 2014 introduces the FIELD MEETING, a two-day forum conceived as a studio visit on a communal scale, with over 35 artists, curators, and institutional leaders based in Asia and beyond presenting recent works and initiatives through lecture-performances, talks, and discussions. Highlighting individual practices, history and institution building, and subculture cross-pollinations, the program aims to foster opportunities to exchange ideas and forge partnerships for future collaborations. (ACAW)

Speakers of Chinese descent include:

  • Cao Fei – will screen excerpts of her latest works Haze and Fog (2013) and LA Town (2014), both drawn upon her recent fascination with zombie films and other cinematic sources as a context to consider crises of her immediate surroundings: pollution, apathy, and other apocalyptic disasters.
  • Patty Chang – will present on The Wandering Lake: a personal, associative, narrative meditation on mourning, caregiving, geopolitics and landscape. Patty continues her exploration of cultural imaginaries. Thinking about the embodiment of site through performance, it uses water as a medium of politics and poetics from the Wandering Lake in Xinjiang, China, the sea coast of Newfoundland, Canada, and the Aral Sea in Muynak, Uzbekistan.
  • Craig Yee – offers a new definition of ink by describing the intensive characteristics of the medium and how the ink artist subtly and directly (i.e. bodily) controls the absorption and reflection of light entirely through intensive processes and means. Yee will also discuss the semiotics of Ink as a language, reflected through our new understanding that the medium of this language is intensive and process-driven.
  • Yu Cheng-Ta – adapts a playful approach to language in his video works, which involve realistic situations acted out in live performance to communication the artists’ concept of “living theater.” For his project Practicing Live, Yu invited a select group of people to rehearse and then act in a play that he filmed using different camera angles. The family is played by real life art professionals instead of actors. Each role overlaps with each participant’s real-life identity, creating tension and uncovering long-hidden realities and dynamics that today’s young artists must face in the art world.
  • Sun Xun – will present on his upcoming residency and multi-media video installation that uses animals and natural history museum window displays as metaphors for the human condition, political dynamic, and the construction of historicity, Sun Xun ponders: “how might an artist might use of the Cultural Revolution as material but not be political, in the narrow sense of the term?”
  • Li Shurui – discusses her approach to abstraction as anything but about pure, optical forms, but is rather heavily mediated by the surrounding political climate, pollution, and dynamics within the local art community in Heiqiao.
  • Charwei Tsai – presents on Lovely Daze, a curatorial journal featuring works and writings by artists.
  • Zheng Chongbin – A presentation on his “Tacit and No form” project, which examines the viewing contour as the image emerges to attract the nature’s source and its material phenomenon. It is about multiple materials–light, reflection, shadow, and ink (his usual medium)–as one, as a painting, as a sculpture, as space.

and the artist collective Polit-Sheer-Form Office.  (all descriptions taken from the ACAW Artsy page)

See the forum’s schedule for presentation times.

Sunday, October 26, 10:30 – 7 PM
Monday, October 27, 10:30 – 7 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
Registration required; arts professionals receive priority
RSVP Contact with full name, title, and affiliation


5) Stage Sisters, aka Two Stage Sisters (舞台姐妹 / 舞臺姐妹) – 1964 Chinese drama film produced by Shanghai Tianma Film Studio and directed by Xie Jin, starring Xie Fang and Cao Yindi. Made just before the Cultural Revolution, it tells the story of two female Yue (Shaoxing) Opera practitioners from the same troupe who end up taking very different paths in their lives. The film begins in 1935 and ends in 1950, just after the founding of New China. (MoMA).

The film was recently shown as part of China Institute in America’s series The Cultural Revolution on Film.  Gina Marchetti, now Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong writes about the film in her essay “Two Stage Sisters, the Blossoming of a Cultural Revolution Aesthetic”.

Sunday, October 26, 1 PM
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St.
$12/adults; $10/seniors; $8/students; members/free


6) Classical Salon Feat. “JP Jofre Hard Tango Band” – Argentinean bandoneon player-composer JP Jofre plays with with an ensemble that includes eclectic musician and erhu player Sophia Yang.

Sunday, October 26, 4 – 7 PM
Smalls Jazz Club, 183 W 10th St.
No cover, but 1 drink minimum


7) Pepper, Silk & Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East – There is a chapter missing from Jewish history. While most people know the stories of the Jews of Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, few are familiar with the colorful and captivating stories of Jews and the Far East. Please join co-authors, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer and Dr. Ellen Rodman, as they bring this exciting and overlooked part of the Jewish experience to life while talking about their new book, Pepper, Silk & Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East. (China Institute)

Monday, October 27, 6 PM
China Institute, 125 E. 65th St.
$10/member; $15/non-member


8) Luyang Arcade Rooftop Party – An experimental retrospective that captures her interest in games and virtual realms as sites for manipulative, provocative, and critical possibilities, the show transforms the storefront of Wallplay into of a vintage arcade featuring interactive games, videos installations, and a shop of bizarre objects—including candy-hued cancer cell jewelry.  (event Facebook page)

Tuesday, October 28, 7 – 9 PM
Wallplay, 118 Orchard Street


9) Hong Kong: Still One Country, Two Systems? – A discussion of the root causes to have led to the recent demonstrations in Hong Kong and wha the future holds in store for Hong Kong


  • Ho-Fung Hung, Sociologist and Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University
  • Orville Schell (moderator), Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society
  • Fred Teng, CEO, NewsChina Magazine
  • Ishaan Tharoor, Reporter, the Washington Post
  • S. Alice Mong (via Skype), Executive Director, Asia Society Hong Kong

Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 – 8 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
$10/admission; $7/students, seniors


10) Lu Yang Video Room Opening Reception – As the host for Lu Yang’s residency this fall, RU presents a conversation between the artist, curator Xin Wang, and other panelists to explore Yang’s fascination with subculture, death, sexuality, disease, neuroscience, and religion.

Wednesday, October 29, 5 – 7:30 PM
ventana224, 224 N. 6th, Brooklyn


11) The Drugstore and The Football Incident (1975) – A famous leftist documentarian’s take on the Cultural Revolution, in two films from the only cinéma vérité series ever made on the Cultural Revolution. Directed by Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan, introduced by Nancy Jervis, China specialist who worked with the filmmakers on the English versions of the films.

Wednesday, October 29, 6 PM
China Institute, 125 E. 65th St.
$12/member; $15/non-member


12) Artist in Conversation – Lu Yang – As the host for Lu Yang’s residency this fall, RU presents a conversation between the artist, curator Xin Wang, and other panelists to explore Yang’s fascination with subculture, death, sexuality, disease, neuroscience, and religion.

Wednesday, October 29, 7 – 8:30 PM
Residency Unlimited, 340 Court Street #4, Brooklyn

Ongoing Films and Shows

The Golden Era (黄金时代 / 黃金時代) – Ann Hui’s (A Simple Life (桃姐)) drama starring Tang Wei and Feng Shaofeng about the lives of Xiao Hong (萧红 / 蕭紅) and Xiao Jun 萧军 / 蕭軍), two of the most important writers in 20th century China. It was screened out of competition at the 71st Venice International Film Festival and is Hong Kong’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.

Great reviews for Tang Wei in Variety.

At AMC Empire 25


We’ll post a new round-up of exhibition reviews for the current crop of shows.

Closing soon:

Cao Fei: LA Town (Lombard Freid Gallery, 10/25)

“If I Want Blue, I Paint with Orange” Xiaowei Chen Solo Exhibition (49B Studios, 10/30)

Li Daiyun: The Grid (Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, 11/1)

Liu Bolin: A Colorful World? (Klein Sun Gallery, 11/1)

Ai Weiwei (Part I) (Chambers Fine Art, 11/1)

Ai Weiwei (Part II) (Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, 11/1)

Wang Guangle at Pace Gallery (Pace Gallery, 510 W. 25th St.,  11/1)

Opening and newly added:

Lu Yang Arcade (Wallplay, 10/25 – 11/3)

Lu Yang Video Room (Ventana244, 10/17 – 11/23)

Wang Jianwei: Time Temple (Guggenheim Museum, 10/31/14 – 2/26/15)

Sui Jianguo – Blind Portraits (Doris C. Freedman Plaza (SE entrance to Central Park at 60th and 5th), 10/28/14 – 2/20/15)

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

Visit the exhibition calendar ( for details for the following shows below.  As always, check the museum or gallery’s website for hours of operation.  Exhibitions marked with an asterisk have reviews that were posted on Beyond Chinatown.  Click on the asterisk to go to the post.

* Cao Fei: LA Town (Lombard Freid Gallery, 10/25)

TRANSPLANT – Young Taiwanese Architectural Designer Exhibition (台灣建築新人聯展在紐約) (Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, 10/26)

“If I Want Blue, I Paint with Orange” Xiaowei Chen Solo Exhibition (49B Studios, 10/30)

Li Daiyun: The Grid (Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, 11/1)

* Liu Bolin: A Colorful World? (Klein Sun Gallery, 11/1)

* Ai Weiwei (Part I) (Chambers Fine Art, 11/1)

* Ai Weiwei (Part II) (Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, 11/1)

Wang Guangle at Pace Gallery (Pace Gallery, 510 W. 25th St.,  11/1)

Lu Yang Arcade (Wallplay, 10/25 – 11/3)

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

Zhai Liang: “New York is a Big Liar” (Fou Gallery, 11/15)

Lu Yang Video Room (Ventana224, 10/17 – 11/23)

Lu Zhang: All the Lost Souls (张璐: 所有丢失的灵魂 / 張璐: 所有丟失的靈魂) (Stephen Romano Gallery, 11/30)

ESC: Digital Artworks by C.J. Yeh (The Museum of FIT, 12/13)

Wang Mansheng & Zheng Xiaohua: An Exhibition of Chinese Calligraphy (C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University, December)

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s New York: Assembled Realities (Museum of the City of New York, 10/15/14 – 2/15/15)

Sui Jianguo – Blind Portraits (Doris C. Freedman Plaza (SE entrance to Central Park at 60th and 5th), 2/20/15)

Wang Jianwei: Time Temple (Guggenheim Museum, 2/26/15)

The Art of the Chinese Album (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3/29/15)

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

Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving (Museum of Chinese in America, 3/1/15)

Memory Prints: The Story World of Philip Chen (Museum of Chinese in America, 3/1/15)

Polit-Sheer-Form-Office: Polit Sheer Form!  (Queens Museum, 3/8/15)

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion (New York Historical Society, 4/19/15)

Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution (China Institute, 4/26/15)

Group Shows

Ming-Jer Kuo in The Big Show (Art Factory 10/11 – ??)

Photo by Andrew Shiue