Events and Exhibitions: October 31 – November 6, 2014

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Asian Contemporary Art Week continues with events including the opening of Polit-Sheer-Form Office‘s show at the Queens Museum.   The art collective has a couple of events in the city including a performance in Times Square and a talk at Asia Art Archive in America.   See the ACAW program page for other events outside our scope that are going on.

Wang Jianwei: Time Temple opens at the Guggenheim on October 31.

Onto sadder news, of the other exhibitions closing this weekend,  our picks would include Liu Bolin: A Colorful World?Wang Guangle at Pace Gallery, and Li Daiyun: The Grid.

We are completely disturbed, fascinated, and obsessed with Lu Yang Arcade.  Be sure to visit it before it closes on Monday.  Another exhibition of hers closes later in the month.

Lu Yang isn’t the only artist with two exhibitions on the calendar.  Lu Zhang’s All the Lost Souls will be joined by her The Birth of Tragedy when it opens next week.

Be sure to see the unique perspective on New York City in Zhai Liang’s New York is a Big Liar at Fou Gallery before it closes in two weeks.  Our review will be up this weekend.

TRANSPLANT – Young Taiwanese Architectural Designer Exhibition (台灣建築新人聯展在紐約) has been extended to November 15.

The timely Lessons in Dissent is the non-art highlight the week.

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Upcoming Events

1) Polit-Sheer-Form! Opening – Opening day for China-based art collective Polit-Sheer-Form-Office’s (artists Hong Hao, Xiao Yu, Song Dong, Liu Jianhua and curator/critic Leng Lin) new exhibition at Queens Museum in which they tackle the question of “we” in a “me” world.

From 6 – 6:45 PM, the artists will create a “Tofu Wall”

Saturday, November 1, 4 – 8 PM
Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Free

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2) Performance – Polit-Sheer-Form Office: Do the Same Good Deed – In conjunction with their exhibition at Queens Museum, Polit-Sheer-Form-Office brings performance art to Times Square in this event that lets you “participate in a new socialism for the 21st century…right in the heart of the Capital of Capital.”

Monday, November 3, 12 PM
Times Square, 42nd – 44th Street Plazas
Free, but RSVP required

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3) Hai-Dao Ensemble NYC Debut – Dedicated to performing, commissioning, and redefining new music from Asia, Ensemble Hai-Dao is a group of outsdanding muscians led by two young Asian composers Kaito Nakahori and Shiuan Chang. “Hai-Dao” 海島, meaning “island” in Mandarin, was chosen since both founders come from the island countries of Taiwan and Japan.  Moreover, “HD” or “high definition” also exemplifies their vision to deliver extraordinary quality of contemporary music performance and curation (http://www.hdensemble.com).

Here’s the program:

Toru Takemitsu – Air
Isang Yun – Rencontre
Ying Wang – Cycle (U.S. Premiere)
Kenji Sakai – Concerto D’automne (New York Premiere)
Lei Liang – Gobi Canticle
Shiuan Chang – 大街小巷 (New York premiere)
Kaito Nakahori – Japanese Footbridge (New York premiere)

Lei Liang – Gobi Canticle

Kaito Nakahori – Japanese Footbridge

Tuesday, November 4, 8 PM
Merkin Concert Hall, Goodman House, 129 W. 67th St.
$25/Adult; $15/student

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4)  An Evening of Cultural Revolution Cinema – Immerse yourself in the Cultural Revolution in this illustrated lecture by Richard Peña, with excerpts from the eight model operas and the feature film Breaking with Old Ideas (決裂 / 決裂) (1975).

Wednesday, November 5, 6 PM
China Institute, 125 E. 65th St.
$12/member; $15/non-member

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5) Polit-Sheer-Form Office – Conversation at Asia Art Archive in America – PSFO talks about their current solo exhibition Polit Sheer Form! at the Queens Museum, followed by a conversation with curator Ruijun Shen from Times Museum, Guangzhou. This presentation will explore the following questions: What is the real meaning of collectivism? What is the function of ‘pure political form’? How has the idea of ‘we’ inside ‘me’ developed over the past 9 years of art practice?

Wednesday, November 5, 7 PM
Asia Art Archive in America, 43 Remsen St, Brooklyn
Free, but RSVP required

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6) Lessons in Dissent Lessons in Dissent follows two key youngsters, Joshua Wong and Ma Jai, as they engage in political activism, particularly around the 2012 Hong Kong government’s attempt to institute the Moral and National Education curriculum, an initiative that set off massive protests decrying its ideological intent.  A Q&A with the director and a discussion with political and cultural experts will follow the screening.

Presented by New America NYC in collaboration with ChinaFile.

Thursday, November 6, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
New America NYC, 199 Lafayette Street Suite 3B
Free, but RSVP required


Ongoing Films and Shows

1) 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

2) Wang Jianwei: Time Temple Exhibition Related Events – The Guggenheim has two ongoing programs presented in conjunction with the exhibition:

  • The Morning Time Disappeared –  Inspired by Franz Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis (1915), this 55- minute film explores the transformation of contemporary China and looks at how the boundary between reality and fiction becomes blurred and abstracted. Like Kafka’s novella, the video positions itself in a state of imaginary realism. (Guggenheim)Daily at 1 and 5 PM through February 15, 2015
    New Media Theater, Guggenheim Museum
    Free with admission
  • Exhibition Tour in Mandarin – Guggenheim gallery educator Fuchiawen Lien focuses on themes and artworks in the exhibition Wang Jianwei: Time Temple.Every Saturday at 12 PM through February 15, 2015
    Guggenheim Museum (Meet at the entrance to the exhibition in Tower 2)
    Free with admission

Exhibitions

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

Closing soon:

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)

Lu Zhang – The Birth from Tragedy (Dekalb Gallery, Pratt Institute, 11/14)

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

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, 11/15)

Opening and newly added:

Inside Outside  (Klein Sun Gallery, 11/6 /14 – 1/3/15)

Lu Zhang – The Birth from Tragedy (Dekalb Gallery, Pratt Institute, 11/9 – 11/14)

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.  Exhibitions marked with an asterisk have reviews that were posted on Beyond Chinatown.  Click on the asterisk to go to the post.

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)

Lu Zhang – The Birth from Tragedy (Dekalb Gallery, Pratt Institute, 11/14)

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

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, 11/15)

Lu Yang Video Room (Ventana224, 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)

Inside Outside  (Klein Sun Gallery, 1/3/15)

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s New York: Assembled Realities (Museum of the City of New York, 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)

Photo by Andrew Shiue