Events and Exhibitions: November 7 – 13, 2014

A Painter, 2014

Highlights this week include Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan’s visit to Columbia University’s Weatherhead Institute, M. Sutherland Fine Art’s new exhibition Hsu Kuohuang: Views of Taroko Gorge, Lu Zhang’s short exhibition The Birth from Tragedy.  We’re also curious about the two events at China Institute.  First, a talk about post-WWII China, and the other, a screening of a film regarding an incident during the Cultural Revolution

We’ve added links to two reviews to Zhai Liang: “New York is a Big Liar” at Fou Gallery and a review to China Institute’s Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution exhibition.  Definitely visit the show to see its watercolor paintings.

Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition closes with Storm King Art Center’s season this weekend.  So, get up there and spend some time outdoors.

Lu Yang Arcade has been extended to November 10.

Our exhibition calendar has been updated with all current shows.

Looking ahead:

Ursula Liang’s 9-Man, a documentary on a uniquely Chinese American Sport, will screen as part of DOC NYC at SVA on November 15.

Jen Shyu has a residency at Shapeshifter Lab from November 14 – 16.

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The River of Life (生命的河流)– Independent curator and critic Xin Zhou introduces Chinese documentary filmmaker Yang Pingdao’s (杨平道 / 楊平道) The River of Life (2014) at Codes and Modes conference at Hunter College. This film was among many that were scheduled to show at the canceled Beijing Independent Film Festival this summer.

Film synopsis: An autobiographical take on the author’s personal struggle as a son and a father, Yang Pingdao puts his camera in his private/family space, exposing the banal and everyday life of a southern family in contemporary China. This film won the Jury’’s Award at the 2014 Beijing Independent Film Festival.

Saturday, November 8, 1:30 – 3 PM
The Lang Theater, Room HN424, Hunter College
Free, but registration required

Update 2:

Crosscurrent – A Dance and Music explosion! The Luxembourg International Composition Prize Winning Composer Huang Ruo and classical music superstar New Asia Chamber Music Society will join the beautiful and diverse dancers of the internationally renowned Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for a dance and music exploration into their upcoming, new and collaborative works. This is the first of a series of presentation for their new project, CrossCurrent.

Sunday, November 9, 1 PM
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
$15/General Admission; $10/students and members

Upcoming Events

1) Mo Yan and Chinese Literature – The Weatherhead East Asian Institute hosts Mo Yan, 2012 Nobel Prize Recipient in Literature, for a talk with with John Coatsworth, Provost; Professor of International and Public Affairs and History, Columbia University and Lydia H. Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University.

Friday, November 7, 12 PM
Low Memorial Library, Columbia University
Free, but registration required


2) Nai-Ni Chen at Fridays at Noon – Nai-Ni Chen’s dancers will perform her signature work about faith and hope, Incense.  Other performances include: Ae, a poetic rendering of love and sadness by Seoul International Choreography prize winner Youn Puluem; Memory Current choreographed by Adam Barruch and performed by Miki Orihara, long time principal of the Martha Graham Dance Company.

Live stream by 92Y Harkness Dance Center and NYU’s Tisch Dance and New Media Program available here.

Friday, November 7, 12 PM
92YButtenwieser Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St


3) MOCAREADS: Chinese Yankee by Ruthanne Lum McCunn – Ruthanne Lum McCunn will talk about her new historical novel, Chinese Yankee about the real-life Chinese Yankee Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way) who was enslaved, fought for his freedom in the Civil War, and continued to battle for his rights until his death in 1891.

Saturday, November 8, 2:30 PM
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street
$10/Adults; $7/Students & Seniors; Free/Members


4) The Story of an American Marine in China – Jeffrey Bingham Mead shares his research and journey into history of post-WWII China through the experiences of his father, Herbert Bingham Mead, who served in Beijing and Tianjin during that time.

Sunday, November 9, 2 PM
China Institute, 125 E. 65th St.
Free, but registration required


5) Lu Zhang: The Birth from Tragedy – Opening Reception – The Birth from Tragedy (塵) presents Lu’s ceramic sculptures, pottery installation, drawings and photography. Combining the power of acceptance, the rebirth from pain and the recognition of being, Lu autobiographically sculpts the invisible parts of everyday existence into her vision. She believes people cannot avoid the fate of tragic experience, that they feel existence from pain, and that pleasure is gained and truth is found from suffering. She also believes in wu wei( 无为 / 無爲), which in Taoism, is defined as acting and being natural.

Exhibition runs from 11/10 – 11/14

Sunday, November 9, 4 – 8 PM
DeKalkb Gallery, Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn


6) An Evening with Jimmy Wong Yu: Master of the Flying Guillotine – Postponed from the New York Asian Film Festival in July, Jimmy Wong Yu (王羽) will be presented the New York Asian Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award and will participate in an on-stage discussion before a screening of his massively entertaining martial-arts classic Master of the Flying Guillotine, projected on glorious 35mm

Co-presented with Subway Cinema and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York.

Tuesday, November 11, 7 PM
Walter Reade Theatre, Walter Reade Theatre, 125 W. 65th Street
$25/Adult; $20/Student, senior, Film Society members


5) Though I’m Gone (我虽死去 / 我雖死去) – China Institute’s excellent Cultural Revolution on  Film series continues with this gripping documentary about the Cultural Revolution’s first violent event, which took place at a prestigious girls’ high school in Beijing. Directed by Hu Jie and introduced by Weili Ye, a former student at the girls’ school and Professor of Chinese History at UMass/Boston. (China Institute)

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


7) Hsu Kuohuang: Views of Taroko Gorge – Opening Reception – The exhibition Hsu Kuohuang: Views of Taroko Gorge contains an incredible selection of sixteen new works by the artist, presented as traditional hanging scroll and framed works.   Hsu Kuohuang’s fourth exhibition at M. Sutherland Fine Arts draws its inspiration from the breathtaking peaks and gorges of Taroko Gorge National Park in eastern Taiwan. Hsu dramatizes the extreme landscape forms with cropped compositions and shimmering brushwork. His painting style has grown more confident and experimental through the years. These recent works display the inner strength and freshness of an artist at the pinnacle of his creative powers. He is not afraid to lend ambiguity to rock and landscape elements to suspend reality in the scenery, thereby encouraging the viewer to linger over the virtuosity of his brushwork as abstract technique. Students of Chinese painting history can see the links between Hsu and early 20th Century Shanghai School artists, back to Nanjing Eccentrics of the 18th Century, and then to Late Wu School masters. The difference is, Hsu uses these traditions as a springboard from which he embraces a modern fantastic realm, but one with subtle classical and figurative references.

Exhibition runs from November 12, 2014 – January 31, 2015

Wednesday, November 12, 6 PM
M. Sutherland Fine Arts, 55 East 80th Street, Second Floor


8) MOCACITIZEN: What’s Up with the Hyphen? A Conversation on Chinese American Identity with Eric Liu – What does it mean to be Chinese American in this moment? What are the nuances of “Chinese American”, “Chinese-American”, and “Chinese/American”? And how does exploring these questions alter our notions of just what an American is and will be? Through the lens of an American-born son raised by immigrant parents and a father raising a Chinese American daughter, Eric Liu, author of A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream, examines how we compose an American identity and what it means to be a citizen in America.

Wednesday, November 12, 7 PM
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street
$12/Adult; $10/Student & Senior; $7/MOCA Member

Ongoing Films and Shows

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


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

Closing soon:

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

Lu Yang Arcade (Wallplay, 11/10)

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:

Transformation: Recent Works by Wu Jian’an (白猿涅槃: 邬建安近作 / 白猿涅槃: 鄔建安近作) (Chambers Fine Art, 11/6 – 12/20)

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 ( for details for the following shows below.  As always, check the museum or gallery’s website for hours of operation.  We’ve noted exhibitions for which a review has been published.

Lu Yang Arcade (Wallplay, 11/10)

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) (review by Qianfan Gu in Chinese and by our review in English)

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, 1/10/15)

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) (review)

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) (review)

Image: Lu Zhang – A Painter