Events and Exhibitions: May 2 – May 8, 2014

Double Umbrella

May is off to a strong start!  Two events commemorating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, our first post about an event in the Bronx, our first listing of a Macau-related exhibit, and one event that should have rightfully been posted next week but was just too good to wait to list!

Please let us know about events and art exhibitions so we share them with others interested in Chinese culture.

The one-time and short term event calendar and the ongoing exhibition calendar are updated with events from this week and other events as they come up.  Upcoming events will appear in the calendar on the right side of the page.

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Upcoming Events

1) Asian American Arts and Activism in NYC – Artists and activists lead an interactive dialogue about the important political and social issues their work addresses.

Panelists:

– Corinne Manabat: Media Educator, Filmmaker: ‘Why We Rise’, Tribeca Film Institute
– Corky Lee: Undisputed Unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate of NYC
– Ryan Lee Wong: Exhibition organizer, Program Director, Asian American Writers’ Workshop
– Betty Yu, Multi-media artist, organizer, Center for Media Justice
– Cynthia Brothers (moderator): Consultant: 18MillionRising.org, Hyphen Magazine, Four Freedoms Fund

Sat May 3, 7 – 8 PM
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Free (see link for details)

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2) Spring Roll Fest – The Echo Music Festival presents an evening of Chinese musicians from a variety of genres.

Sat May 3, 5 – 10 PM
Santos Party House Downstairs, 96 Lafayette Street
16+ID $15 presale $20 at the door

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3) One Kind of Behavior Opening Reception – Taiwanese artist Shyu Ruey-Shiann (徐瑞憲 / 徐瑞宪) a pioneer in the contemporary kinetic art movement, opens his latest installation at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.  Dozens of steel buckets housing mechanical devices to tilt them are laid out on the museum’s second floor terrace to create visual and auditory effect.  The exhibit runs from May 1  – August 17, 2014.

More: http://www.bronxmuseum.org/exhibitions/shyu-ruey-shiann-one-kind-of-behavior

Sun May 4, 2 – 5 PM
2nd Floor North Wing Terrace, Bronx Museum of Art, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Free admission and bar (donations suggested)

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4) A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America – Asian CineVision hosts the kickoff event for A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A/P/A to inform and invite people to capture snapshots of their experiences as Asian Pacific Americans or what APA experiences they witness in NYC on May 10th. Several NYC-based photographers will talk about the A/P/A experiences they have captured and what they have in mind for May 10th, the anniversary of the day a historic photo commemorating the 1869 completion of the Utah Central Railroad was taken in which none of the 12,000 Chinese laborers who had worked on the construction were not included and recognized.

Presenters expected to attend include: Corky Lee, An Rong Xu, Stephen A. Yang, Mitsuko Brooks, Lia Chang and Sara Francini.

Sun May 4, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Ran Tea House, 269 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
Free

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5) An Evening with Patty Chang and David Kelly  – Patty Chang and David Kelley discuss their collaborative video work Flotsam Jetsam (2007) currently on view at MoMA—and a selection of other projects. While the pair work across a wide range of mediums and disciplines, from sculpture, drawing, and photography to film, performance, and new media, at the core of their collaboration is the intersection of site and the imaginary.

Patty Chang and David Kelley discuss their collaborative video work Flotsam Jetsam (2007) currently on view at MoMA—and a selection of other projects. While the pair work across a wide range of mediums and disciplines, from sculpture, drawing, and photography to film, performance, and new media, at the core of their collaboration is the intersection of site and the imaginary.

Route 3 (2011) is their recent video about a newly completed highway in rural Laos connecting China with Thailand that has accelerated Chinese development of Lao agricultural and gambling industries, and the migration of rural Lao minority populations to the growing roadside towns.

Spiritual Myopia (2014), a new multipart video installation that examines the infrastructure of petro-industry in the oil sands of northern Canada.

Mon May 5, 7 PM
Theater 2, Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd Street
$12/Adults; $10/Seniors; $8/Students; Free for members, $5/Guests of members

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6) Shimmers in the Drawer Opening Reception – Liang-Pin Tsao (曹良賓 / 曹良宾) opens his solo show about memories, scattered and stored away in a metaphorical drawer, that are waiting to be rediscovered.  The exhibition runs from May 8 – 29, 2014.

Thurs May 8, 6 – 8 PM
Chinese American Arts Council / Gallery 456, 3rd Floor, 456 Broadway
Free

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7) The Escape and Rescued Memories: New York Stories – Dancer, choreogropher, and NYU A/P/A Institute visiting scholar presents multidisciplinary dance pieces that explore the lives of early 20th-century Chinese migrant women through dance, martial arts, film, and soundscapes.

The Escape is inspired by stories of women who, after being trafficked into the United States, sought refuge in San Francisco’s Donaldina Cameron House, a faith-based social service agency that today continues to serve Asian communities living in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Rescued Memories: New York Stories retraces the life of Bessie M. Lee (Bessie You Toy–b. 1894), who spent two years in indentured servitude after migrating to New York City to work for a wealthy Chinese family.

A conversation featuring the artists, community organizers, and scholars will follow the performance.

Thurs May 8, 8 – 9:30 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
$10 members; $12 students/seniors; $15 nonmembers

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8) UNTITLEDdialogue 15: My Generation – Fou Gallery’s excellent art talk series invites groundbreaking art critic and curator Barbara Pollack to talk about her curatorial concept and details about the upcoming summer exhibition–My Generation.  My Generation, co-presented by Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, will feature 27 young artists from Mainland China born after the Cultural Revolution and who grew up during a time of rapid economic growth and social change.

Fri May 9, 6:30 – 8 PM
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building, New York University, 34 Stuyvesant Street
$5 suggested donation

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Exhibitions

Closing soon:

Li Liao, Liu Chuang, No Survivors, Pak Sheung Chuen, Yang Xinguang (formerly simple life is interesting!) (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/3)

Classic Macau (Wilkinson Gallery, 5/6)

Sub Urbanisms: Casino Company-town, China-town (Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 5/12)

Frames (Fou Gallery, 5/18)

Opening and newly added:

Classic Macau (Wilkinson Gallery, 4/25 – 5/6)

One Kind of Behavior (Bronx Museum of Art, 5/1 – 8/17)

Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition (Storm King Art Center, 5/3 – 11/9)

Shimmers in the Drawer (Gallery 456, 5/8 – 5/29)

Jiang Pengyi: Glimpses (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/9 – 6/21)

Flotsam Jetsam (MoMA, 3/15 – 8/15)

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.

Li Liao, Liu Chuang, No Survivors, Pak Sheung Chuen, Yang Xinguang (formerly simple life is interesting!) (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/3)

Classic Macau (Wilkinson Gallery, 5/6)

Sub Urbanisms: Casino Company-town, China-town (Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 5/12)

Frames (Fou Gallery, 5/18)

Shimmers in the Drawer (Gallery 456, 5/29)

The Place Where We Belong To (Taiwan Cultural Center, 5/30)

Cai Jin: Return to the Source (蔡锦: 溯源) (Chambers, Fine Art, 5/31)

Inspired by Dunhuang: Re-creation in Contemporary Chinese Art (China Institute, 6/8)

Qin Feng: Ink Innovator (Ethan Cohen Kube, 6/15)

Jiang Pengyi: Glimpses (Klein Sun Gallery, 6/21)

Maples in the Mist: Chinese Poems for Children Illustrated by Jean & Mou-sien Tseng (Zimmerli Art Museum, 6/22)

Ai Weiwei: According to What? (Brooklyn Museum, 8/10)

Flotsam Jetsam (MoMA, 8/15)

One Kind of Behavior (Bronx Museum of Art, 8/17)

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)