Events and Exhibitions: June 6 – June 12, 2014

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If you like movies or are interested in the story of one of the Four Beauties of Chinese culture, Yang Guifei (杨贵妃 / 楊貴妃), this is the week for you!

Please let us know about events and art exhibitions so we can 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

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1) All Hail the King: The Films of King HuThe Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York and BAM present a fifteen-film retrospective of legendary wuxia director King Hu (胡金銓 / 胡金铨).  The series showcases films directed by Hu himself, including Come Drink with Me  (大醉侠 / 大醉俠), Dragon Gate Inn  (龙门客栈 / 龍門客棧), and A Touch of Sin (侠女 / 俠女) whose English title was the inspiration for the English title of Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin (天注定).  The retrospective also presents films influenced by Hu like Tsui Hark’s (徐克) The Blade (刀), Ang Lee’s (李安) Crouching Tiger , Hidden Dragon  (卧虎藏龙 / 臥虎藏龍); and Tsai Ming-liang’s ( 蔡明亮) Goodbye, Dragon Inn (不散).  Also included are less obvious celluloid relatives like Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and American film Johnny Guitar starring Joan Crawford.   The retrospective runs from June 5 – 17.

More information is also available from the Taipei Cultural Center.

We’ll do a full post with synopses and trailers soon.

June 5 – 17, see BAM website or Beyond Chinatown’s calendar for showtimes
BAM – Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
$13/adult; $8/BAM members; $10/seniors

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2) Princess Yang Kwei-fei – This film by Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi (溝口 健二) tells the tragic true story of Yang Guifei (杨贵妃 / 楊貴妃), the beloved consort of the last Tang Dynasty emperor Xuanzong (唐玄宗), whose family’s machinations against the emperor led to strife within the empire and her reluctant execution by the emperor.   The film is a co-production between Daiei Film and Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers Studio and was later remade by the Shaw Brothers as The Magnificent Concubine  (杨贵妃 / 楊貴妃). 

Friday, June 5, 7 PM
Museum of the Moving Image,36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
$12/adults; $9/seniors and students; free/members (includes admission to the museum)

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3) MOCAFAMILY: Dragon Boat Family Festival – The Museum of Chinese in America hosts a family day with arts and crafts, storytelling, and other fun activities to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival.

Saturday, June 7, 12 – 4 PM
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street
$10/person; $8/MOCA Dual and Individual Level members; Free/Family Level members, children under 2, and Cool Culture families.  Advanced ticket purchase required

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4) The Story of Yu-Huan – In this two-act production by Joanna Chan, the Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America also tells the story of Yang Guifei, referring to her by her given name Yang Yuhuan (杨玉环 / 楊玉環).   Performed in English and Mandarin and is completely understandable to English-speaking audiences.

May 30 – June 22; see website for specific showtimes
Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue
$25/general admission; $20/seniors and students; Wed and Thursday: pay-what-you-can

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Ongoing Films and Shows

All Hail the King: The Films of King Hu – June 6 – 17

The Story of Yu-Huan – May 30 – June 22

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Exhibitions

Closing soon:

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

China: June 4, 1989 (Whitebox Art Center, 6/10)

I-Ting Hou (侯怡亭) in “Preliminary Study: RSI–T” Curated by Naomi Lev (SLAG Gallery, 6/15)

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

Now You See – New Video Art from the Collection of Dr. Michael I. Jacobs (Whitebox Art Center,  6/15)

Opening and newly added:

Now You See – New Video Art from the Collection of Dr. Michael I. Jacobs (Whitebox Art Center, 5/25 – 6/15)

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.

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

Visual China New York City 2014 (Sino Art Resources, 6/9)

China: June 4, 1989 (Whitebox Art Center, 6/10)

I-Ting Hou (侯怡亭) in “Preliminary Study: RSI–T” Curated by Naomi Lev (SLAG Gallery, 6/15)

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

Now You See – New Video Art from the Collection of Dr. Michael I. Jacobs (Whitebox Art Center,  6/15)

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

Love Story by Liu Chuang  ( 刘窗 / 劉窗) (Salon 94 Freemans, 6/21)

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

Modernity 3.0 (80 WSE Gallery, 7/12)

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

Tales of Two Cities: Beijing and New York (Bruce Museum, 8/14)

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)

 Image: Warrior and the Girl, Andrew Shiue