Events and Exhibitions: May 9 – May 15, 2014

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Art, dance, video, music, lecture, opera, book readings…this week has them all.

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) Jiang Pengyi – Glimpses Opening Reception – The Klein Sun Gallery opens its newest exhibition, Glimpses which is presents to two photographic projects Unregistered City and Everything Illuminates.  “Produced in tandem, the photographs showcase a progression from external issues to internal thoughts, revealing a distinctive change in Jiang Pengyi’s creative direction. In the Unregistered City series, the artist explores ideas of destruction, urbanization and social development; he proceeds to address more spiritual and philosophical aspects in Everything Illuminate” (from exhibition press release)

Fri May 9, 6 – 8 PM
Klein Sun Gallery, 525 W. 22nd St.


2) 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


3) Han Chen: Solo Piano Repertoire of New York – Pianist Han Chen (陳涵 / 陈涵), a champion of modern  music  and emerging composers performs:

Caroline Shaw: Gustave Le Gray (2012)
Han Chen: Impromptus (2012-2013)
Elliott Carter: Two Thoughts About The Piano I. Intermittences (2005) II. Caténaires (2006)
Milica Paranosic: Bubble (is in trouble) (2013) Molly Joyce: Strut (2013-2014)
Missy Mazzoli: Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos (2007)

List to some of Chen’s compositions on his web page.

Fri May 9, 7:30 – 8:30
Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street, Floor 2
$15/adults; $10/students and seniors


4) 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 9, 8 – 9:30 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
$10 members; $12 students/seniors; $15 nonmembers


5) EXSE: Video Works from East and Southeast Asia – cutlog contemporary art fair presents two programs:

“Miniature City Symphonies” – Spanning from native and diaspora experimental filmmakers and artists from South Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia and China, this program jumps in and out of urban objects and constructions, and attempts to connect the recent moving image practice in this region to the makers’ city life.  Featuring works by Aryo Danusiri (Indonesia), Phoebe Ching Ying Man (Hong Kong), Seo Bohyung (South Korea), and Shi Wenhua (China/USA).  Curated by Xin Zhou.

“Japan 3.11” – A recent completed project on the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, this program consists of 17 video works all in 3 minutes 11 seconds, a compilation of what the independent “EIZOU” artists experienced during and after the moment when the earthquake struck Tōhoku area.  Curated by Hiroaki Sato and Katsuyuki Hattori.  To be followed by a Q&A with Hattori via Skype, moderated by Xin Zhou.

Sat May 10, Program 1 – 5:30 PM; Program 2 – 7 PM
The Clemente, 107 Suffolk St.
$15/adults; $10/seniors and students


6) Tan Dun’s The Map – This multimedia presentation of The Map combines live performance by the NYU Symphony Orchestra and video recordings of antiphonal singing, intriguing tongue singing, and emphatic percussive dance of China’s ethnic minorities. Joining the orchestra are Grammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr and leading classical cellist Wendy Sutter.

Pipa virtuoso Zhou Yi will also perform Tan Dun’s Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa.

Mon May 12, 7 – 9 PM
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place
$15 – $35


7) ChinaFile Presents: Evan Osnos – New Yorker correspondent Evan Osnos discusses his new book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China. Based on eight years living in Beijing, Osnos describes the greatest collision currently taking place in China: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control. He will be joined by Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations. Book sales and signing to follow. (from event page)

Wed May 14, 6:30 – 8 PM; live broadcast beginning at 6:30 PM EDT can be viewed at or
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
$15/nonmembers; $12/students and seniors; $10 members


8) Noir, Neon, Karaoke, Crime with Henry Chang – The Asian American Writers Workshop hosts mystery author Henry Chang for a reading from his latest novel Death Money, a noir thriller that “takes us from the benevolent associations of Chinatown to the take-out restaurants, strip clubs, and underground gambling establishments of the Bronx, to a wealthy, exclusive New Jersey borough.”  The $10 entry fee includes a drink and raffle ticket to win a chance to win a free copy of Death Money or a set of Chang’s Chinatown trilogy, including Chinatown BeatYear of the Dog, and Red Jade.  The first 20 people to reserve tickets get a free autographed copy of Death Money!

Learn more about Chang from this New York Times profile.

Thurs May 15, 6:30 PM
Asia Roma, 40 Mulberry Street


9) MOCACITIZEN: David Henry Hwang & Huang Ruo on their new opera An American Soldier – Tony Award®-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Chinglish, The Dance and the Railroad, Kung Fu, Disney’s Tarzan) and composer Huang Ruo (Dr. Sun Yat-sen) will discuss their new opera, based on the true story of Pvt. Danny Chen, a Chinese American soldier in Afghanistan who suffered physical abuse, endured racial taunts, and was later found shot to death in a possible suicide.

Rachel Cooper, Director of Cultural Programs and Performing Arts at Asia Society, will moderate the discussion.

The event is fully booked, but you may register for a live video feed of the event.

Thurs May 15, 7 – 9 PM
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street



Closing soon:

Sub Urbanisms: Casino Company-town, China-town (Lyman Allyn Art Museum, extended to 5/13)

Frames (Fou Gallery, 5/18)

Opening and newly added:

Tales of Two Cities: Beijing and New York (Bruce Museum, 5/3 – 8/14)

Visit the exhibition calendar ( for details for the following shows below.  As always, check the museum or gallery’s website for hours of operation.

Sub Urbanisms: Casino Company-town, China-town (Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 5/13)

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)

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)