[Updated] Events and Exhibitions: December 19 – December 25, 2014

Liu Bolin

The December lull continues with a short menu of events this week, but we’re excited that the two events feature local artists and musicians.  They look to be intriguing twists on the familiar.

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Upcoming Events

1)  A Night with Kaleidos and a Little Jazz – TECO Christmas Concert 

Kaleidos, the emerging world music duo of brilliant Taiwanese multi-percussionist Sayun Chang, and the simmering Puerto Rican classical guitarist Yovianna García, present a unique and exciting guitar/percussion/vocal repertoire that consists of a mix of diverse musical cultures and styles. They will perform a program of aboriginal African and Taiwanese music, Puerto Rican danza ‘El Coquí’, Brazilian bossa nova, Middle Eastern and Latin American flavor and contemporary art music.

Afterwards, jazz pianist Yi-Hsuan Sobina Chi, saxophone player 鄭皓文, singer Shan Y. Chuang and special guest singers, will bring eine kleine jazz music.

Update 12/19: Here’s the duo’s take on the music of the Seediq (賽德克族 / 赛德克族), one of fourteen aboriginal groups of Taiwan.


Friday, December 19, 7 – 9 PM
Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York, 1 East 42nd Street
Free, but RSVP requested


2) Pan Ge: Sky Project Closing Reception –  In her MFA thesis show, artist Pan Ge presents a new look of landscapes and the big empty above us through a collection of floating balloon sculptures  in the sky.

The exhibition runs through December 21.



Saturday, December 20, 2 – 5 PM
Stuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

Ongoing Films and Shows

1) 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


2) Back in Time (匆匆那年) – Based on the best selling novel series by Jiu Ye Hui (later adapted into a popular web series), a man (Eddie Peng) looks back on his life growing up in Beijing during the 1980s. Recounting his experiences to a wedding photographer, he recounts the bad, the good and how the support of those around him — and that one true love — allowed him to endure. He realizes the heartache felt in breaking up with her has made him the man he is today, for better or worse, and he looks toward the future to try and change who he is. (China Lion Film)

Check listings at AMC Empire 25 in Times Square, College Point Multiplex Cinemas, and other AMC Theatres around the US and Canada for showtimes.


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

Closing soon:

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

Shien-Mao Lin (林憲茂 / 林宪茂) Solo Exhibition (Hwang Gallery, 12/21)

Wang Mansheng & Zheng Xiaohua: An Exhibition of Chinese Calligraphy (C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University, December)

Opening and newly added:

Szu-Wei Ho (何思瑋 / 何思玮) – Spending Time with Time (Gallery 456, 11/20 – 12/23)

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.  We’ve noted exhibitions for which a review has been published.

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

Shien-Mao Lin (林憲茂 / 林宪茂) Solo Exhibition (Hwang Gallery, 12/21)

Szu-Wei Ho (何思瑋 / 何思玮) – Spending Time with Time (Gallery 456, 12/23)

Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral (Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 12/31) (review)

Inside Outside  (Klein Sun Gallery, 1/10/15)

Sun Xun: The Time Vivarium (Sean Kelly Gallery, 1/24/15)

Michael Wang: Rivals (Andrea Rosen Gallery, 1/24/15)

Hsu Kuohuang: Views of Taroko Gorge (M. Sutherland Fine Art, 1/31/15)

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) (WSJ 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: Liu Bolin – Junk Food No. 3, photo by Andrew Shiue