[Updated] Events and Exhibitions: May 23 – May 29, 2014

Chengdu Closing Shop

New music, short films, and Taiwan-related events make up this week’s listings.  I’ve included one event that takes place tonight, 5/22 that I just learned about.

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Upcoming Events

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1) Art for Advocacy – In a timely event following the recent Sunflower Movement, the Taiwanese American Association of New York continues its “Dinner & Discussion” series with an evening titled “Art for Advocacy” which looks at  protest art, or the use of art for advocacy and activism.

Thursday, May 22, 7:30 – 9:30
Bat Haus Coworking Space, 279 Starr St., Brooklyn
Free

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2) (O Ppl Prefer) Techshting A(ny)wayFive short video works by Ying Liu, featuring Ham over Rice, a video painting that draws on motifs from the Chinese myth of Houyi – the legendary archer who saves the world but loses his immortality – to construct a complex, abstract world that reorders, explodes, and reshuffles everyday routines and imbues them with cosmic significance. Using shot-to-shot “film magic,” it interweaves live action, animation, pictorial text and narration to create a highly fluid and heavily textured visual experience, You and Me are Stitched, and Time and Flies

Friday, May 23, 6:30 PM
Emily Harvey Foundation (NY), 537 Broadway
Free

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3) Vicky Chow – New music advocate, pianist for the New York-based sextet Bang on a Can All-Stars, and founding member of DUO X88 performs two boundary-pushing sets at Spectrum, performance space by night and biotechnology company offices by day.

Friday, May 23, 7 PM and 8:15 PM
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow, 2nd Floor.  Ring bell for if door is not open.
$15/general; $10/seniors and students

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4) Passport to Taiwan – Annual street fair celebrates Taiwanese American culture with food, music, and activities.

Sunday, May 25, 12 –  5 PM
Union Square North
Free

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5) Taiwanese Culinary Arts Lecture and Seminar – The Taiwanese American Association of New York hosts this lecture/seminar and food tasting event on Taiwanese Culinary Arts, featuring four award-winning chefs from Taiwan.

Tuesday, May 27, 7 – 9 PM
Institute of Culinary Education, 50 W. 23rd Street
$50

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6) Jen Shyu’s Solo Rites: Seven Breaths directed by Garin Nugroho – Solo performance — that of a woman living simultaneously in multiple cultures and “projecting her ancestry” through contemporary monologue — reveals a personal journey of loss and redemption made universal through the exploration of loss that plagues our modern world — loss of tradition, loss of habitat and loss of public spaces. Sonic, visual, and visceral rites and reflections are found discovered by pilgrimage through Taiwan, East Timor, Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Korea.

Prolific, uncompromising, and renowned Indonesian film and stage director Garin Nugroho (Opera JawaUnder the TreeDaun di Atas Bantal) will direct Shyu’s solo ritual, breathing his distinctive vision for celebrating the exhilarating and sacred into the work.

Wednesday, May 28, 8 – 10 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at the corner of 3rd and Atlantic), Brooklyn
$15/Roulette and Asia Society members/students/seniors; $20/nonmembers

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7) ChinaFile Presents: ‘Ground Up: China on the Margins’ with Photojournalist Sim Chi Yin – David M. Barreda, visuals editor of ChinaFile, chats with Singapore-born photojournalist Sim Chi Yin, whose works document those on the fringe of society in China, such as petitioners, migrants living in Beijing’s basements (See “China’s ‘Rat Tribe'”), and the homeless.

Wednesday, May 28, 6:30 – 8 PM
Open Society Foundation, 224 W. 57th St
Free

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Films

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case – Named after the dissident artist’s sobriquet for his fight against a charge and $1.5 million fine for tax evasion, this documentary chronicles the period after his 81-day detention in solitary confinement where he finds himself in a surveillance hell, constantly watched by cameras and followed by policemen.  Read Hollywood Reporter’s review here and see the trailer below.

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Exhibitions

Closing soon:

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)

Opening and newly added:

I-Ting Hou (侯怡亭) in “Preliminary Study: RSI–T” Curated by Naomi Lev (SLAG Gallery, 5/16 – 6/15)

Love Story by Liu Chuang  ( 刘窗 / 劉窗) (Salon 94 Freemans, 5/7 – 6/21)

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.

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)

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)

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)

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: Chengdu, Andrew Shiue