Events and Exhibitions: May 30 – June 5, 2014

Goddess of Democracy, San Francisco

This week is packed with ten events and sixteen exhibitions.  How will you choose which one to go to??

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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) 晚唐詩歌奇葩 – 杜牧和李商隱 – Renwen Society lecture in Mandarin about the Late Tang Dynasty poetry of Du Mu and Li Shang-Yin.

Saturday, May 31, 2 -4 PM
China Institute, 125 E. 65th Street
Free/members; $5/nonmembers, registration required


2) M.F.A. Lab @RAN #7: Oscars Go Dragon Boating! – Seven narrative, experimental, documentary and animated films by talented filmmakers of Chinese descent includes many films that were finalists or winners at this year’s Student Academy Awards.  The directors will be in attendance or will join via Skype for Q&A sessions.

Saturday, May 31, 6 – 8:30 PM
Ran Tea House, 269 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn


3) Chinese Music Ensemble of New York 2014 Annual Spring Concert – The only full-scale Chinese instrument orchestra’s concert presents music from China’s ethnic minorities.  See their flyer.

Sunday, June 1, 3 – 5 PM
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th Street
$25/General Admission; $15/Students and Seniors


4) A Dream of Red Pavilions (Staged Reading) – If Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience didn’t satisfy your Cao Xueqin fix, the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre presents a staged reading of A Dream of Red Pavilions, a world premiere adapted by Jeremy Tiang from the classic epic, co-directed by Lu Yu and Tisa Chang.

Sunday, June 1, 4 PM
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard
$10/General Admission; $5/Members and Students


5) China: June 4, 1989Whitebox Art Center and Asian American Arts Centre commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre with an exhibition of works from twenty artists.  The Asian American Arts Centre has previously curated a show relating to the crackdown.  This exhibition runs from June 1 – June 10.

Sunday, June 1, 11 – 6 PM
Whitebox Art Center, 329 Broome Street


6) Un-glitz: Art Activism and Global Cities – This discussion will focus on ongoing artistic production on land use in global cities in a comparative conversation between artist practitioners working on gentrification issues in New York’s lower east side, the rural reconstruction movement in rural villages on the outskirts of Shanghai, and West Kowloon Cultural District and other development in Hong Kong.

The Lower East Side and Chinatown from the 1970s to the present has seen a drastic shift from art studios, grassroots arts organizations and multiple migrant communities to becoming the home of The New Museum, a new grouping of commercial art gallery spaces, and high-end condo developments. Both Chinatown and the Lower East Side has been caught in this change, and artist spaces and artists have moved and relocated to spaces such as Brooklyn.

Tuesday, June 3, 6 – 8 PM
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, 8 Washington Mews
Free, but RSVP required


7) Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China – From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy—or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. What we don’t see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes. As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control.

The New York Times recently interviewed Osnos

Tuesday, June 3, 5:30 – 7 PM
New York Institute of Technology, 1871 Broadway
Free, but $25 will be charged if registration canceled after May 30.  Registration closes 5 PM on May 29


8) Yellow Peril! – Jack Tchen and Dylan Yeats talk about their new book that surveys a collection of anti-Asian images and writings which were intended to create paranoia and fear. Come explore a fascinating archive of paintings, photos, posters, comics and more that enforced racist ideas in Western culture.  First come, first served; so, arrive early.

Wednesday, June 4, 6:30 PM
Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard Street
Free, but seats can be reserved in advance with purchase of book.


9) Modernity 3.0 Opening Reception and Panel Discussion – Opening evening for a group exhibition featuring Fou Gallery artist Lin Yan (林延) , Tiong Ang, Xu Bing (徐冰) , Yang Fudong (杨福东), Yu Hua (虞华), Aglaia Konrad, Nikki S.Lee, Sarah Morris, Marion von Osten and Pei Yongmei (裴永明) .  A panel discussion with Xu Bing, John Rajchman, and Lily Chumley will run from 7- 8 PM.  For additional information see this page.

Thursday, June 5, 6 – 8:30 PM
New York University, 80 WSE Gallery, 80 Washington Square East


10) American Philanthropy in China: Retrospective and Perspective – Co-hosted by Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations and China Medical Board, an independent American foundation for advancing health in China and Asia, this special event will provide an opportunity to reflect on a century of Rockefeller and American philanthropy in China, while also looking ahead toward the emergence of a new Chinese philanthropy.

What is the legacy of American philanthropy and cultural engagement in China? What will be the forces shaping philanthropy, both local and international, in this new era where China is increasingly prosperous and influential worldwide?

Thursday, June 5, 4 – 7 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
Free, but advance registration required



Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case – Now playing at IFC Center – 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.



Closing soon:

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:

Visual China New York City 2014 (Sino Art Resources, 5/10 – 6/9)

China: June 4, 1989 (Whitebox Art Center (6/1 – 6/10)

Modernity 3.0 (80 WSE Gallery, 6/5 – 6/12)

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

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)

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

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

Modernity 3.0 (80 WSE Gallery, 6/12)

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: Goddess of Democracy, San Francicso, Andrew Shiue