Events and Exhibitions: January 30 – February 5, 2015

Qianling Mausoleum

On the calendar this week are a couple of talks about Taiwan and China by scholars in the field.  They take place during the day at Columbia University.  We hope a few of you can make them.  We’ll let you know if any are available online for later viewing.  Also, there’s an opening reception for a photography exhibition (we haven’t had one on the calendar for a while, I don’t think) and an evening of great music at Shapeshifter Labs.

We added reviews to Damon Chua’s “uneven but beautifully staged” Film Chinois.  See the Ongoing Films and Shows section below.

Looking ahead…

On February 7, EnMaze Pictures will Shorts Go Beyond: Stories in New York, a program of New York-themed short films.  We’ll have a post to introduce the event by the weekend.

On February 18, ChinaFile will present a discussion between Michael Meyer and Ian Buruma about Meyer’s new book Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China.  A post to introduce the event will be up soon.

Acclaimed  Taiwanese choreographer and dancer Huang Yi dances with robots in a production at 3 Legged Dog Art & Technology Center that will run from February 11 – 17.

We add listings to our one-time and short term event and ongoing exhibition calendars as we learn of them.  If you know of anything or would like to contribute photos or an article, shoot us an email at

In case you missed our “in case you missed it” digest where we collect all the things we posted on our Facebook page and Twitter account in the past week, here it is.

Upcoming Events

1) Turning the Page: The Art of the Chinese Album – Joseph Scheier-Dolberg, Assistant Curator in the Department of Asian Art at the Met discusses the current exhibition.

Friday, February 6, 4 – 5 PM
Schermerhorn Hall, Room 963, Columbia University

2)  Lin Yilin in conversation with Gianni Jetzer – Asia Art Archive In America hosts Lin Yilin (林一林) and Gianni Jetzer, co-curator of Le Mouvement.  Since the early 1990s, Lin Yilin has focused on performance, sculptural installation and public intervention to investigate the relationship between the body and its surroundings, and to test the limits of public space through absurd yet subtle actions. For Le Mouvement, a three-part exhibition which examined the nature and uses of the body, sculpture and public space, Lin presented his latest piece The Departure From Her Feet, in which the artist slowly rolled down the streets toward the town hall from three different sites in three consecutive days.  (Asia Art Archive in America)

Lin Yilin Performance (Excerpts) from lylstudio:

Friday, February 6, 7 – 8 PM
Asia Art Archive In America, 43 Remsen Street, Brooklyn
Free, but RSVP required


3) Jason Kao Hwang’s Amygdala and Sing House – Jason Kao Hwang‘s AMGYDALA explores language, timbre, and space through cross-cultural expressions that focus within and project outwards. The ensemble is named after the brain’s amgydala, which is a mass of nuclei that governs our emotional responses and memories faster and prior to intellectual interventions. The amygdala is where survival instincts reside. (Roulette)

Friday, February 6, 8 – 9 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
$20/General Admission; $15/Members, Students, Seniors; $10/Series Members; Free/All-Access Members Series Members


4) Shorts Go Beyond: Stories in New York – EnMaze Pictures presents a collection of seven short films from a diverse group of directors that reflect the diversity, charm, character, and characters of this city of 800 languages and 8.4 million lives.  See our post for trailers.


5) Chinese Dreams and Chinese Nightmares: 1989 to 2014  – How has the Chinese Communist Party stayed in power so long after similar organizations fell in Eastern and Central Europe?  Are the strategies that it has been using to deal with protest since 1989 still effective?  What makes Xi Jinping similar to and different from his immediate predecessors?  These are the sorts of questions the speaker will address, focusing in part on the different sorts of dreams that inspire hope and nightmares that cause anxiety among various groups within the People’s Republic of China, from officials in Beijing, to students in Hong Kong, from migrant workers in Dongguan to Uyghurs in Urumqi. (Harriman Institute)

Co-presented by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Harriman Institute .

Wednesday, February 4, 2:10 PM
International Affairs Building, Room 1219 (Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room), Columbia University
Free, no registration required


6) Yuhan Su Quintet – Taiwanese vibraphonist and her quintet play a set as part of an evening with Tomoko Omura “Roots” Quintet CD release party.

Thursday, February 5, 7 PM
Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn


7) MOCATALKS: Archivist of Chinese Americana – Over the years, critic (and packrat) Hua Hsu has been thinking about the relationship between material culture and immigrant identity. For this talk and slideshow, he will curate a selection of things that comprise the immigrant household—souvenirs, photographs, newspaper clippings, old vinyl LPs, figurines, old suitcases—and try to make sense of what his collecting efforts mean at the intersection of memory and identity. (MOCA)

February 5, 7 – 8:30 PM
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street
$12/adults; $10/Students & Seniors; Free for MOCA members

Ongoing Films and Shows

1) Running Man (奔跑吧兄弟) – China Lion’s latest film is a Chinese version of the Korean “urban action variety” TV series where contestants race and conduct missions along the way.  The film stars Angelababy (杨颖 / 楊穎), Wang Baoqiang (王宝强 / 王寶強) , Kai Zheng (地恺 / 鄭愷),  Li Chen (李晨), original Korean series cast member Kim Jong Kook

China Lion won’t let us embed the trailer, but you can view it here.

Check listings at AMC Empire 25 and College Point Multiplex Cinemas for showtimes.


2) Film Chinois – Written by Singapore-born playright Damon Chua and directed by Kaipo Schwab, Film Chinois is an atmospheric noir drama with equal measure of spy-versus-spy intrigue and dangerous romantic liaisons set in 1947 China, an uneasy time between WWII and the imminent Communist takeover two years later.  The play won the Ovation Award for Best World Premiere Play.

Randolph, a fresh-faced American operative, has been sent to the imperial city on a secret mission. He makes progress until he meets a Chinese woman who calls herself Chinadoll, his would-be adversary and lover. Is their relationship doomed from the start? How does the star-crossed couple navigate the thin line between personal passion and patriotic imperative? And how is their cat-and-mouse game linked to the amoral Belgian Ambassador and his current squeeze, Simone, a willful local songstress?

As Randolph plunges deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness that was once the most beautiful city in the world, he finds his life imperiled, even as he begins to unravel the mystery of a piece of old home-made film, and a beautiful woman who seemed to have vanished into thin air.  (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre)

The New York Times says the play is “Beautifully staged…In this Pan Asian Repertory production, an exercise in noir styling and political intrigue, identities can be fluid and motivations suspect”   The Huffington Post and Theater Pizzazz also have reviews.

Singapore Poetry had a chat with Damon Chua.  SinoVision has an interview too.


January 17 – February 8, 2015
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, 520 8th Ave.
Regular Tickets $51.25
Seniors (65+) $41.25 use code TRFCSr
Groups (10+) $37 use code TRFCGrp
Students (25 and under, w/ valid ID, 2 per ID) $25 use code TRFCStu


3) 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, 2015New 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, 2015Guggenheim Museum (Meet at the entrance to the exhibition in Tower 2)
    Free with admission


Closing soon:

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

Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral (Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 2/15) (review)

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s New York: Assembled Realities (Museum of the City of New York, 2/15)

Sui Jianguo – Blind Portraits (Doris C. Freedman Plaza (SE entrance to Central Park at 60th and 5th), 2/20)

Opening and newly added:

Probing East and West (Flushing Town Hall, 1/23 – 2/8)

Pi-Chou Cheng (鄭弼洲):  The Moon In My Heart (心中的月) (Hwang Gallery, 2/3 – 2/22)

Let us know if there’s something people need to see.

Visit the exhibition calendar ( 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.

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

Gu Zhongsheng: Gradually Fog Up (Ouchi Gallery, 2/3 – 2/8)

Probing East and West (Flushing Town Hall, 2/8)

Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral (Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 2/15) (review)

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s New York: Assembled Realities (Museum of the City of New York, 2/15)

Sui Jianguo – Blind Portraits (Doris C. Freedman Plaza (SE entrance to Central Park at 60th and 5th), 2/20)

Wong Kit Yi in Crystal Ball, Feng Shui & Tarot (Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, 1/22 – 2/21)

Pi-Chou Cheng (鄭弼洲):  The Moon In My Heart (心中的月) (Hwang Gallery, 2/3 – 2/22)

Wang Jianwei: Time Temple (Guggenheim Museum, 2/26)

Shi Jing & Wu Didi (Chambers Fine Art, 2/28)

Shi Jinsong ‘s Art Fair Free Download (Klein Sun Gallery, 2/28)

The Art of the Chinese Album (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3/29) (WSJ Review)

Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving (Museum of Chinese in America, 3/1)

Memory Prints: The Story World of Philip Chen (Museum of Chinese in America, 3/1)

Polit-Sheer-Form-Office: Polit Sheer Form!  (Queens Museum, 3/8)

Gu Zhongsheng: Gradually Fog Up (Schoolhouse Art Gallery, 2/12 – 3/28)

Anicka Yi: You Can Call Me F (The Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, 3/5 – 4/11)

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion (New York Historical Society, 4/19)

Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution (China Institute, 4/26) (review)

Image: At the Qianling Mausoleum (乾陵), Photo by Andrew Shiue