Events and Exhibitions: February 12 – 19, 2015

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This week’s Events and Exhibitions listing includes Thursday, February 12 because of additions to the calendar that weren’t included in last week’s post.

This week is packed with can’t miss programs like Huang Yi & KUKA, a performance of the Yellow River Cantata, Michael Meyer on Manchuria at Asia Society, a debate exhibition between students from China and the United States, and a fashion exhibition featuring young Taiwanese designers.  It’s fitting that the week leading up to Chinese New Year shows how active and rich Chinese culture is.

We’ll be on the lookout for Chinese New Year related events!

Don’t forget that Concrete Flux‘s open call for submissions on the topic of suzhi (素质 /素質) closes on February 28.

It’s the last weekend for Wang Jianwei’s Time Temple at the Guggenheim Museum.  Take a look at this short film made about the exhibition:

Looking ahead….

On February 24, Chinese poets sit down for a conversation with artist Xu Bing; and the next day on the 25th, there will be a poetry reading at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine where Xu Bing’s Phoenix exhibition comes to a close.  Be sure to RSVP as early as possible.  Seats are going fast.

On February 26 and 27, MoMA will screen artist Cao Fei’s (曹斐) commentaries on modern life, Second Life and Haze and Fog.

Also on February 26 is The Shanghai Restoration Project’s concert at Symphony Space in the Upper West Side.

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 beyondchinatown@gmail.com.

In case you missed the February 6 “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) 情人节”不插电”音乐会 Pre-Valentine’s Day Love Unplugged Show – Echo Music Festival hosts an evening of live music which includes a number of Chinese musicians.  Check the event page for the artist line-up.

Thursday, February 12, 6 – 10 PM
The Delancey, 168 Delancey St.
$10/General Admission

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2)  Spiral Ramp Library  – Approaching his practice as an evolving rehearsal, Wang Jianwei scripts this performance based on improvised conversations inspired by the physical space of the museum, the work of writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges, and notions of time and space. (Guggenheim)

Program is related program to Wang’s Time Temple exhibition

Thursday, February 12, 8 -9 PM
Friday, February 13, 8 – 9 PM
Guggenheim Museum
$15/General; $10/Member; $5/Student

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3) Lan Zhenghui (蓝正辉 / 藍正輝): Re-thINK – Opening Reception – Opening reception for newest reception at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts.

Inherent in the visual prowess of Lan Zhenghui’s ink painting are the layered inquires of his own artistic evolution. The paintings indicate an heir of rebelliousness and a return to tradition. His artistic endeavor signifies both his urge to unceasingly explore and a deepened reflection towards natural philosophy and human history. Combining the strength of systemic human movement with gestures of consciousness creates a body of work that is both visually and spiritually impactful.  (ECFA)

Friday, February 13, 6 – 8 PM
Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, 251 W. 19th Street
Free

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4) 2015 Taiwan Design Cutting Edge Fashion Show –  Tired of all the fashion shows at New York Fashion Week?  This first-of-its-kind event brings together 28 young and talented student designers, some from New York’s top fashion schools, to feature their works in various aspects of fashion, including fashion accessories, jewelry design, textile design, and fashion illustration.  The opening reception includes a runway fashion show on that showcases sixty-eight unique designs from spring/summer and fall collections by twelve student designers.

Visit our post and the Facebook event page for designer profiles and more information.

Exhibition: February 13 – 15
Opening Reception / Runway Fashion Show: February 13, 7 PM
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, 1 East 42nd Street
Free, RSVP requested for Opening Reception

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5) 十朝古都南京 – Renwen Society at China Institute 華美人文學會 hosts Dr. Luo Ling of CUNY for a lecture on the rise and fall of Nanjing during the ten dynasties and the underlying factors for Nanjing to be favored as a capital city for China.

Sunday, February 15, 2 – 4 PM
China Institute, 125 E. 65th Street
Free, but RSVP requested

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6) Film Chinois at Flushing Town Hall – A free performance of Singaporean playwright Damon Chua’s  award winning play, Film Chinois, an atmospheric noir mystery set in 1940s China.

Sunday, February 15, 4 PM
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
Free

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7) Annie Chen World Large Ensemble Live Recording Concert – A jazz singer with a powerful voice leads an octet for original compositions and a reworked version of a traditional Chinese song.  The two sets will be the last performance before Chen sets off for a three-month tour of China.

Sunday, February 15, 9:15 PM and 10:30 PM
Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn
$12/Cover

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8) War of Words with High Schoolers from China – Top high school debaters from China and US square off about the trade-off between development and environment.   A panel discussion and Q&A with the audience on how debate has transformed their lives.  Joining the students on the panel discussion, Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations; David Weeks, co-founder of the NHSDLC; and other members of the American and Chinese debate community will share their perspectives on the power of debate, education in China, and bridging differences globally.

Monday, February 16, 6:30 – 8 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
Free, but registration required

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9) Two Cultures – One Dream – Exodus and Yellow River Cantata (黄河大合唱) – To celebrate Black History Month and Chinese New Year, DCINY presents Two Cultures – One Dream. This performance features the world premiere of Earnestine Rodgers Robinson’s oratorio, Exodus. The work utilizes biblical themes drawn from the African American gospel and choral tradition. Ringing in the Chinese New Year is Yellow River Cantata by composer Xian Xinghai (冼星海), with Guest Conductor Jie Yi (易杰) and an international cast of musicians.

Monday, February 16, 7 PM
Carnegie Hall
$20 – $100; Student and senior discounts available

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10) Identity Issues in Taiwan: Past and Present – Stevan Harrell, Professor of Anthropology at University of Washington discusses identity issues in Taiwan as part of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute’s Modern Taiwan Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 17, 4:10 – 6 PM
Schermerhorn Hall, Room 963, Columbia University
Free

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11) In Manchuria: Michael Meyer and Ian Frazier – Michael Meyer talks about his new book, In Manchuria: A Village called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China, with New Yorker writer Ian Frazier. Meyer’s account of the time he spent living and teaching school in the rice-farming community of Wasteland, in China’s rural Northeast, weaves together history, politics, and personal lives in a vivid drama of loss and change. (NYPL)

Tuesday, February 17, 7 – 8 PM
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd St. and 5th Ave.
Free, but RSVP required

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12) Fathers and Sons – 2014. China/France. Directed by Wang Bing. The latest durational feat from the director of West of the Tracks, composed almost entirely of a handful of fixed long shots in the dirt-floored hut of a Chinese migrant worker and his sons, is an exploration of place, youth, attention, and distraction. As day turns to dusk, natural light recedes and shadows lengthen in the room; shifts barely registering with its inhabitants. A television’s din and the glow of a cell phone enrapture the eyes and fingers of two boys. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 87 min. (MOMA)

U.S. premiere. Post-screening conversation with Wang Bing

Review by Michael Guarneri

Tuesday, February 17, 8 PM
Wednesday, February 18, 4 PM
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd Street
$12/Adult; $10/Senior; $8/Student; Free/Members

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13) Four Decades of Normalizing Relations with China – What was the state of Sino-American relations and related domestic politics in the United States and China on the eve of normalization in 1979? What have universities done in the decades since to deepen our understanding? Join two pioneers of the China field, Jerome A. Cohen and Ezra F. Vogel, for a fascinating evening of reflections on what Americans were thinking in the late 1960’s about opening the door to China; learn about their impressions of China when they first visited more than 40 years ago. What did Americans know about China then, and what was the academic study of China like? How have things changed since?  NCUSCR)

Wednesday, February 18, 5:30 PM
Covington & Burling LLP, The New York Times Building 620 Eighth Avenue
Free, but RSVP required

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14) ChinaFile Presents: ‘In Manchuria’ with Michael Meyer and Ian Buruma – Join writers Michael Meyer and Ian Buruma for a discussion of Meyer’s new book, In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China. Meyer spent three years in a rice-farming community, hometown to his wife’s family. The book is a combination of memoir, contemporary reportage, and historical research and presents a unique profile of China’s legendary northeast territory. (ChinaFile)

See our post about the event

Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 – 8 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
$10/non-members; $5/Asia Society members, students & seniors


Ongoing Films and Shows

1) Huang Yi & KUKA – As part of a residency at 3-Legged Dog’s Artist Residency program and their 3LD/3D+ program, Acclaimed Taiwanese dancer,choreographer, inventor and videographer Huang Yi (黃翊)  conceptualized and programmed a robot to be a dance partner.  Their interactions weave human mechanics and a mechanical mimic into an art and represent the increasingly prevalent and intimate relationship between man and machine.

February 11 – 17
8PM, February 11 – 17
3PM, February 14 to 15
3LD Art & Technology Center, 80 Greenwich Street
$30/admission; $25/Beyond Chinatown readers with promotional code CTDEALHY

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2) A Course on the Uniqueness of Chinese  –  A three-part course that “explore[s] the musicality of the language and the artistic and ingenious features of the written characters as living images of the Chinese culture. An in-depth understanding of Chinese written characters, their sounds, and the tonal system enables one to grasp the structure of the Chinese language and, through all this learning, come to understand the culture and people of China.” (China Institute)

The lecturer is Ben Wang, Senior Lecturer in Language and Humanities at China Institute, Co-Chair of the Renwen Society of China Institute, and Instructor of Chinese at the United Nations Language Program.

Part 1 – February 17
Part 2 – February 24
Part 3 – March 3

All sessions begin at 6:30 PM
$135/Members; $150/Non-members

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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

4) Somewhere Only We Know (有一个地方只有我们知道 / 有一個地方只有我們知道) – When a young Chinese girl comes to study in Prague, she finds her grandmother lived there in the past; she decides to trace her grandmother’s path, discovering a new sense of self in the process as well as love in a beautiful man (EXO’s Kris Wu). It’s not a Chinese love story; it’s a love story. (AMC Theatres)

Opens at AMC Empire 25 on February 13


Exhibitions

Closing soon:

Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral (Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 2/28) (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, 2/21)

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

Opening and newly added:

Lan Zhenghui (蓝正辉 / 藍正輝): Re-thINK (Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, 2/13 – 3/28)

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.

Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral (Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 2/28) (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, 2/21)

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

Lan Zhenghui (蓝正辉 / 藍正輝): Re-thINK (Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, 2/13 – 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: Andrew Shiue