Events and Exhibitions: March 13 – March 19, 2015

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We’re in Taiwan now and won’t be able to attend the events and exhibitions this week, but we hope some of them pique your interest!

Looking ahead….

MoMA’s New Directors/New Film series includes K, a retelling of Kafka’s The Castle in Inner Mongolia directed by Mongolian director Darhad Erdenibulag and Emyr ap Richard and produced by Jia Zhangke; and a shorts program that includes Blue and Red, an experimental look at Bangkok and Guangzhou by director Zhou Tao.

Cathy Erway, author of the new cookbook The Food of Taiwan, will lead a panel discussion that includes some of the biggest name in Asian cuisine on March 24.  There will be a book release party on the March 25, and a pop-up dinner featuring Taiwanese pub food on March 29.  Stay tuned for our post on the book and events.

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.


Upcoming Events

1) Contemporary Ink: Asia Week, New York 2015 at M. Sutherland Fine Arts Opening Reception – We love this gallery’s eye for contemporary interpretations of traditional styles and techniques:

From the description: “While gathering together works for the Asia Week, we wanted to define the meaning of “Contemporary Ink” in a way that would appeal not only to lovers of classical painting but also to fans of international contemporary art. We have pulled together several examples from eight different artists, all of whom use traditional paper and brush, ink and water-based colors. Contemporary ink encompasses a vast range of styles from the tea-stain Zen “enso” images of Liang Quan, to the opaque tempura lotuses of Shi Ze. What is so fascinating about ink painting today is the mélange of international and historical influences that are manifested in so many different ways at the same time. No longer are artists confined to a single style and subject matter nor are they expected to only study past Chinese masters for inspiration. All of the artists in the gallery, however, have mastered handling of the brush and control of ink and color on paper as a common denominator.

On view is an incredible selection of ink works on paper by: Hsu Kuohuang, Huang Iming, Hsia Ifu, Jia Youfu, Zhu Daoping, Fung Ming Chip, Shi Ze and Liang Quan.”

Friday, March 13, 6 -8 PM
M. Sutherland Fine Arts 55 East 80th Street, Second Floor
Free

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2) Outbound: Address Unknown – “Outbound: Address Unknown” presents five international artists who treat questions of belonging, memory and identity through the lens of the outbound. While some of them have left their countries for political reasons, others found the possibility of constructing artistic identity only outside the borders and limitations of the familiar. Their personal journeys collectively reflect broader concerns around modern-day migration, specifically those movements that no longer result merely from socio-economic reasons, but from an understanding of what it means to (re-)create identity and personal context.

As the artists confront the New City, they encounter the puzzle piece they didn’t know they were looking for, a past they didn’t know they had. It is precisely the cusp of the known and the unfamiliar that these artworks occupy, creating a breaking point for the artists’ practice that carries over the convictions of the past and morphs them into a new story- a story marked by profound transformation which forms part of a web of collective passages and transitions and yet retains the character of a solitary and unrepeatable journey.

Friday, March 13 6 – 8 PM
Made in Lower East Side, 103 Allen St.
Free

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3) Poor Folk (穷人。榴梿。麻药。偷渡客 / 窮人。榴槤。麻藥。偷渡客) – 

Midi Z. 2012. Taiwan/Myanmar. 105 min. DCP. English subtitled.
Cast: Wu Ke-Xi, Wang Shin-Hong

A-hong and San-mei, both from Myanmar, live a parallel existence crisscrossing the metropolis of Bangkok and the remote border town Dagudi. To earn enough money to free his younger sister who has been sold to human traffickers, A-hong tries his hand at the drug trade. To earn the ID required to settle in Taiwan, San-mei works for a gang boss who promises to open doors. Inspired by a true story the filmmaker heard while traveling through the Myanmar/Thai border several years ago, Poor Folk vividly portrays a harrowing world filled with displaced migrants, human traffickers, drug dealers, and prostitutes all struggling to survive. (Asia Society)

Variety calls the film “engaging on a raw human level”.

Part of Homecoming Myanmar: A Midi Z Retrospective

Friday, March 13, 6:30 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
$8/members; $10/students, seniors; $12/non-members

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4) CURATICSM: The Gam #2 New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation is delighted to introduce CURATICISM |The Gam #2, a Spoken Words Exhibition curated by Alessandro Facente with NARS Artists-in-Residence Karolina Kaźmierska (Poland, France), Denise Treizman (Chile), Tuo Wang (China), Tomasz Kobialka (Australia) and curator Jodi Waynberg (New York) about the concept of displacement as absorbing.  Wang’s manipulation of pre-defined patterns and initiate possibilities of narrative structure merged with lived experience, social behavior and anxiety of today.

The GAM #2 will focus on the artist’s practice in relation to its mechanism of absorbing the surrounding reality once the artist lands in a new scenario, whatever it is, as a reaction to the absolute lack of any familiar visual and conceptual reference.  (NARS Foundtion)

Saturday, March 14, 2 PM
NARS Foundation, 201 46th Street, 4th Floor, Brooklyn
Free

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5) An Art Salon on “Chineseness”:  Screening and Conversation – As one of the most internationally recognized Asian painter who brought Western art philosophy into Asia, Yang Chihong’s artistic and scholastic adventure has been documented in Discovery Channel’s Chineseness. With Dr.Agnes Hsu as host, the show will look at how Yang’s Chinese background and his philosophy of life has influenced his work and raised trends in the international society. (CAA)

Trailer from Beach House Pictures produced for Discovery Asia.

Saturday, March 13, 1:15 PM
The New School, 66 W. 12th Street
Free

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6) The Life Works of Tehching Hsieh – Tehching Hsieh (謝德慶 / 谢德庆) is a noted New York City base performance artist. Hsieh accomplished five One Year Performance from 1978 to 1986 and worked on Thirteen-Year Plan from 1986 to 1999. In his Cage Piece, the artist locked himself in a cage for one year. He was tied to Linda Montano for a year during the Rope Piece. Punched a time clock every hour for a year, his Time Clock Piece has been exhibited in the Guggenheim Museum. Some of his works has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in 2009.  (CAA)

Saturday, March 13, 3:15 PM
The New School, 66 W. 12th Street
Free

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7) Literati Painting: A Genre Unique to Chinese Culture – Poetry, held in the highest esteem in Chinese culture, is the most significant of the three components (poetry, calligraphy and painting) that make up the genre of the Literati Painting of China, which was created during the Song dynasty (960-1280). Fusing pictographic glory, musical splendor and literary profundity, classical Chinese poetry takes Literati Painting to an enchanted garden of art and literature, a garden that has been treasured for centuries by the Chinese and the world.

This lecture focuses on the study of selected works by two towering masters of Literati Painting of the 20th century. An in-depth study of the nuances and underlying imageries and the exquisite musicality of their poems, as well as the refinement and beauty of their calligraphy and paintings, will enable participants to better understand Chinese culture and to heighten the pleasure of viewing Chinese artwork. (China Institute)

Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 PM
China Institute, 125 E. 65th Street
$25/members; $30 for non-members
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8) Wu Tong: Song of the Sheng ( (吴彤: 笙音 / 吳彤: 笙音– Take the sheng — a Chinese mouth-blown free reed instrument consisting of vertical pipes — an instrument with the tone color and harmonic possibilities of a pipe organ and the immediacy of a saxophone. Then put it the hands of a world-savvy player who knows no musical bounds. Wu Tong, charter member of the Silk Road Ensemble and founding front man for the Beijing-based rock band Lunhui (轮回 / 輪迴), offers a broad sampling of his music sensibilities, from traditional tunes to new compositions and free improvisation.  Also performing will be guitarist Simon C.F. Yu (余俊锋), cellist Neena Deb-sen, and percussionist Shane Shanahan.

The program will features the world premiere of Distant Mountain, inspired by the paintings of Chinese modern master Wu Guanzhong (吴冠中 / 吳冠中)), in an arrangement for sheng, cello and vibraphone by the composer Eli Marshall. It will also include the U.S. premiere of Harmonium Mountain II, a collaboration with video artist Clifford Ross.

The performance will be preceded at 7:00 pm by a free pre-performance lecture moderated by Joanna Lee and Ken Smith.

Thursday, March 19, 8 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
$22/members; $26/students, seniors; $30/nonmembers 


Ongoing Films and Shows

1) The World of Extreme Happiness – Unwanted from the moment she’s born, Sunny is determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city. As naïve as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a stepping stone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny’s bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system enriching itself by destroying its own people.  By Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, and directed by Eric Ting.

February 3 – March 29
New York City Center Stage I, 131 West 55th Street
$85/Admission


Exhibitions

Many galleries, auction houses, and institutions will participate in Asia Art Week New York (March 13 – 21), and The Asia Art Fair (March 13 – 17).  Check the sites for the list of participants.

Closing soon:

Jessica Pi-Hua Hsu (徐畢華 / 徐毕华): In Search of Arcadia (Hwang Gallery, 3/3 – 3/22)

Dynamic Writing: A Century of Calligraphy (Flushing Town Hall, 2/22 – 3/22)

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.

Jessica Pi-Hua Hsu (徐畢華 / 徐毕华): In Search of Arcadia (Hwang Gallery, 3/3 – 3/22)

Dynamic Writing: A Century of Calligraphy (Flushing Town Hall, 2/22 – 3/22)

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)

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

The Chinese Photobook (Aperture Gallery, 2/11 – 4/2)

Transformation & Variation / Face . Book (456 Gallery, 3/5 – 4/3)

Mao Yan at Pace Gallery (3/6 – 4/4)

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)

Shen Shaomin (沉少民 / 沈少民) : Handle with Care (小心轻放 / 小心輕放) (Klein Sun Gallery, 3/7 – 5/2)

Yan Shanchun (严善錞): West Lake (西湖) (Chambers Fine Art, 2/26 – 5/9)

The View of Formosa’s Landscape from Photographers (Taipei Cultural Center of TECO, 3/13 – 5/15)

Fertility, Blessings, and  Protection – Taiwanese and Asian Cultures of Baby Carrier (Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University, 3/11 – 7/11)

Photo: 晉德宮 in Wanhua District, Taipei by Andrew Shiue