Events and Exhibitions: April 3 – April 9, 2015

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It’s a quiet week on account that its Easter and Passover, but there’s still plenty to see.  We’re really glad that we learned about Colette Fu’s We Are the Tiger Dragon People at The Center for Book Arts before it closes this weekend.

Coming up:

The Museum of the Moving Image presents a 14-film retrospective of the films of Tsai Ming-liang (蔡明亮) begins April 10

Asia Society celebrates Earth Day with a film by Chinese wildlife photographer Xi Zhinong on April 22.

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.

Update 4/3: 

1) Religion in Taiwan Society  – Richard Madsen, professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego talks about religion in Taiwan Society.   Part of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute’s Modern Taiwan Lecture Series.

Tuesday, April 7, 4:10 PM
Schermerhorn Hall, Room 963, Columbia University
Free

2) ~Snake Dance~ – Artist talk with artists Hao Ni and Tzuan Wu

Sunday, April 5, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
456 Broadway, 3rd Floor
Free


Upcoming Events

1) Huan Huan /《欢欢》– 2012. China. Directed by Song Chuan (松川). With Liu Xiang, Tian Yuefang. Everyone has something on everyone else in Song Chuan’s touching debut film. Stuck in a rural village, Huan Huan hopes her affair with a married doctor in town will lead to a better life in the city. Her brother has been away for years—and with no male labor at home, her parents don’t want her to leave—so she marries a compulsive gambler. When the doctor’s wife, a big deal in the local government, catches them in the act, she makes life difficult for Huan Huan’s family. And when Huan Huan’s husband discovers the affair, things get even stickier. More than a soap opera, this beautifully shot film captures the dreams and desires, disappointments and regrets, of a life not fully lived.  (MoMA)

In Mandarin; English subtitles. 83 min.

Part of MoMA’s Recent Film Acquisitions series.

Friday, April 3, 4:30 PM
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), MoMA, W. 53rd St.
$12/Adult; $10/Seniors; $8/Students

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2) Dorothy Tse: Snow and Shadow – Reading and discussion with acclaimed Hong Kong writer Dorothy Tse to celebrate the U.S. release of her short story collection Snow and Shadow.

“The bizarre tales of sexual exploitation, family dynamics and intimate relationships present a charming and vividly magical world. A dreamlike quality pervades these pages, as we accept such strange and disturbing imagery in each story, then slip into another alternate reality that is just as odd.” – The South China Morning Post

Dorothy Tse is one of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed young writers. Her short story collection So Black won the Hong Kong Biennial Award for Chinese Literature in 2005 and A Dictionary of Two Cities, which she co-authored with Hon Lai-chu, won the 2013 Hong Kong Book Prize. Her literary prizes also include Taiwan’s Unitas New Fiction Writers’ Award and the Hong Kong Award for Creative Writing in Chinese. A co-founder of Hong Kong’s preeminent literary magazine, Fleurs des Lettres, she currently teaches creative writing at Hong Kong Baptist University. (China Institute)

Friday, April 3, 6:30 PM
China Institute in America, 125 East 65th St.
$10/Members; $15/Non-members for members .  Use the code MEMONLY for free tickets

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3) Let’s Fall in Love/《尋情歷險記》 / 《寻情历险记》 – Director Wuna Wu (吳汰紝 / 吴汰纴) interviews more than 20 couples and hears their stories after marriage, including peace and war, betrayal and forgiving.

Saturday, April 4, 2 PM
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue
Free

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4) Basic Knowledge of the Music of Peking Opera –  Bin Ma, the Director of the Youth Troupe of the New York Chinese Opera Society hosts a two-part lecture about the music in Peking Opera.  Firstly, it will teach us how to enjoy the opera including distinguishing between Xipi, Erhuang and Reversal. In addition, it will also teach us how to understand the rhythms and the speed of the opera. Secondly, the lecture will educate the audience on the score of Peking Opera Percussion and Fill-in.

Sunday, April 5, 2 PM
New York Chinese Opera Society, 120 Broadway, Suite 3650
Free

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5) The Posthumous Life of Chairman Mao – The deification of powerful people has a long history in China. The cult surrounding Mao Zedong (1893-1976) grew during his lifetime and led to his deification after his death. This lecture explores the ways that the cult of Mao echoes traditions deeply rooted in Chinese culture. (China Institute)

Presented by George Mason University Professor Carma Hinton.

Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 PM
China Institute in America, 125 East 65th St.
$10/Members; $15/Non-members; Free/Friends of the Gallery


Ongoing Films and Shows

1) The Most Beautiful: The War Films of Shirley Yamaguchi & Setsuko Hara – The 2015 Globus Film Series, part of the Society-wide series Stories from the War, focuses on the work of two stars of Japanese cinema: Shirley Yamaguchi (aka Pan Shuhua, Ri Koran, Li Hsianglan (李香蘭 / 李香兰), Yoshiko Yamaguchi, and Yoshiko Otake) and Setsuko Hara(aka Masae Aida), two of the most beautiful and powerful actors in the history of Japanese cinema. Both actresses were born in 1920 and achieved stardom in the so-called “national policy” propaganda films of the China and Pacific wars. The similarities, however, end there. Through a selection of films made before, during and after WWII, this series illustrates how their respective roles on the silver screen transformed along with Japan itself—from young maidens serving an empire allied with Nazi Germany to mature women walking different paths in a defeated nation promoting democracy under American hegemony. This series is guest curated by Dr. Markus Nornes, Professor of Asian Cinema at the University of Michigan. (Japan Society)

March 21 – April 4.  See series page for film descriptions and screening times.

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2) Let’s Get Married / 《咱们结婚吧》 / 《咱們結婚吧》– Wenwen, the owner of a bridal boutique, longs to find Mr. Right and walk down the aisle in one of her beautiful wedding gowns. Yi Wen, a violinist, wavers over her engagement after meeting a mysterious man in a foreign country. Lei Xiao, an airport employee, tries to force her pilot boyfriend to marry her. And Hai Xin, a successful business woman, finds herself in a broken marriage and unexpectedly pregnant. Based on the hugely popular Chinese TV series of the same name, Let’s Get Married follows the lives of four couples looking for love and to find that special someone to say “I do.”

Opens April 3.  Check listings at AMC Empire 25


Exhibitions

Just added and Opening:

Colette Fu: We Are the Tiger Dragon People (The Center for Book Arts, 1/23 – 4/4) – For the past seven years, Colette Fu has been making one-of-a-kind artist books that combine photography with paper engineering. Pop-up and flap books originally illustrated sociological ideas and scientific principles; Fu constructs her own books on how our selves relate to society today. Limitations, experience and experimentation with the media lend a strong problem-solving component to Fu’s process.

Video from the Jaffe Center:

In 2008, Fu was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to create a photographic pop-up book of the 25 ethnic minorities residing in Yunnan Province, China, from where the artist’s family descends. 25 of the 55 minority tribes of China reside in the Yunnan and comprise less than 9% of the nation’s population, with the Han representing the majority. Fu uses her artistic skills to spread knowledge and provide a brief portrait of their existence. (The Center for Book Arts)

Closing soon:

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)

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.

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)

Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong (Museum of Chinese in America, 3/26 – 9/13)

Image: Cai Zhisong (蔡志松) – Ode to the Motherland No. 3.  Seen at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Image by Andrew Shiue