Events and Exhibitions: May 15 – May 21, 2015

Amusement Park near Ming Xiaoling

Tonight, May 14, from 5 – 8 PM, Avent Studio, Little E Studio, and Music Dish*China present as part of NYCxDESIGNNew Wave of Chinese Contemporary Art: Identity, Irreverence, and Forward-Looking.  A panel discussion with Kikkerland Kikkerland China Design Challenge winner Zhou Yi, former MTV VJ Stone (Schutze) Shi, and Avent Studio co-founder He Wei talks about China’s Sour Generation, the current crop of young Chinese artists today that are not bitter like the prior generation nor sweet but quite sour. The panel will be hosted and moderated by Eric de Fontenay, founder of MusicDish*China and advocate of “Yaogun Wenhua” (Chinese rock culture).

For the second part of the evening, Zhou Yi and Avent Studio lead the Lemon Finger Workshop, in which attendees create “personalized artwork to gain a vivid experience about how the new generation of artists and designers incorporate humor [into] their works.”

BookExpo America this year honors writers from China.  A number of events in the coming weeks feature nearly a dozen Chinese writers.  Everything up to May 21 is on the calendar.  We’ll add additional events to the calendar in the coming days.

Coming up:

The annual Passport to Taiwan Festival celebrates the people and culture of the island on May 24 in Union Square.

Avent Studio presents Drinkin’ Man, an interactive food art event explores the public and hidden personal and cultural  aspects of drinking.on May 28.

LEVEL UP 2015 features Taiwanese artists and designers involved with game design takes place on May 30 and 31.

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) A Poetry Reading and Conversation with Xi Chuan and Eliot Weinberger –  Internationally renowned Chinese poet Xi Chuan (西川) reads and talks with contemporary American writer, essayist and translator Eliot Weinberger about the poet’s first collection to appear in English, Notes on the Mosquito: Selected Poems.

The evening will be introduced by poet and New Directions editor Jeffrey Yang.

Friday, May 15, 7:00 PM
Barnes and Noble – Upper West Side, 2289 Broadway
Free

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2) The Art of the Short Story – Two modern masters of Chinese fiction explore the short story form from very different angles. Di An (笛安), emerging from the world of online genre fiction, writes strange tales tinged with surrealiy, and Qin Wenjun’s (秦文君) stories for children and adults reach for the purity of younger years. The event will be moderated by Jeremy Tiang.

Friday, May 15, 7:00 PM
The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th St.
Free

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3) 9-Man – Dir. Ursula Liang. 2014, 87 mins. Digital projection. 9-Man uncovers the fascinating history of streetball, a unique sport beloved by Chinese communities throughout North America. Largely undiscovered by the mainstream public, the game is urban, gritty, and chaotic, traditionally played in parking lots and back alleys. It experienced a surge of popularity in the 1930s when it was co-opted by immigrant Chinese workers brought together by the anti-Chinese sentiments during the war. Today, the sport is a lasting connection to Chinatown for a dynamic community that knows a more integrated world, but still fights to maintain autonomy and tradition.

Friday, May 15, 7:30 PM
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria
$12/Adults; $9/Seniors and Student

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4) Chui Wan at Baby’s All Right – Chui Wan is a four-piece experimental psychedelic rock band from Beijing, China. They get their name from Daoist philosopher Zhuangzi’s “Qi Wu Lun” (齐物论), a mystical work on the relationship between nature and human life. The spirit of Zhuangzi’s thought is reflected in the modern Chinese idiom: “谓风吹万窍,发出各种音响。” – “When the wind blows, every sound may be heard therein.”

Inspired by this concept of seeking the infinite from the mundane, the core of Chui Wan’s sound is formed by the improvisational compositions of multi-instrumentalist Yan Yulong and guitarist Liu Xinyu. Their lush arrangements of guitar, keyboard, viola, other assorted instruments and random sound samples often eschew reliable melodies and vocal harmonies in favor of occasional passages of minimal drone or maximal sonic layerings. Bassist Wu Qiong and drummer Josh Feola provide a stable ground floor from which the band can continually float away, like a sound half-heard and soon gone on a gust of wind.

Friday, May 15, 11:59 PM
Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn
$10/Admission

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5) Cui Xiuwen: Awakening of the Flesh  – Performance – Performance by Cui Xiuwen in conjunction with her exhibition Awakening of the Flesh.

In Awakening of the Flesh, Cui departs from her recognizable use of symbolic language. Her previously commonplace icons such as schoolgirls, dolls, and landscapes are stripped away from her visual vocabulary. Instead, through the use of color, repetition, form, and line, these abstract paintings powerfully convey a myriad of concepts that grapple with ideas of mysticism, meditation, and relation.

Saturday, May 16, 11 AM
Klein Sun Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street
Free

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6) One World, Different Strokes 《紐約臺灣創意插畫聯展》Opening Reception – Opening for a group show featuring illustrators from Taiwan. This two-week exhibition brings together fourteen of New York’s most experienced Taiwanese-American illustrators as well as currently enrolled or recently graduated Taiwanese students from America’s top art schools. Through different creative themes (fashion, travel, fantasy, character design, lifestyle, etc.), medium (watercolor, oil painting, digital, video) and markets (animation, advertising, graphic novels, picture books, stationery, promotions, decorative wall art), these illustrators demonstrate the diverse and lively, and everyday lives of the illustration field.

Saturday, May 16, 1 PM
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, 1 E. 42nd Street
Free, but RSVP required

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7) A Reading/Talk with Children’s Author Qin Wenjun – Qin Wenjun (秦文君) is one of the most iconic writers of contemporary children’s literature in China. While drawing on deep Chinese traditions, she has also laid new foundations for young readers, opening up new artistic space for the creation of children’s literature in contemporary China.

In 1996, she won a Special Award of the Premio Letterario Internazionale Mondello. In 2002, she was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) in Switzerland.

Saturday, May 16, 1 PM
Brooklyn Public Library – New Utrecht Branch, 1743 86th Street, Brooklyn
Free

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8) Poet in the Scholar’s Garden: A Reading with Xi Chuan – China Institute hosts a members-only event with internationally renowned Chinese poet Xi Chuan (西川) and contemporary American writer, essayist and translator Eliot Weinberger.

Saturday, May 16, 1 PM
The New York Chinese Scholar Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Free, China Institute members only

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9) Chien-Chi Chang: Double Happiness Opening Reception – Marriage brokers recruit young Vietnamese women to come to Ho Chi Minh City where they are viewed by groups of Taiwanese men. Each of them pays a fee to pick a suitable bride from the lineup. Within days of meeting, the couples will be married. By using the medium of photography and video as his artistic medium, in Double Happiness, Chien-Chi Chang offers a series of scenarios following the process of arranged marriage in south-east Asia: from selection and application to all the paperwork and the final ceremony. The images are accompanied by interviews with the brokers, the men and women that take place between the potential bride and grooms as they determine the suitability of their partners.

Saturday, May 16, 7 PM
inCube Arts, 314 West 52nd St., #1
Free

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10) A Roundtable Discussion: Di An, Qin Wenjun, Wang Gang – A discussion in Mandarin with writers Di An (笛安) and Qin Wenjun(秦文君).  Moderated by Dr. Yan Y.

Sunday, May 17, 2 PM
China Institute in America, 125 E. 65th Street
Free/Members; $5/Non-members

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11) Cabaret: An Evening of Songs – In every walk of life, we all have to deal many states of “love.” Regardless if it’s longing for love, fear of falling in love, or fallen out of love. When 6 people cross path in a Café, what different levels of love stories they will share?

Yung Shan Chuang, Chiao-Chun Hu, Matt Dela Cruz, Yuika Ohno, Justin Valero and Viola Wang present a collection of popular songs that reflects different states of love. Piano accompaniment by Sabina Chi, percussion by Sayun Chang.

Hosted by the Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America

Sunday, May 17, 7 PM
Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East 3rd Street
Free with suggested donation

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12) An Indispensable Literary Bridge: The Ballad of the Han – During the dawning years of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-221A.D.), an official bureau named Yuefu (House of Music or Ballad in English) was set up by the emperor’s edict to collect the finest folk songs from the countryside, a number of which were narratives that revealed lives and moods of the people. Human emotions are the central theme in these ballads: songs to inspire, move or to amuse the listeners and readers. There are accounts in these works that condemned sufferings caused by wars, as well as some that lamented the misery brought on to the peasantry by poverty. Though more mature and elaborate, the ballads are composed in the similar vein to the works in the Book of Songs. Indeed, the significance of the ballads of the Han lies in that they serve as an indispensable literary and poetic bridge between the Book of Songs, the Songs of the South, the first two collections of poetry, and all the later poetic genres in Chinese literature.

Taught by Ben Wang, Senior Lecturer of Language and Humanities of China Institute and an award-winning translator, the Ballad of the Han will be introduced and explored in the original texts of selected poems. Mr. Wang will offer this lecture in English. No previous knowledge of the Chinese language is required.

Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 PM
China Institute in America, 125 E. 65th Street
$30/non-Members; $25/Members

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13) The Stolen Years《被偷走的那五年》 – Hong Kong writer director Barbara Wong sets the story in Taipei, 2012. After being in a coma for a month, He Man (Bai Baihe) wakes up in hospital with amnesia. The last thing she can remember is having an accident on a motorbike with her husband Xie Yu (Joseph Chiang) while on their honeymoon – but that was five years ago, and He Man is told that she and Xie Yu are now divorced. He Man and Xie Yu have to find out whether they can re-ignite their original love.

Wednesday, May 20, 2 PM
Sunshine Cinema Landmark Theatre, 143 E. Houston Street
Ticket price unknown at press time

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14) A Conversation with Chien Chung Pei – Architect Chien Chung Pei talks about the experiences that Pei Partnership Architects has had constructing and designing buildings and interiors in Beijing as part of China Institute’s short course, Beijing, the City Through Its Architecture.

Wednesday, May 20, 6:30 PM
China Institute in America, 125 E. 65th St.
Members: $150 for full series
Non-Members: $175 for full series

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15) Cecile Chong: Time Collision Opening Reception – Working in painting, sculpture, and installation, Cecile Chong’s work addresses the process of cultural encounter and entanglement. Born in Ecuador to Chinese parents, her background and exposure to different cultural objects and ideas has driven her fascination with how these influences are visually acquired, represented, and interpreted.

Wednesday, May 20, 7 PM
Project Room at BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street
Free

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16) I Am a Genius 《我不是傻瓜》, aka My Running Shadow 《我的影子在奔跑》 – Director Fang Gangliang tells the beautiful story of Xiuzhi, a math wizard with Aspergers syndrome, who meets his father who comes back from America for the first time when he is seventeen years old. His father intends to take him to America for further studies. When Xiuzhi is about to leave his mother, he finally realizes what she means to him.

Wednesday, May 20, 7 PM
Sunshine Cinema Landmark Theatre, 143 E. Houston Street
Ticket price unknown at press time

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17) ChinaFile Presents: Does Xi Jinping Represent a Return to the Politics of the Mao Era? – On the occasion of the publication of Andrew G. Walder’s new book, China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed, the author is joined by China experts Roderick MacFarquhar, Susan Shirk, and Orville Schell for a discussion of the ways in which Mao’s thinking is still ‎embedded in China’s world view.

Thursday, May 21, 6:30 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
$5/Members, Students, Seniors; $10/Non-members

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18) Chen Chieh-jen – Realm of Reverberations: Tree Planters – How to give a voice and a presence to those who have been excluded from the realm of representation? Between installation and photographed cinema, Realm of Reverberation, the new project by Chen Chieh-Jen – whose fondness for archives of imprisonment is well-known – is set in the Losheng Sanatorium (樂生療養院), which was built in 1929 during the period of Japanese colonisation to house lepers from Taiwan. In the 1990s the Taiwanese government decided to renovate the site and move the inmates elsewhere. Since then the sanatorium – regarded for so long by the patients as an inhumane prison – has lain in ruins. Today it is a space where the collective memory woven from the recollections of former inmates who are still alive appears to have been obliterated. Beyond the erasure of these people and their displacement from their home, Chen Chieh-Jen investigates the eradication of the traces of the crumbling of their lives by those in power. Against ‘the violence of the facts which jostle around within them’, as Michel Foucault wrote in The Life of Infamous Men, Chen imagines a sentimental archive, an ‘anthology of lives,’ a setting of great delicateness for the singular lives of people who have been transformed into an erratic people of ghosts.  (a people is missing)

Realm of Reverberations comprises four sections, each presenting the perspective of individuals whose lives have been touched by the Losheng Sanatorium:a young woman who accompanies sanatorium residents (Keeping Company), old residents (Tree Planters), a hospice nurse from Mainland China (The Suspended Room), and a fictional political prisoner (Tracing Forward). These individuals discuss what seems to be the inevitable outcome for the Losheng Sanatorium. But is that really Losheng’s legacy?Perhaps following reconsideration, we can move forward with a new imagination.  (Linlin Gallery)

Introduced by Jane DeBevoise

The screening is part of “My Camera Doesn’t Lie?
Documentary Aesthetics in East Asia” hosted by Columbia University and Asia Art Archive.

Thursday May 21, 7 PM
Schermerhorn 612, Columbia University
Free


Ongoing Films and Shows

1) Left Ear / 《左耳》– Based on the well-known novel by Rao Xueman, The Left Ear tells a painful love story of four teenagers. The seventeen-year old Li’er is an introvert girl whose left ear suffers from poor hearing. One day, she suddenly expresses her love to Xu Ge who, however, becomes the boyfriend of an outgoing girl, Bala. Li makes friends with Bala and meets Zhang Yang whom Bala really loves by chance. Later, Bala dies in an accident and Li finally falls in love with Xu.

The Boston Herald says “The film succeeds in not only immersing us in the intricate fabric of its characters’ lives, but in making us care about every one of them, rooting every instance of growth or fall from grace in well-founded social or psychological motives. Little Ear‘s steadfast loyalty, which expresses itself in transformative ways as she matures, culminates in an especially moving reconciliation.”

Check listings at AMC Empire 25


Exhibitions

In addition to the shows below, a number of Chinese-related galleries and artists will participate in Frieze Art Fair New York, which runs from May 14 – 17 at Randall’s Island Park.  Here’s what

Chi-Wen Gallery – Stand D36

Leo Xu Projects – Stand B36

IRL City presents Hao Jingban and Xu Wang – IRL City, a roving biennial – presents new and developing ideas by multi-disciplinary artists while bridging the contemporary art world in the East and West.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 16th 6 – 8:30 PM

Exhibition: Sunday, May 17th 12 – 6PM

Let us know of any exhibitors you may see that present Chinese artists.

Just added and opening:

1) One World, Different Strokes 《紐約臺灣創意插畫聯展》 (Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, 5/16 – 5/28) – This two-week exhibition brings together fourteen of New York’s most experienced Taiwanese-American illustrators as well as currently enrolled or recently graduated Taiwanese students from America’s top art schools. Through different creative themes (fashion, travel, fantasy, character design, lifestyle, etc.), medium (watercolor, oil painting, digital, video) and markets (animation, advertising, graphic novels, picture books, stationery, promotions, decorative wall art), these illustrators demonstrate the diverse and lively, and everyday lives of the illustration field.

2) Chien-Chi Chang: Double Happiness (inCube Arts SPACE, 5/15 – 5/30) – Marriage brokers recruit young Vietnamese women to come to Ho Chi Minh City where they are viewed by groups of Taiwanese men. Each of them pays a fee to pick a suitable bride from the lineup. Within days of meeting, the couples will be married. By using the medium of photography and video as his artistic medium, in Double Happiness, Chien-Chi Chang offers a series of scenarios following the process of arranged marriage in south-east Asia: from selection and application to all the paperwork and the final ceremony. The images are accompanied by interviews with the brokers, the men and women that take place between the potential bride and grooms as they determine the suitability of their partners.

3) Guang Zhu: Aquarium of Equations #2 (HERE, 4/30 – 6/20) – Exploring the synesthetic experiences through abstract motions of mathematics, the installation consists of 9 woodblock prints originating from personally researched and designed mathematical parametric equations. This series of equations was processed through computational code to create unique mathematical visualizations. Those visualizations were then laser-cut onto wood block to make the mould. At the end, each mould is inked and pressed by hand onto handmade print-making paper.The installation also consists of 5 video displays expressing the mathematical motion of crafted parametric equations.

4) Cecile Chong: Time Collision (Project Room at BRIC House, 5/21 – 6/21) – A Brooklyn-based multimedia artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation, Cecile Chong’s work addresses the process of cultural encounter and entanglement. Born in Ecuador to Chinese parents, her background and exposure to different cultural objects and ideas has driven her fascination with how these influences are visually acquired, represented, and interpreted.

5) New Ways of Seeing: Beyond Culture (Dorsky Gallery, 5/10 – 7/12) – Chinese artists Wenda Gu and Cui Fei participates in the group show “New Ways of Seeing: Beyond Culture”, curated by Jan Garden Castro and Eileen Jeng. The show features works by emerging and seasoned artists of African/African American, Asian/Asian American, Latino/Hispanic, and Middle Eastern heritages who are changing and expanding the vocabulary and agendas of the art world by injecting ideas from their world cultures and experiences.

6) Su-Mei Tse: one thousand and one dreams behind us (Peter Blum Gallery, 4/24 – 6/27) – In the exhibition, Su-Mei Tse presents recent work created during her current art residency at the Villa Medici (French Academy) in Rome. She works in a variety of media and often fuses sculpture, sound, video, architecture, and photography with haiku-like simplicity

Closing soon:

The Revival: William Pang Solo Exhibition (Gallery 456, 4/23 – 5/15)

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

Chang Chien-Chi: Escape from North Korea and China Town (Chi-Wen Gallery at Frieze New York 2015, 5/14 – 5/17)

Arthur Ou (Brennan & Griffin, 4/12 – 5/17)

2015 Triennial: Surround Audience (New Museum, 2/25 – 5/24)

One World, Different Strokes 《紐約臺灣創意插畫聯展》 (Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, 5/16 – 5/28)

The School of Nature and Principle (EFA Project Space, 4/10 – 5/30)

Chien-Chi Chang: Double Happiness (inCube Arts SPACE, 5/15 – 5/30)

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.

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)

Myth and Mutations (REVERSE,  4/10 – 5/2)

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

The Hugo Boss Prize 2014: Paul Chan, Nonprojections for New Lovers (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 3/6 – 5/13)

The Revival: William Pang Solo Exhibition (Gallery 456, 4/23 – 5/15)

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

Chang Chien-Chi: Escape from North Korea and China Town (Chi-Wen Gallery at Frieze New York 2015, Focus, Booth D06, 5/14 – 5/17)

Arthur Ou (Brennan & Griffin, 4/12 – 5/17)

2015 Triennial: Surround Audience (New Museum, 2/25 – 5/24)

One World, Different Strokes 《紐約臺灣創意插畫聯展》 (Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, 5/16 – 5/28)

The School of Nature and Principle (EFA Project Space, 4/10 – 5/30)

Chien-Chi Chang: Double Happiness (inCube Arts SPACE, 5/15 – 5/30)

Guang Zhu: Aquarium of Equations #2 (HERE, 4/30 – 6/20)

Cecile Chong: Time Collision (Project Room at BRIC House, 5/21 – 6/21)

Ciu Xiuwen (崔岫闻): Awaking of the Flesh (崔岫聞:肉身的覺醒) (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/7 – 6/27)

Wu Yuren: On Parole (吳玉仁:假釋) (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/7 – 6/27)

Su-Mei Tse: one thousand and one dreams behind us (Peter Blum Gallery, 4/24 – 6/27)

Building Stories (ATP Gallery, 5/8 – 6/27)

Zhe Zhu and Zhangbolong Liu: Vanitas/Traces 朱喆与刘张铂泷:维尼塔斯/痕迹 (Fou Gallery at Carma, 4/24 – 6/28)

Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera (Grey Art Gallery, 4/21 – 7/11)

New Ways of Seeing: Beyond Culture (Dorsky Gallery, 5/10 – 7/12)

China: Through the Looking Glass (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5/7- 8/16)

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

Image: Amusement Park near Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum in Nanjing, Photo by Andrew Shiue