Events and Exhibitions: June 12 – June 18, 2015

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This week features a couple of events from local artists, Beijing opera, Beijing rock, a look at Chinese development in Africa, and a new music festival featuring composers and performers from Taiwan and China.

Coming up:

The New York Asian Film Festival will run from June 26 – July 8 at Film Society of Lincoln Center and July 9 – 11 at SVA Theatre.  We’re working on a post that will guide you through 52-film festival!

Dance duo inTW presents four works at the Martha Graham Studio Theater June 27 and 28.

Yangtze Repertory Theatre presents a new production of “Behind the Mask, a Play” that will run from June 25 – July 12.

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.

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Upcoming Events

1) Dear Deer Solo Show Opening Reception and Artist Talk – Meet the artist Yu-Ting Feng at the opening reception for Dear Deer, an on-going interactive project which invites the viewer to help a deer to compose a poem, has been invited to shown in multiple international art festivals, including the MTA Arts for Transit – Poetry in Motion Springfest, a two-day festival of poetry at Grand Central Terminal, New York and 2014 Dumbo Art Festival at Brooklyn. As an artist and designer, Yu-Ting’ work was featured in The New York Times, Performance Journal, Adweek, Taipei Times, and recently on a giant LED billboard in Times Square.

Data visualization artist Youjin Shin will present a talk related to the project on Saturday, June 13.

The exhibition runs through Sunday, June 14.

Read more about the project in our article from last year.

Opening reception: Friday, June 12, 7 PM
Artist talk: Saturday, June 13, 3 PM
Made in LES, 103 Allen St.
Free

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2) Building Stories Artist Talk with Naomi Kuo and Fina Yeung – Naomi Kuo and Fina Yueng will talk about their works, currently on view in the joint exhibition Building Stories at ATP Gallery, that explore personal and historical narratives, both lived and latent in the architecture of neighborhoods in Hong Kong and New York City.

Have a read of our interview with Naomi and Fina.

Friday, June 12, 8:00 PM
ATP Gallery, 269 Bleeker St.
Free

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3) Cutting Fragrance Opening Reception – Dancers Chien-Lun Lee, Anne Bragg, Xiaoqing Chang collaborate for this opening reception for Yen Wen-Shuo’s Cutting Fragrance, a series that examines the transformations of the artist’s body and the concomitant changes in her own life experiences. In Mandarin, the pronunciation of “cutting fragrance” is similar to “seppuku,” the Japanese suicide ritual of abdomen-cutting. It is a phonetic association that was deliberately made by the artist, as the image of the cutting of the abdomen recalls the artist’s own experiences embracing motherhood and nurturing the life of another human being in her abdomen.

Saturday, June 13, 2 PM
Hwang Gallery, 39-10 Main Street, #303
Free

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4) Set for the Show: A Renwen Lecture on Zhang Huoding, Reigning Queen of Beijing Opera– The Renwen Society presents a lecture on the artistry of Zhang Huoding (张火丁)  and the two selected operas she will be performing this fall at Lincoln Center. The lecture will be given by the eminent Beijing Opera and Kunqu scholar and specialist, Ben Wang.

Saturday, June 13, 2 PM
China Institute, 2 – 4 PM
Free/Members and sponsors

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5) mise-en-scene Festival New Music Marathon at Taipei Cultural Center – New music festival organized by mise-en-scene, an innovative and versatile New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young HA, comes to the Taipei Cultural Center with four 90-minute sessions featuring the works by 20 composers, including world premieres from Chih-Liang Lin, Shiuan Chang, and Weijun Chen.  Percussionist Sayun Chang performs Matthias Krüger’s wisp.

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Saturday, June 13, 4 PM (Lin and Shiuan Chang); 7PM (Chen); 8:30 PM (Sayun Chang)
Taipei Cultural Center, 1 E. 42nd Street
Free ($15 suggested donation)

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6) Dance to China: 41st Annual Student Recital – New York Chinese Cultural Center’s 41st annual student recital featuring performances in Chinese dance, martial arts, and Beijing opera acrobatics and weaponry.

Sunday, June 14, 2 PM
Spruce Street School, P.S. 397, 12 Spruce Street
$15/General admission

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7) Birdstriking – Beijing rockers come to Brooklyn for their first North American tour.  Read our earlier posts about the band’s tour and new music video.

Monday, June 15, 8 PM
Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn
$10/General admission

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8) Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa – Exhibition Opening – Opening reception for Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa, an exhibition by journalist Michiel Hulshof (Tertium, Amsterdam) and architect Daan Roggeveen (MORE Architecture, Shanghai) that investigates the impact of Chinese development on fast-growing African cities, and is built around personal stories of individuals involved in the urbanization process.

See below for further information about the exhibition.

There will be a discussion with curators Daan Roggeveen and Michiel Hulshof along with Shanghai-based architect and researcher Zhengli Huang, on the impact of China in urban Africa.

Tuesday, June 16, 7 PM
Storefront for Art and Architecture, 97 Kenmare St.
Free

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9) School of Visual Arts 2015 Photo/Video Thesis Exhibition Reception – A reception for the exhibition of works by recent graduates, including works by Hua Bai, Liyue Zhu, and Zhangbolong Liu, who is currently one of photographers in Fou Gallery’s current show Vanitas/Traces.   The exhibition runs from June 13 -27.

Thursday, June 18, 6 PM
SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 W. 26th St., 15th Floor
Free


Ongoing Films and Shows

We’ll let you know as soon as we know.


Exhibitions

Just added and opening:

1) De/Constructing China: Selections from the Asia Society Museum Collection (Asia Society, 6/9 – 7/19) – Now that China has surpassed the United States as the largest trading nation in the world, it is timely to reflect on how China’s strides to attain this coveted position have affected the social and physical landscape of the country, and how this new status will impact its society in the future. The selection of video and photography works by the eight artists included in this exhibition illuminate the great changes that have occurred as a result of China’s race to establish itself on the world stage, and the increasingly stark contrast between the development in urban centers and the stagnation of the rural countryside.

Featuring works from the Asia Society Museum Collection by Cao Fei, Chen Shaoxiong, Hai Bo, Lin Yilin, Song Dong, Sze Tsung Leong, Wang Qingsong, and Zhang Dali.

2) Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa (Storefront for Architecture, 6/17 – 8/1) – China’s influence in Africa is growing quickly on many levels. All across the continent, Chinese companies are creating new highways, light rail systems, Special Economic Zones, and mass housing developments. Cities have received brand new skylines “made in China”: designed by Chinese architecture firms, financed by Chinese banks, and built by Chinese contractors. From foundational elements such as concrete, window frames, and fire extinguishers, to decorative ones such as carpets and curtains, many of the basic items used to construct these skylines have been sourced directly from China.

Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa is an exhibition by journalist Michiel Hulshof (Tertium, Amsterdam) and architect Daan Roggeveen (MORE Architecture, Shanghai). Facing East investigates the impact of Chinese development on fast-growing African cities, and is built around personal stories of individuals involved in the urbanization process.

Hulshof and Roggeveen have traveled to six African cities, from Accra to Addis Ababa to Kigali, in order to research the Chinese impact that exists on the ground. They interviewed over a hundred Chinese and African architects, politicians, entrepreneurs, journalists, students, developers, artists, and individuals who are involved in or touched by Africa’s rapid process of urbanization.

China’s influence in Africa often goes even further than what we perceive through the lens of the built environment. China’s state-owned CCTV Africa is broadcasting throughout the continent, and many African capitals have Confucius Institutes, in which an increasing number of African students are learning Mandarin Chinese.

Facing East allows visitors to experience the fascinating consequences of shifts in geopolitical power from the perspectives of those living it. The visitor finds himself in the same unstable position as Hulshof and Roggeveen during their research trips, and is forced to make associations between narratives, navigate existing and new relationships, and attempt to tie these together to comprehend the next chapter of globalization: one in which many African cities are beginning to face eastward.

Closing soon:

Open Door Discourse (NARS Foundation, 5/21 – 6/18)

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

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

Sung-Chih Chen: Time After Time (Gallery 456, 6/4 – 6/26)

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)


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.

Open Door Discourse (NARS Foundation, 5/21 – 6/18)

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

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

Sung-Chih Chen: Time After Time (Gallery 456, 6/4 – 6/26)

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)

Sophie Wen-shuo Yen (嚴玟鑠): Cutting the Fragrance (Hwang Gallery, 6/9 – 6/28)

Happy Together (Tina Kim Gallery, 5/15 – 7/3)

Huang Rui: Language Color (Zürcher Gallery, 5/26 – 7/4)

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)

De/Constructing China: Selections from the Asia Society Museum Collection (Asia Society, 6/9 – 7/19)

Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa (Storefront for Architecture, 6/17 – 8/1)

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

The Great Ephemeral (New Museum, 5/27 – 9/6)

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

Lead image photo by Andrew Shiue