Events and Exhibitions: August 21 – 27, 2015


Happy Qixi Festival to all!

We just found out about Chinatown a show featuring Chinese and Chinese American artists about the beloved neighborhood.

Zhu Rikun’s The Dossier 《档案》is the “mid-season finale” of Cinema on the Edge’s series in New York before it comes back in September with films at Columbia’s Weatherhead Institute, Museum of Chinese in America, and UnionDocs, but series curator filmmaker and anthropologist J.P. Sniadecki’s The Iron Ministry 《铁道》 gets a week-long run at MoMA

Coming up:

Oscar winner Ruby Yang’s My Voice, My Life 《爭氣》, which opened this year’s Asian American International Film Festival, gets a theatrical release at Cinema Village, opening August 28.

A (New) Trial – Taiwanese director Dennis Yueh-Yeh adapted and directs this adaptation Peter Weiss’ play of the same name, which draws from Franz Kafka’s The Trial.  September 1 – 6.

Peking opera superstar Zhang Huoding (张火丁) performs two classics, Legend of the White Snake 《白蛇传》and The Jewelry Pouch 《锁麟囊》at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

Cloud Dance Theater of Taiwan comes to BAM presents Rice, a production that takes the  grain, field, and flower as verdant muse in this celebration of the life cycle and natural beauty of the island’s essential crop.

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Coming up this week…

1) Opening Reception – The Yellow Snake is Waiting  – For his first solo exhibition in New York, Lin Tzu-Huan presents The Yellow Snake Is Waiting, a video installation created during his Flux Factory residency period. The video features footage of a fictional story to find the ultimate solution of never-ending desire by fusing two well-known mythical stories from East to West. The narrative explores the fog of memories and makes transparent the mystery of desire.

The exhibition is on view from August 21 – 27.

Friday, August 21, 6 PM
Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St, Long Island City, Queens


2) Annie Chen Sextet @ ShapeShifter Lab – Jazz vocalist Annie Chen’s first performance after an extended tour in China presents new tunes and a new band

Friday, August 21, 9:30 PM
ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn


3) Taiwan: A World of Orchids, featuring “The Moment” – Enjoy a stunning display of orchids, including over 250 pots containing exquisite Taiwanese orchids. Accompanying the flower exhibit will be “The Moment,” an arts program encompassing the work of over 30 artists, whose installations and performances aim to engage attendees and showcase the best of contemporary Taiwanese American arts. In partnership with Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York (TECO-NY). To learn more about “The Moment” artists and work, click here. To see a map and timeline of performances and installations, please click here.

August 22 – 23

  • Mists of Lights and Shades- Collaborative project – Catherine Lan (Visual) (藍巧茹), Beryl Chen (陳韋竹) (video), Shuo An Chen (陳芍安) (music), Ya Ting Chi (紀雅婷) (dance), and Dancers Leslie Ann Kilpatrick, and Megan J. Minturn.Performances at 1:30, 2:15, and 3:15 PM
  • Interactive Performance & workshop: Wei Hsinyen (魏欣妍)(performance)• Pai Yu Hsuan (白喻萱) (workshop+installation)
  • Video Game: Allan Yu (余政彥) & Bruce Lan (藍英禎)
  • Short film screening: Peilin Kuo (郭佩霖), YingTze Huang (黃尹姿), Victoria Linchong (林鍾維星)
  • Chat Moment: discussion organized by 456 Forum, led by Tzu Huan Lin (林子桓), Samantha Yun Shao (邵容謙)

August 22, 2015 (only)

  • Journey Walk – Lorin Roser (live music) & Larry Litt (poems) & Yung-Shan Chuang 小善 (vocal & dance), Nina Kuo (visual installation)

August 23, 2015 (only)

  • Yuhan Su Jazz Group 蘇郁涵爵士樂團

Saturday, August 22
Sunday, August 23
Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, Queens
Garden admission: $4/adult; $3/Seniors; $2/Students; Free/Sunday 4 – 6 PM


4) Tiananmen Annie – A comedic and heartfelt coming of age story about finding your Chinese soul. It is Ann Starbuck’s true story of living in Beijing as a student in 1988-1989, and working for CNN during the Tiananmen Square Uprising.  Winner of the Ezra Buzzingon Spirit of the Fringe Award for Best Production & Best Directing at the Hollywood Fringe.

Part of FringeNYC – The New York International Fringe Festival

Saturday, August 22, 5 PM
Tuesday, August 25, 3 PM
Wednesday, August 26, 9 PM
64E4 Underground, 64 E. 4th Street (Bowery & 2nd Ave)
$18/General Admission


5) The Dossier 《档案》

Directed by Zhu Rikun
2014, 129 min. In Chinese with English subtitles.

Tsering Woeser, the subject of Chinese filmmaker Zhu Rikun’s extraordinary documentary, is a Tibetan writer now based in Beijing. Through her writing and online voice, she has become one of the most eloquent voices on Tibet. Zhu Rikun’s sharply designed, formally innovative documentary is completely in Woeser’s own voice: Zhu alternates formally photographed scenes of Woeser reading excerpts from her secret government “dossier” (which she has somehow gained access to) with scenes of her speaking in her own soft but powerful, eloquent, passionate voice. Woeser’s moving account of her political awakening and current activism makes for a powerful document of a Tibetan woman finding her voice and insisting on her freedom to use it.

This screening is co-presented with Columbia University’s Modern Tibetan Studies Program.   Presented with the Center on U.S.-China Relations.

Post-screening Q&A with director Zhu Rikun and Robert Barnett, Columbia University.

Part of Cinema on the Edge: The Best of the Beijing Independent Film Festival 2012 – 2014 

Monday, August 24, 6:30 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
$12/General Admission; $10/Students and Seniors; $8/Members


5) Chronicle of a Blood Merchant

Directed by Ha Jung-woo
2015. South Korea. 124 min. DCP. In Korean with English subtitles.

Ha Jung-woo, one of Korea’s biggest stars, directs and acts in this understated period comedy-drama, based on the best-selling novel of the same title 《许三观卖血记》by the Chinese writer Yu Hua (余华). Just after the Korean War, a factory worker falls for the most beautiful girl in his village . Penniless, he sells his blood to fund the courtship and before long they are married. Eleven years later, the couple have three sons and live a comfortable life. One day, their lives are upended when a blood test reveals that their eldest boy is not the worker’s son.

Part of Korean Movie Night.  Co-presented by Korean Cultural Service NY and Asia Society.

Tuesday, August 25, 6:30 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue


6) China in Wonderland / 2nd Series – Live music performance by Zong Li, Jiaju Shen, Sophia Yang, and calligraphy demonstration by Guitian Li De Osu

Wednesday, August 26, 6 PM
Spin Ceramics, 13 Crosby Street, Manhattan

Ongoing Films and Shows

1) The Iron Ministry 《铁道》

2014. USA/China.
Directed by J.P. Sniadecki. Courtesy Icarus Films.
In Mandarin, English subtitles. 82 min.

J.P. Sniadecki filmed his evocative documentary The Iron Ministry over a period of three years while riding across China’s elaborate railway network. A veteran of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, the filmmaker is attuned to the subtle audiovisual details of the train’s material environment—the squeals of locomotion, a power cable slicing across the sky—yet he also maintains a human scale. The movie’s agile, searching camera observes workers and passengers in the cramped economy cabins as they share a joke over cigarettes, discuss the promise and limits of the “Chinese Dream,” or sleep wherever space allows, sometimes in contorted angles of repose. The confines of the film’s setting may be narrow, but its implications—aesthetic, political, and otherwise—are expansive.

Introduction and Q&A with the director at the Friday, August 21 screening.

Friday, August 21 – Thursday, August 27.  See film page for times and locations.


2) Go Away Mr. Tumor 《滚蛋吧!肿瘤君》–’Go Away Mr. Tumor’ is based on the famous Chinese comic series created by online cartoonist Xiong Dun, chronicling the darkest hours of her life in a lighter and more amusing way. While fighting a malignant tumor, she wrote what became an explosively popular story and inspired millions of people with her optimism and courage.

At AMC Empire 25


In addition to the below, Sun Xun is among the film and video artists shown in Before the GIF which curated works in which artists explore the possibilities unique to analog animation forms whose primary goal is keen creativity, rather than mimetic trickery.  Two of works are presented: top-motion animations of his painterly charcoal drawings in Shock of Time (2006) and People’s Republic of Zoo (2009) follow the story of a man drawn on reams of newspaper pages and an ominous menagerie of wild and domesticated animals.

Read more at High Line Art.

July 9 – September 2, 2015
7:00 PM daily until the park closes
High Line Channel 14, 14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street

Just added and opening:

Chinatown (8/17 – 8/21, City Bird Gallery) City Bird Gallery celebrates the community that has been a “wonderful little oasis” that has provided the comforts of home, food, drinks, song, and art for creators who live and work out of Chinatown.

Features artists
Ashley Thompson
Cat Chow
Meng Ting Zhou
Vincent Zhao
Wang Zhao
Yang Lee-Shuan


Closing soon:

Lin Tzu Huan: The Yellow Snake is Waiting (Flux Factory, 8/21 – 8/27)

Before the GIF (High Line Channel 14, 14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street, 7/9 – 9/2)

Visit the exhibition calendar ( for details for the following shows below.  As always, check the museum or gallery’s website for hours of operation.

Chinatown (8/17 – 8/21, City Bird Gallery)

Lin Tzu Huan: The Yellow Snake is Waiting (Flux Factory, 8/21 – 8/27)

Before the GIF (High Line Channel 14, 14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street, 7/9 – 9/2)

Geng Xue: Borrowing and Easterly Wind  (Klein Sun Gallery, 8/13 – 9/5)

Ying Zhu: Live Like and Astronaut (Klein Sun Gallery, 8/13 – 9/5)

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

China: Through the Looking Glass (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5/7- 9/7)

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

The Moment: Taiwanese American Contemporary Arts (New York Hall of Science, 8/8 – 9/13)

Being Here: Mei-Ling Liu and HsiangLu Meng New Work in New York (Cuchifritos Gallery, 8/14 – 9/13)

Fertility, Blessings and Protection – Taiwanese and Asian Cultures of Baby Carrier (Taipei Cultural Center of TECO, 7/29 – 9/20)

Jun-Te Hwang (黃榮德): From Mountains to Monuments: The Hidden Corners of China (Hwang Gallery, 8/11 – 9/30)

Mary Ting: Compassion – For the Animals Great and Small (Gallery 456, 8/12 – 9/27)

Ishu Han: Memory of Each Other (ICSP, 7/8 – 10/2)

Lead image: Wuhan from Flickr user Tauno Tõhk / 陶诺, licensed through Creative Commons