NYC Chinese Cultural Events and Art Exhibitions: June 17 – June 23, 2016

Wang Fei – Frigates War

This week: The New York Asian Film Festival opens, award-winning cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing talks with MoMA’s La Frances Hui; the Asian American International Film Festival reveals its line-up; a documentary that explores the social expectations and pressures people in China’s LGBT face; and a film about Japanese who were born and lived in Taiwan before the World War II.

Designers, entries for the Golden Pin Design Award are due June 30.  This award celebrates innovative products and projects expressly created for and within huaren communities.

Coming up:

7/13 – 7/16 – Paradise Interrupted, a reimagining and fusing the biblical story of Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden and the vivid dream of Du Liniang in The Peony Pavilion.

We add talks, films, performances, exhibitions, featuring or relating to Chinese, Taiwanese, diasporic artists and topics to our event and ongoing exhibition calendars as we learn of them.

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This week’s events

1) Brooklyn Makers Market – Fascinator maker Chapeau Echo and ceramic makers Atelier F and Dusty World Pottery, three artisan shops that can bring elegance to your style, are participating in this market showcasing handmade products by Brooklyn talent.

Saturday, June 18 – Sunday June 19
Williamsburg Savings Bank 175 Broadway, Brooklyn
Free

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2) A Conversation with Cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing – In a career that spans over three decades, Mark Lee Ping-Bing (b. 1954) has distinguished himself as one of the world’s foremost cinematographers and moving-image creators. Lee discusses his artistic vision, innovations in cinematography, behind-the-scenes stories, and collaborations with film directors in this conversation with La Frances Hui, Associate Curator, Department of Film. Film excerpts are included in this program.

Saturday, June 18, 5 PM
MoMA, Theatre 1
$12/Adult; $10/Senior; $8/Student

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3) Inside the Chinese Closet – In a nondescript lounge somewhere in Shanghai, men and women giggle, eyeing prospective partners, visibly nervous about making the first move. This isn’t your average matchmaking event—it’s a “fake-marriage fair,” where gay men and women meet to make matrimonial deals with members of the opposite sex in order to satisfy social and familial expectations of heterosexual unions. And pretend marriage is just the start… Inside the Chinese Closet tells the intricate tales of Andy and Cherry, homosexuals whose families demand of them (heterosexual) marriages and a babies. Will they deny their happiness and sexual orientation to satisfy their parents’ wishes? Andy and Cherry’s stories mirror the legal and cultural progress taking place in China against the backdrop of a nation coming to terms with new moral values. Touching and troubling in equal measure, Inside the Chinese Closet exposes the difficult decisions young LGBT individuals are often forced to make.

Followed by Q&A with director Sophia Luvarà

Saturday, June 18, 9 PM
Walter Reade Theatre, 165 West 65th Street
$14/General Admission; $11/Student and Senior

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4) AAIFF ’16 Launch Party – Meet the organizers and fans of the Asian American International Film Festival, which runs July 21 – 30, at this launch party where its lineup will be revealed.

Tuesday, June 21, 6 PM
Fat Buddha, 212 Avenue A
Free

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7) Wansei Back Home 《湾生回家》 – Wansei refers to Japanese individuals who were born in Taiwan during the Japanese colonial period. Almost all the Japanese in Taiwan were deported to Japan after the Japanese government was defeated in WWII. And as a result, painful separation stories occurred throughout Taiwan.

Requiring 12 years of research and 5 years of filming and production, Wansei Back Home is a tale of friendships and family ties transcending life and death, a tale of discovery of life’s true meaning, and a tale of bravery in the face of harsh adversity.

Producer Tanaka Mika (田中實加/Taiwanese name: 陳宣儒), a Taiwan-based artist who has a Wansei grandmother, teamed up with Golden Horse Best Short Film director Huang Ming-cheng (黄銘正) to create this excellent documentary, which was nominated for the 2015 Golden Horse Best Documentary. The film’s box office was over 32 million NTD in Taiwan – extraordinary for a documentary film.

Part of the Discovering The Beauty and Sadness of History series.

Thursday, June 23 6:30 PM
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, 1 E. 42nd Street
Free


Ongoing Films and Shows

1) Luminosity: The Art of Cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing – In a career that spans over three decades, Mark Lee Ping-Bing (Taiwanese, b. 1954) has distinguished himself as one of the world’s foremost cinematographers and moving image creators. His exquisite presentation of light, shadow, and color; graceful camera movement; and arresting compositions bring cinematography’s central role in the creation of motion pictures to the forefront. Lee is a master of filming in natural- and low-light conditions, revealing dense, lustrous layers of light and darkness that provide incredible depth and space. Each frame allows viewers to immerse themselves in rich visual landscapes, whether naturalistic or highly stylized. Lee’s seductive, observant long takes do more than punctuate the passage of time; they mark subtle emotional transformations and inject distinctive rhythmic shifts. He has shot primarily on film throughout his career, and he remains among a small number of cinematographers who continue to use this medium today.

An essential partner to the directors he works with, Lee is best known for his longtime collaboration with director Hou Hsiao-Hsien. In the 10 award-winning features they’ve made together, the duo has defined a vision for Taiwan New Cinema realism—and beyond. Lee has also collaborated with such celebrated filmmakers as Wong Kar Wai, Tran Anh Hung, Tian Zhuangzhuang, and Ann Hui, and his work has won him numerous international honors, most recently a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 2016 Berlinale, for Crosscurrent. For this first American retrospective of Lee’s work, MoMA presents a diverse group of films from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Japan, and France.

June 22 – June 30
MoMA

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2) New York Asian Film Festival – The 2015 Village Voice Best Film Festival award winner is back! The 15th edition of the New York Asian Film Festival will feature a full plate of unhinged, genre-bending films, brisk and intelligent entertainment, and uncompromising art-house gems that will satiate all appetites, wholesome and otherwise. Poised to be the summer’s hottest event, the festival will tantalize, shock, and excite with a handpicked crop of disquieting noir, gonzo gangster action, dark romance, and sharp political works that showcase the vibrant range of talent from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. The NYAFF will also celebrate its coming-of-age with special retrospective screenings of some of the founders’ and programmers’ favorite works.

51 films from all across Asia, including 19 from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan will be screened.

At Film Society Lincoln Center
June 22 – July 5
Walter Reade Theatre, 165 West 65th Street

At SVA Theatre
June 5 – July 9
SVA Theatre, SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd

$14/General Admission; $11/Senior; $9/Film Society Members
3-film pack and $199 all-access pass available.

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2) The Music of Strangers  – This film from Oscar-winning director Mogan Neville tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma.  The documentary follows this group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope.

At Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinema.


Current Art Exhibitions

In addition to the listings below, one local artists is participating in group show:

Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin is part of Queens International 2016.  Through 7/31.

Opening and Newly Added:

1) LENNA (Chinatown Soup, 6/16 – 26) – LENNA is an autonomous, computer-run installation. A custom-written software on a computer types code, compiles it, generates color backgrounds and typography, and prints the imageries out on A4 papers through a Inkjet printer. Audiences are invited to come inside the gallery and examine the monitor screen, movement of the cursor, custom hardware tapping the keypad, and the printer, as the entire process unravels itself, live, uninterrupted.

The show was created by Yang Wang, a New York-based multimedia, designer, and programmer; Zhenzhen Qi, a new media artist and educator; and Chiu-Hao Chen, a creative technologist.

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Closing soon:

New Voices: A DSL Collection Story – (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/7 – 6/18)

Xu Lei – New Works (Marlborough Gallery, 5/12 – 6/18)

A Passion for Jade: The Heber Bishop Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8/15/15 – 6/19/16)

Chinese Textiles Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8/15/15 – 6/19/16)

Chinese Lacquer Treasures from the Irving Collection, 12th–18th Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8/15/15 – 6/19/16)

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

LENNA (Chinatown Soup, 6/16 – 26)

New Voices: A DSL Collection Story – (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/7 – 6/18)

Xu Lei – New Works (Marlborough Gallery, 5/12 – 6/18)

A Passion for Jade: The Heber Bishop Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8/15/15 – 6/19/16)

Chinese Textiles Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8/15/15 – 6/19/16)

Chinese Lacquer Treasures from the Irving Collection, 12th–18th Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8/15/15 – 6/19/16)

Zane Kuo (郭季彥) Solo Photography Exhibition (Hwang Gallery, 6/7 – 6/15)

RongRong & inri (荣荣&映里) – Tamari Story 《妻有物语》 (Chambers Fine Art, 6/4 – 8/20)

Cao Fei (MoMA PS1, 4/3 – 8/31)

Ka-Men Tse Photography (NYPL – Mulberry Street Library, 6/2 – 9/7)

Stage Design by Ming Cho Lee (Museum of Chinese in America, 4/28 – 9/11)

Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10/31/15 – 10/11/16)

Lead image: Wang Fei – Frigates War, 2005.  Acrylic on canvas, 162 x 130 cm.  Image from Artnet.