NYC Chinese Cultural Events and Art Exhibitions: July 29 – August 4, 2016


This week brings us into the dog days of August, and it’s a quiet week for events, but we’re particularly excited about the two documentaries at the Asian American International Film Festival that we’ve listed and the Modern Storyteller weekend exhibition.  Other shows by Taiwanese designers and artists have shown great ideas.

Coming up:

August 5 and 6 – AAIFF’s Chinese Art Film Series

August 6 and 7 – Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

August 6 –Meng Du: The Climb, The Fall closing reception at Fou Gallery.

August 12 – 17, Taipei Cultural Center in New York’s 25th anniversary.

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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1) Hua Bai – Infectious Agent Opening Reception – Join the artist at the opening for his new show that imagines skylines transformed in a way that mimics viral replication.

Friday, July 29, 7 – 9 PM
Cloud Gallery, 66 W. Broadway


2) Modern Storyteller – The exhibition renders the mixture of diverse perspectives and outlooks, personal or impersonal, from up and coming Taiwanese designers and artists.  With the liberty to choose their own subject and use of media, the 18 participants deliver their own “story” through distinct methods and approaches, such as installations, motion graphics or films.

Facebook event page.


Saturday, July 30
Sunday, July 31
Rabbithole Project, 33 Washington St., Brooklyn

Asian American International Film Festival

The AAIFF closes this weekend, but and there are a few screenings left including the closing film Front Cover which will be followed by a reception.  Take a look at the schedule, and sure to use discount code BCAAIFF16 when you get tickets.  Remaining screenings relating to Chinese and the Chinese diaspora include:

Jolin – Dongguan, simultaneously the manufacturing hub and inadvertent sex capital of China; it is home to 1.7 million female factory workers, 300,000 of which comprised of former factory girls turned sex workers. Since the government crackdown on prostitution in 2014, an increasingly growing number of women seek to flee Dongguan – and the stigma associated with it. It is here that 22-year- old country girl, Jolin, has worked for the past five years, and where her story begins.

The documentary focuses on a former factory girl, 22-year- old Jolin, who is the only child of her family and has found work as a stripper in Dongguan. She undergoes risky plastic surgery to look more ‘sexy’ and tries to find her estranged father for reasons that go beyond healing her fractured family. She hopes to leave Dongguan behind and become a famous actress in Shanghai. Jolin’s story depicts a young girl’s “Chinese Dream” and the sadness of China’s loneliest generation.

Dirs. Siyan Liu and Danni Wang
2016, China and United States, 67 min.
Chinese with English subtitles

The directors will be in attendance for a post-screening panel.

Saturday, July 29, 6:30 PM
Village East Cinema


TPE-TICS – Huang Dawang (黃大旺), an extravaganza from Taiwan sound/ performance art scene, is also known as Black Wolf or Yingfan-Psalmanazar. He has developed a distinctive style of improvisation and electronic noise, and has a unique performance – the “Black Wolf Nakashi” show. This film follows him in the city, from sound to body, from bedroom to ruins.

Dir. Jessica Wan-Yu Lin
2015, Taiwan, 68 min.
Mandarin with English subtitles

Friday, July 29, 9:15 PM
Village East Cinema

Films are screened at Village East Cinema, 189 Second Avenue, unless otherwise noted.


1) League of Gods 《封神榜》 – A long time ago, a determined King Zhou, supported by his concubine Daji, sets his mind on conquering the Middle Kingdom. After years of slaughter, the unyielding Adept tribes have been eliminated in succession. Jiang and General Ji from Qishan are King Zhou’s longstanding opponents. Under a divinatory sign, Jiang discovers that the Sword of Light can reverse the adversity. Jet Li is back and ready for action in the new fantasy epic League of Gods. Based on the 16th-century Chinese novel The Investiture Of The Gods 《封神演义》, the film stars Jet Li, Louis Koo, Fan Bingbing, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, and Angelababy.

Opens at AMC Empire 25 7/29.


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

Photographer Wayne Liu is part of  Everything that Gathers Blows Away at The Camera Club of New York, 126 Baxter Street.  8/3 – 8/8, 12 – 6 PM and by appointment.

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

Opening and Newly Added:

Hua Bai – Infectious Agent (Cloud Gallery, 7/29 – 8/12) – Playing with the principle of mechanical reproduction in photography, Hua Bai creates a world blossoming out with the melodies of virus-like forms. What lies behind this image is his questioning of today’s spectacle of contemporary architecture and the over-homogenized urban life that is represented.

The series of Virus starts with a few photos taken by Hua Bai in front of some iconic high-rising buildings.  When detached from the specific contexts and space in which they are located, it allows the image to reproduce and to be reproduced freely, but still follow a certain protocol.  The architectural patterns, being distorted and replicated in the work, are reformed from still objects as vividly colorful “Viruses.”  The artist quickly expands his experimentation by playing with multiple layers of the same image pattern.  This restless layering results in a multitude of different tunes, transferring the materials from the world of physics to the world of biochemistry.  The “viruses” take the form of various biological molecules, forming something obsessively beautiful and mysteriously pleasant.

Hua Bai, A string of VP35, 2016. Archival inkjet print on metallic paper, 13 × 13 in. Image courtesy of the artist.

Hua Bai, A string of VP35, 2016. Archival inkjet print on metallic paper, 13 × 13 in. Image courtesy of the artist.


Closing soon:

Nadim Abbas and Tuo Wang: Only the Lonely (inCube Arts, 7/9 – 7/30)

Heidi Lau – Third Rome (Deli, 7/8 – 7/31)

A Fraction of Island – Hsiang-Lin Wang & Ming-Jer Kuo Duo Exhibition (Gallery 456, 7/8 – 8/5)

Soft Haze: Xinyi Cheng, Nabui, Ali Van (Thomas Erben Gallery, 6/7 – 8/5)

Meng Du: The Climb, The Fall (Fou Gallery, 6/28 – 8/7)


Current shows:

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.

Stone Wong: In Search of Hong Kong Vision (Cloud Gallery, 7/14 – 7/28)

Nadim Abbas and Tuo Wang: Only the Lonely (inCube Arts, 7/9 – 7/30)

Heidi Lau – Third Rome (Deli, 7/8 – 7/31)

A Fraction of Island – Hsiang-Lin Wang & Ming-Jer Kuo Duo Exhibition (Gallery 456, 7/8 – 8/5)

Soft Haze: Xinyi Cheng, Nabui, Ali Van (Thomas Erben Gallery, 6/7 – 8/5)

Meng Du: The Climb, The Fall (Fou Gallery, 6/28 – 8/7)

Hua Bai – Infectious Agent (Cloud Gallery, 7/29 – 8/12)

Peili: Greater New York (Klein Sun Gallery, 6/30 – 8/19)

Zhang Gong: The Watcher (Klein Sun Gallery, 6/30 – 8/19)

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

Deng Tai: Shadow (MoMA PS1, 6/19 – 8/28)

Cao Fei (MoMA PS1, 4/3 – 8/31)

Global by Design: Chinese Ceramics from the R. Albuquerque Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art, through 9/5/16)

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)

The Keeper (New Museum, 7/20 – 9/25)

Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings (Metropolitan Museum of Art, through 10/9/16)

From the Imperial Theater: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th Centuries (Metropolitan Museum of Art, through 10/9/16)

Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer, 14th – 19th Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art, through 10/9/16)

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

Folk My Life ( New York Foundation for the Arts Gallery, 7/22 – 10/21)

Lead image: Selling watermelons by Flickr user kattebelletje.  License under Creative Commons