NYC Chinese Cultural Events and Art Exhibitions: September 23 – September 29, 2016


This week: a celebration of Taiwanese food and culture at Grand Central Terminal; a dumpling festival in Chinatown; talks about religion in modern day Taiwan, female leadership with the head of largest prime office real-estate developer, museums in China and the US, and a 1930s Chinese American women’s social club; pipa performance by the Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble; public art by a Taiwanese artist; and more…

Coming up:

September 30 – Art and China After 1989: New Perspectives symposium at NYU and Art In A Time Of Chaos: Masterworks From Six Dynasties China, 3rd–6th Centuries curator’s lecture at China Institute

October 1 and 2 – The Hedonists, Jia Zhangke’s 25-minute comic short screens at New York Film Festival’s Shorts Program 2: International Auteurs

October 6 – Museum of Chinese America’s new exhibition, Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America, opens

October 6 and 7 – Abacus: Small Enough to Fail, a film at the New York Film Festival about the only bank to be indicted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis

October 7 – Cloud Gate 2 at Dance for Fall Festival

October 21 – Carsick Cars w/ Chui Wan & Alpine Decline at Baby’s All Right

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) Taiwan Excellence NY Product Showcase 2016 – Featuring over 50 award-winning products from Taiwan’s leading innovation brands, the event will allow visitors to experience some of the latest technological breakthroughs across a range of different categories including gaming computers, smart accessories, alternative transportation and sustainability.

Singers from the local Taiwanese theater community will perform Mandarin and Taiwanese folk songs.

Thursday, September 22 – Sunday, September 25
Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle


2) Celebrate Taiwan! – Art, music, dance, and free food and drink that showcases Taiwan’s unique culture.  Program includes:

  • Reminicising Taiwan, a mini-musical with original arangements of classic Taiwanese songs from the 20th century performed by Esther Chen, Shan Y Chuang, Carl Hsu, Chien-Lun Clare Lee, and Mandarin Wu, recounts in song the immigrant story of seeking success abroad, perseverance in a foreign land to make family proud, missing home, and finding comfort in food and culture.  Performances at 11:25 AM and 12:25 PM
  • Food demo by a chef from famed Taiwanese restaurant Sanhoyan
  • Free gua bao creatively designed like monsters, mocktails and bubble tea
  • Calligraphy showcase and giveaway
  • Cocktail mixing demo by a Flair Bartending Champion from Taiwan
  • Drawing to win round-trip tickets to Taipei

Saturday, September 24, 11 AM – 2 PM
Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal
Free admission


3) Dumpling Festival in Chinatown/LES – This year’s festival, presented by Chef One Dumplings offers Kung Pao Chicken, Pork & Kimchi, Kale & Vegetable, Buffalo Chicken, Edamame and other types of dumplings, dumpling-making lessons, and a dumpling eating contest.

Saturday, September 24, 12 – 5 PM
Sara D. Roosevelt Park (on E. Houston Street)
Free admission


4) Ging Hawk Club: The Social Networks of 2nd Generation Chinese American Women – The women of the Ging Hawk Club share their memories and stories about growing up Chinese American and female in the 1930s and the impact of New York’s Ging Hawk Club on their lives and the community.

New York’s Ging Hawk Club was an association for Chinese American women that offered an alternative to traditional, male-dominated associations and Christian church groups during the 1920s and 30s. The Ging Hawk Club started in 1929 at The Church of All Nations and also the Young Women’s Christian Association. The club initially was called the Girls’ Reserves, and then they adopted the name Ging Hawk – “striving for knowledge.” The Ging Hawk women provided community services and organized social events. When war approached, these women formed the backbone for fundraising and other relief efforts.

Sunday, September 25, 3 PM
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street
$12/Adult; $7/Senior and Student; Free/Member


5) 456 Forum: Art You a Labor? – Speakers/Interviewers: Jia-Jen Lin + Manuel Molina Martagon + Colby Cannon. A discussion and slide show on the recent project Manufracture Series: Bread, Steel, and Benjamin Moore, a project investigating the segregated yet inseparable relationships between manufacturing and art making within local settings in Brooklyn.

For further description and images of the current exhibition, see here.

During this discussion, speakers will be sharing their collaborative processes, the result of this project, and some of their individual artistic practice. They will also have open conversations with the audience regarding to related subjects, such as labor, social and neighborhood changes, and the seemingly interchangeable roles between artists and manufacturers. The discussion will be held from 6pm to 7pm, following by a tea and wine reception.

Sunday, September 25, 6 PM
Gallery 456, 3rd Floor, 456 Broadway


6) The Comeback of Confucius in Modern China –  Lecture by Michael Schuman, journalist and author of Confucius: And the World He Created.  Moderated by Madeleine Zelin, Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies, Columbia University.

See here for our earlier coverage of his book.

Monday, September 26, 12 PM
International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St), Room 918, Columbia University
Free, no registration required


7) Religion in Taiwan Society – Lecture by Boston University anthropologist Robert Weller.

Part of the Modern Taiwan lecture series at Columbia University.

Tuesday, September 27, 4:10 PM
Schermerhorn Hall (1198 Amsterdam Ave), Room 963, Columbia University
Free, no registration required


8) U.S. and Chinese Museums and Their Communities – In this public discussion, directors of U.S. and Chinese museums will discuss the role that museums play within their respective communities, addressing some fundamental and important questions: What do museum leaders in both countries feel a museum’s mission should be? What are a museum’s civic and social responsibilities? How do U.S. and Chinese museums aim to serve their public? Do these communities have different expectations for their museums? Do these expectations affect the way artwork is presented and interpreted? What are the methods used by museums in both countries to effectively engage their audiences? In the twenty-first century, how do museums make historical material relevant to visitors? This discussion will be moderated by Boon Hui Tan, Director of Asia Society Museum.

Tuesday, September 27, 6:30 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
Free, register here


9) Nanguan Concert: Song of the Pipa-Lute – A special performance Song of the Pipa-Lute by Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble.  The ensemble  was founded in 2003 by Wang Xin-Xin for the preservation, study, and promulgation of this ancient art form. Xinxin Nanguan sows the seeds in today’s contemporary artistic garden, keeping this traditional form blooming with its abundant cultural heritage, as well as appeasing the restless minds of the present.

Followed by a Q & A with Wang Xin-Xin.

Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 PM
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, 1 E. 42nd Street
Free admission, RSVP here


10) The Power of Female Leadership – Join Asia Society for a special evening with three prominent women leaders on the global stage. Zhang Xin, CEO of SOHO China, and Arianna Huffington, Founder of the Huffington Post, will be in conversation with Josette Sheeran, President and CEO of the Asia Society, sharing their own experiences and speaking about the challenges and opportunities that exist for future female leaders across Asia, the United States, and the wider world.

Thursday, September 29, 6:30; Live webcast available here
Asia Society, 725 Park Ave
$30/Non-member; $25/Student and Senior; $20/Member


11) God Man Dog 《流浪神狗人》– Ching, a depress hand model, tries to release herself from the pain of losing a newborn baby, but neither religious belief nor random affairs can help her. Her husband is an architect, deeply involved in the power/money games of real estate business. This urban middleclass couple’s marriage is in crisis, so they go on a trip to eastern Taiwan, hoping to redeem their relationship. An aboriginal couple, Biung and Mei, toils to live a poor life, transporting top-grade peaches between a remote tribe in Taidon and Taipei City every day. Yet they find themselves less valued than even the peaches. Their daughter Savi leaves home for Taipei to rebel against her alcoholic father, and now devotes herself to boxing. One-legged Yellow Bull drives a truck, filled with deserted god statues of various sizes, roaming around to pick up and shelter more. A homeless boy accompanies him, collecting all sorts of amulets to earn blessings. The two live on the road. Then there’s a fatal car accident caused by a stray dog. The lives of the three groups of characters converge and their lives are changed as a result.

Dir. Cheng Singing (陈芯宜)
119 min, Taiwan, 2007
Mandarin with English subtitles

Thursday, September 29, 6:30 PM
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, 1 E. 42nd Street



1) Soulmate 《七月与安生》– A 30 year-old working woman Li Ansheng’s life in Shanghai is suddenly disrupted by the publication of a novel, entitled Qiyue and Ansheng, a chronicle of her friendship with Qiyue during her youth. Her long repressed memories are unleashed with the force of a tsunami.  The two girls seemed destined to become friends from the moment they entered high school.  Though they were inseparable and believed that their bond would last for the rest of their lives, the cruelty of youth eventually led them to separate paths. Even more shocking is the discovery of a long buried secret shared by the women – a secret that serves as an emblem of their youth and the proof of their friendship.

Opens at AMC Empire 25 September 23.


2) Cock and Bull  《追凶者也》 – When a murder occurs in a small town in Southeast China, a local mechanic, known for his honesty, comes under suspicion. When the police target him to take the fall, he’s forced to try and exonerate himself, uncovering a number of disturbing facts, most much bigger than the initial crime.  Directed by Cao Baoping (曹保平) and stars Liu Ye (刘烨)

At AMC Empire 25


3) Caught – In this irreverent new genre-bending piece, theatre makers Christopher Chen and LeeSunday Evans apply their playful imaginations to the work of a Chinese dissident artist. Their hybrid work invites you to navigate a labyrinthine trail between truth and perception, authority and authenticity, illusionary art and real jeopardy.

The play was inspired by performance artist Miao Jiaxin‘s Jail’s Seeking Prisoners and was named an Critic’s Pick by The New York Times.  You can also read more about it here.

August 17 – September 24
Monday – Saturday, 7:30 PM
LaMaMa, 66 E. 4th Street


Opening and Newly Added:

1) Hung Yi – Fancy Animal Carnival – (Garment District pedestrian plazas on Broadway from 36th to 41st Streets, 9/20/16 – 4/15/17) – The Fancy Animal Carnival sculptures by Taiwanese artist Hung Yi will occupy the Garment District pedestrian plazas on Broadway from 36th to 41st Streets and will be open to the public through April 2017.  Each of the eleven animal sculptures represents a narrative, expressed through traditional Taiwanese symbols and motifs believed to bring luck. The painted patterns reflect on folk culture and religion, as well as the artist’s personal experiences and observations of people’s everyday lives.

Installation view, Hung Yi, Fancy Animal Carnival, photo by Alice Wu.

Installation view, Hung Yi, Fancy Animal Carnival, photo by Alice Wu.


2) Cultural Revolution, Propaganda Art, and Historical Memories (Reading Room, C.V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University, 535 West 114th St., 9/22 – 11/22) – Showcase of the Cultural Revolution collections of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, particularly posters, pamphlets, booklets, documents, and Mao badges and busts.

Closing soon:

1) Hai-Hsin Huang: A Museum Show (Gallery 456, 8/26 – 9/23)

Installation view, Huang Hai Hsin, "The Museum Show," Gallery 456. Photo by Hansi Liao.

Installation view, Huang Hai-Hsin, “The Museum Show,” Gallery 456. Photo by Hansi Liao.


2) Tango Chelsea Market Pop Up Show (Chelsea Market, 9/5 – 9/25 )

Installation View, Tango Pop up Show at Chelsea Market, photo by Da Yan.

Installation View, Tango Pop up Show at Chelsea Market, photo by Da Yan.

3) Zhai Liang: Living Room (Fou Gallery, 8/18 – 10/9)

Installation view, Zhai Liang, The Living Room, photo by Patricia Chen.

Installation view, Zhai Liang, The Living Room, photo by Patricia Chen.


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.

Hai-Hsin Huang: A Museum Show (Gallery 456, 8/26 – 9/23)

Tango Chelsea Market Pop Up Show (Chelsea Market, 9/5 – 9/25 )

The School of Visual Arts – The Book Show (SVA Gramercy Gallery, 9/16 – 9/29)

Yang Yi: First Responders (Chinatown Soup, 9/10 – 9/30)

Shen Jingdong + Jon Tsoi – No Head No Heart (WhiteBox, 9/1 – 9/30)

Jacky Tsai – Culture Clash (208 Bowery, 9/22 – 10/2)

Miao Xiaochun – Metamorphosis (Klein Sun Gallery, 9/8 – 10/8)

No Cause for Alarm (La MaMa Galleria, 9/15 – 10/8)

Xu Zhen (James Cohan Gallery, 9/8 – 10/8)

Zhai Liang: Living Room (Fou Gallery, 8/18 – 10/9)

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

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

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

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

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

Cultural Revolution, Propaganda Art, and Historical Memories (Reading Room, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, 9/22 – 11/22)

Gang Zhao (Jack Tilton Gallery, 9/13-10/22)

Erote (The Hollows Art Space, 9/7 – 10/30)

Han Bing: Urban Amber (FitzGerald Fine Arts, 8/1 – 11/1)

Wu Jian’an – Ten Thousand Things (Chambers Fine Art, 9/8 – 11/12)

Cultural Revolution, Propaganda Art, and Historical Memories (Reading Room, C.V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University, 535 West 114th St., 9/22 – 11/22)

Zhang Peili: Continuous Reproduction (Asia Society, 9/9 – 12/4)

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki (Asia Society, 9/9/16 – 1/8/17)

Hung Yi – Fancy Animal Carnival – (Garment District pedestrian plazas on Broadway from 36th to 41st Streets, 9/20/16 – 4/15/17)

Lead image: A 30,000-square-meter corn maze in Baixiang County in Hebei province.  From Xinhua