NYC Chinese Cultural Events and Art Exhibitions: November 11 – November 17, 2016

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It’s a big, big list this week with over two dozen listings!  First, there are nine documentaries including ones about philanthropy in China, Chinese diaspora in France, an artist who used Beijing’s smog as a material, and Central Ballet of China’s first visit to the US in 1986.  Thursday is a big night for music with performances relating to a contemporary Chinese classical composers and an innovative experimental mix of Chinese and Western instruments, techniques and forms.  For those interested in art, MOCA hosts a talk about how their current exhibition came together and welcomes architect Maya Lin, and Asia Society looks back at their past contemporary art shows.  There are talks by a Singaporean artist, about art conservation, a novel about contemporary Chinese history.  If you want to get outside an enjoy the brisk whether, head out to Stage Ai’s immersive theater experience on Roosevelt Island or gallery hop to any of the two dozen art exhibitions featuring Chinese artists going on.

Chinatown shop Wing On Wo & Co. and China Residencies have teamed up for the 店面 Residency which is welcoming applications through November 15 for an opportunity to use their space and facilities for projects that will be featured on their Mott Street storefront display for Chinese New Year.  Read more about the opportunity and apply here.

The post has been updated to include a second event from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and an event featuring a new project by artist Zhao Zhao.

Coming up:

November 18 – A symposium about diasporic Chinese artists of the mid-20th century who contributed to the international abstraction movement.

November 19 – A lecture about Chinese landscape painting that compares the Northern and Southern Schools.

November 22 – A talk with a journalist who was one of the first Americans in post-Mao China.

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) Dai’s Garden – The film profiles Chinese slow-food movement pioneer Dai Jiajun, a farm-to-table restauranteur whose philanthropic work is dedicated to bringing back vanishing traditional Chinese culture in an era of rapid urbanization and industrialization.

Dir. Ruohan Xu, 2016
35 min., China, United States
In English and Chinese

Friday, November 11, 1:45 PM
Screens as part of the New York University showcase
IFC Center

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2) Paris, Ni Hao: A Documentary – When Olivier and Rui joined their parents at the age of seven as undocumented immigrants in Paris, neither of them knew if they would ever belong to their new city. When Xue left China as a political refugee at the age of 40, he brought to Paris the taste of home with his frying pan. Their stories and those of other Chinese immigrants go quietly untold, even as awestruck tourists swarm the streets of Paris and academics study the city through multiple lenses.

Paris, Ni Hao, a 40-minute film by Sharon Deng, shares these stories for the first time, probing the lives of eight first and second-generation immigrants who must reinvent their identities and lifestyles to survive. Through the specificity of their experiences, the film takes an intimate look at immigration and elucidates the mixed emotions surrounding it.

Filmed in French and Chinese with English subtitles, Paris, Ni Hao reveals the resilience of the Chinese community in Paris. But it also underscores the universal complications of arriving without friends or family or even legal status in a distant and unfamiliar place. Like many of those it follows, the film looks ahead, documenting the rise of a new generation identifying with two cultures, speaking two languages, and coming to terms with their heritage while demanding acceptance and the right to pursue a better life.

Dir. Ruohan Xu, 2016
42 min., United States
In French, Chinese with English subtitles

Friday, November 11, 6 PM
Asian American / Asian Research Institute, CUNY, Room 1000 25 West 43rd Street

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3) The China Project Workshop – Independent scholar George Fan speaks about his project to reconstruct the Qianlong collection of archaic bronzes.

Friday, November 11, 6 PM
Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, 1 East 78th Street

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4) The Final Master 《 师父》 – This action-packed, bone-crunching movie is from the writer of Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster. On the eve of World War II, a Wing Chun master comes to Tianjin, considered the birthplace of martial arts in northern China, intending to open a school in honor of his late master. The local masters of the town’s eight martial arts schools, however, are openly opposed to his plan, so with no other recourse, Chen secretly challenges the masters to prove the power of his skills. But what Chen does not realize is that he is a pawn in the schools’ struggle for supreme dominance.

Friday, November 11, 7:30 PM
Museum of the Moving Image

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5) Artist Talk: Brother Nut 《坚果兄弟》- Meet the Chinese artist who made a thick brick out of Beijing’s polluted air.

Brother Nut will share his experiences about his recent projects. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Artist and poet Brother Nut, from Hubei, currently based in Shenzhen, China, became well known for his recent project “Dust Project”, in which he collected pollutants from Beijing’s air for 30 days and condensed them into a single brick. Along with his “Meaningless Inc.”, “Beijing Street Language”, “Bookstore for 30 days”, and several performance art pieces, Brother Nut represents rare and fresh voices on contemporary Chinese culture, making him the talk of Chinese and international art community.

More info from the NY Times

Friday, November 11, 8 PM
Anyway, Here’s the Thing, Studio 203, 200 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn

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6) Eastern Exposure: Dress and Textiles in China and Japan – This symposium brings together a distinguished group of scholars to examine continuity and innovation in dress and textiles in the evolving fashion industries of China and Japan.

See the list of speakers and the schedule here

Saturday, November 12, 2 PM
Einstein Auditorium, 34 Stuyvesant Street, NYU

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7) On The Move: The Central Ballet of China – This 1986 documentary follows a group of young Chinese dancers on their first visit to America as they attend dance workshops and make their debut performance in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Included are interviews with dancers and dance instructors, and masterclasses with Paul Taylor, Suki Schorer, and Alvin Ailey.

‘On the Move’ captures dance history-in-the-making as the Central Ballet of China makes its American premiere. As these spirited dancers travel to New York City, their magical performances re-define dance as an international language and a bridge between cultures. At the same time, the corps delights in its first experience with contemporary western dance.

Saturday, November 12, 2 PM
Chatham Square Library, 33 East Broadway

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8) The Road – As part of a $586 billion infrastructure development plan, the Chinese government begins building the massive Xu-Huai Highway. Director Zhang Zanbo provides an in-depth look at the impact of the corruption-filled project in rural Hunan province. Representing the subcontracted construction company, professional problem solver Mr. Meng must contend with the complaints of displaced locals and regional bureaucracy. Meanwhile, exploited laborers face dangerous working conditions and broken promises. When an inspector finds numerous violations, will the project’s future be threatened?

Official film site

Dir. Zhang Zanbo, 2015
95 min., China, Denmark
In Mandarin

Saturday,  November 12, 2:15 PM, NYC Premiere
IFC Center

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9) Eat Drink Man Woman 《饮食男女》– Ang Lee’s family fable about a master chef and his three daughters is the best movie ever made about how food can connect generations. The cooking scenes (rapturously shot by cinematographer Jon Lin) capture the magic and majesty of Taiwanese cuisine but it’s the quiet, world weary performance by Sihung Lung as the elder chef that makes this film a must.

Saturday, November 12, 5 PM
Metrograph, 7 Ludlow Street

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10) The Making of Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy – The show started with a question: Why is food so immensely important to Chinese people, especially those in America? Go behind the scenes with co-curators Audra Ang, Kian Lam Kho, Andrew Rebatta, and Herb Tam and hear how MOCA’s newest exhibition came together.

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Saturday, November 12, 6:30 PM
Museum of Chinese in America

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11) Please Remember Me 《我祇認識妳》– In this tender and sensitively observed portrait, octogenarians Feng and Lou have been inseparable for over 40 years, but aging and illness threaten their deep bond. Since Lou was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Feng has been her steadfast caretaker, but he’s growing increasingly worried about his own health. Is a nursing home the right solution, and how will Lou handle such a radical change to their living situation?

Official film site

Dir. Zhao Qing, 2015
78 min., China
In Shanghainese with English subtitles

Director Zhao Qing and producer Violet Du Feng will attend.

Screens with Travis LaBella’s Grandma Shirley.

Sunday, November 13, 1:45 PM
IFC Center

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12) Cityscape Immersive Theatre: A Stage Ai Presentation – Stage Ai presents a newly developed “immersive theatre” which transforms the streets of Roosevelt Island of New York to a theater stage. In this one-on-one performance, viewers serve the role of both audiences and participants. Produced and directed by emerging talent Zifei Wu, this production is a new exploration of the contemporary Chinese theater.

Founded by the first generation of students from Mainland China to study the integral approaches of philosophy, psychology and therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), stage Ai is a US and China based organization that offers programs based on a creative and integral approach to support the transformation of individuals, groups and organizations in the greater Chinese community both in China and abroad.

Sunday, November 13, 1 PM
Roosevelt Island Tram Station, 591 Main Street

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13) The Beekeeper and His Son 《养蜂人家》 – In a rural village in northern China, a father/son clash echoes the pull of tradition and modernization. When 20-year-old Maofu returns home after migrant city work, he tries to convince his aging beekeeping father Lao Yu to develop a brand for the family’s honey. Lao Yu instead insists his son first learn the cherished traditional apiary methods he’s practiced for 50 years. Diedie Weng captures their standoff with intimacy, artfulness and unexpected humor.

Official film site

Dir. Diedie Weng, 2016
81 min., Switzerland, Canada
In Chinese with English subtitles

Director Diedie Weng and producer Susanne Guggenberger will be in attendance.

Sunday, November 13, 7:15 PM, North American Premiere
Cinepolis Chelsea

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14) Emergency Room – If you fall ill in small-town China, chances are you’ll wind up in a hospital with overworked, underpaid doctors who conduct three-minute consults, carry pepper spray to work for protection from angry patients and are incentivized to help the rich over the poor.

Inquiries regarding the film can be sent to the filmmaker at siyi.chen.pku [at] gmail.com

Dir. Siyin Chen, 2016
31 min., China, United States
In Mandarin and Chinese dialects

Part of a shorts program with Maxim Pozdorovkin’s Clinica de Migrantes

Sunday, November 13, 9:55 PM, World Premiere
Cinepolis Chelsea

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15) SCREEN x ACAW: Project Taklamakan – SCREEN partners with Asia Contemporary Art Week to premiere the film by Zhao Zhao, the grandest work from the Chinese artist to date, Project Taklamakan in New York. The film screening will be followed by a discussion between the artists and critic Tom Looser and a reception.

About Project Taklamakan:

In October 2015, Zhao Zhao worked on Project Taklamakan in Xinjiang for 23 days. He and a thirty-strong team traveled 4,000 kilometers with a 100-kilometer-long 4 core cable and a refrigerator from Beijing to the town of Luntai on the north end of the Taklamakan Desert. Zhao Zhao negotiated with a rural Uighur family to connect their electricity after agreeing to pay a fee. Next, he followed the edges of the desert highway through a poplar forest, generally heading south. Using a refitted Pathfinder and 10 transformers, he laid the 100-kilometer cable in the desert until he reached the center of the Taklamakan Desert. The end of the cable was connected to a double-door refrigerator full of Sinkiang(Xinjiang)Beer, running the appliance for 24 hours in an expansive, uninhabited desert Seven days later, the 100-kilometer cable, the transformers, and the refrigerator were sent back to Beijing, where the cable was cut into precise 1.86 meter sections, based on the height of the refrigerator.

Photo from SCREEN

Photo from SCREEN

Monday, November 14, 6:30 PM
Artnet News, 233 Broadway

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16) Cultural Rev to Tiananmen Square: Madeleine Thien & Jiayang Fan – A rare New York appearance by novelist Madeleine Thien, whose ambitious novel of contemporary Chinese history–Do Not Say We Have Nothing (W.W. Norton 2016)–is a finalist for this year’s Man Booker Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award, Canada’s Highest Literary Prize. An epic, magisterial story, the ambitious, sweeping novel engages with two of the most violent moments in recent Chinese history: the Cultural Revolution and the Tiananmen Square protests. She’ll discuss the book with New Yorker staff writer Jiayang Fan, who complimented Thien’s “mastery” in writing a “powerfully expansive” novel spanning “seven decades and three generations” of Chinese history in a rave review in the New York Times.

Review by The Guardian.

Monday, November 14, 7 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 112 West 27th Street

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17) Jade Chang’s The Wangs vs. The World – The Asian American Writers Workshop and the Center for Fiction to co-present this book release party for Jade Chang’s explosive debut novel, The Wangs Vs The World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016).

Named one of the most anticipated titles by Barnes & Noble, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, and iBooks, The Wangs is both an “unendingly clever novel… about Asian-American identity” and “a sprawling family adventure compressed into a road trip novel” (New York Times Book Review, which named it an Editors’ Choice). The raucous, clever novel follows wealthy Chinese businessman Charles Wang who discovers he’s broke. What does he do next? Take a manic road trip across America with his wife and three ABC children. As Elle says: “With mischievous, Dickensian glee, Chang’s prose power-drives the appealingly dysfunctional family, now a disgrace to the wet dream of capitalism, through their postfall paces . . . Chang’s confident, broad-stroke, and go-for-broke style makes her fresh twist on the American immigrant saga of the woebegone Wangs one of 2016’s must-reads . . . You will laugh your ass off while learning a thing or two about buying into, and then having to bail on, the American dream.”

Monday, November 14, 7 PM
The Center for Fiction. 17 E 47 St
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18) CURATOR X CONSERVATOR: What We See When We See Art – Huayuan Salon welcomes the renowned professor, art conservator, and MoMA lecturer Corey D’Augustine in conversation with the Curator at Huayuan Art Rae Wang on art conservation. Come and meet fellow art professionals and art enthusiasts, and embrace this rare opportunity to hear an insider’s story about art conservation.

Join the reception after to share your ideas with art collectors, gallery owners, specialists from major auction houses, college professors, independent curators, influential artists in both traditional and contemporary areas, and other top-minds from their fields.

Monday, November 14, 7 PM
Lair East, 6th Fl, 424 Broadway

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19) Ho Tzu Nyen: Earth, Cloud, Tigers – A presentation by Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen that focuses on his work in film, video, and performance. Ho will introduce his past work as well as recent projects, characterized by the incessant tracking of motifs across both art history and history of his region, often interweaving them into hallucinatory tableaus (EARTH, 2009, The Cloud of Unknowing, 2011 and Ten Thousand Tigers, 2014).

In his work, Ho appropriates the structures of epic myths not only to invoke their grandeur but also to reveal these narratives as fiction – and reality – machines. They are not merely stories, but discursive processes. Ho is particularly concerned with those moments when the present imagines and invents the past in order to serve its own exigencies. These conditions are especially salient with regard to Singapore, established as an independent nation in 1965, whose culture is embedded with historical amnesia of the time before 19th-century British colonization.

Monday, November 14, 7 PM
Asia Art Archive in America, 43 Remsen Street, Brooklyn

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20) The Family and Demographic Revolutions in Taiwan – Professor Ying-Chang Chuang of Academia Sinica speaks in this lecture that is part of the Modern Taiwan lecture series at Columbia University.

Tuesday, November 15, 4:10 PM
Schermerhorn Hall, Room 963, Columbia University

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21) Finding Kukan Kukan (1941), one of the first documentaries honored with an Academy Award, was long considered lost. A chronicle of Chinese resistance to Japanese aggression, the project was credited to Rey Scott, an adventurer who had never before made a film. When Hawaiian filmmaker Robin Lung learns that a driving force behind Kukan was Li Ling-Ai, a Chinese-American Hawaiian woman all but erased from its history, she begins investigating the film and its mysterious production, leading to unanticipated discoveries.

Dir. Robin Lung, 2016
75 min., United States
In English and Mandarin

Tuesday, November 15, 5:30 PM
Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 West 23rd St.

Wednesday, November 16, 12:45 PM
IFC Center

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22) Live Show! Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen: Maya Lin – Join artist and designer Maya Lin in conversation with author and humorist Randy Cohen. This program will be a live-taping of Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen, an interview show based on this idea: people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers.

Wednesday, November 16, 6 PM
Museum Of Chinese In America

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23) Remembering the Future: Reflecting on the Legacy of Asia Society Museum’s Contemporary Art Exhibitions – This panel celebrates Asia Society’s longstanding commitment to contemporary Asian art by bringing together participants from Contemporary Art in Asia: Traditions/Tensions (1997) and Inside Out: New Chinese Art (1998) to discuss the legacy of these landmark exhibitions. Participants include Vishakha N. Desai, former President and CEO of Asia Society, who inaugurated the contemporary Asian art program during her tenure as Museum Director, artists Xu Bing and Arahmaiani, and moderator Michelle Yun, Asia Society’s Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
Live stream available here at the time of the event

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24) Composer Portraits: Lei Liang – As a student, Lei Liang attended class mere blocks from the Tiananmen Square protests; ever since, he has viewed art as a way to counteract violence and find freedom. His compositions pay homage to his Chinese culture while drawing on Western counterpoints. This Portrait, performed by several of Liang’s West Coast colleagues, explores opposing forces, bringing together light and dark, paradise and inferno.

Thursday, November 17, 8 PM
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, 2960 Broadway

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25) Li Daiguo / Che Chen & David Watson – Li Daiguo is one of the leading figures in China’s experimental and new music communities. Performing primarily on pipa and cello, but proficient in a dozen different instruments, he has worked as composer and performer extensively throughout China and internationally over the last ten years. Born in 1981 in Oklahoma to Chinese/Taiwanese parents, Daiguo has studied music since the age of 5, beginning with western classical music on violin and expanding to bluegrass, Chinese classical music, and double bass by the time he entered University. In 2004, Li relocated to mainland China, where he began to develop his unique compositional style, a blend of extended techniques for bowed and plucked instruments, often accompanied by his own throat-singing and beat-boxing. In 2008 he traveled to Zimbabwe to deepen his understanding of polyrhythms and began studying the Shona mbira (or “thumb-piano”). As a composer, he has been commissioned to score dance by the Guangzhou Modern Dance Company, Guangzhou Ballet Company, and Nobu Khan Malaysian Butoh Dance Festival, as well as by video artists such as Fang Lu, Tao Hui, and Serge Onnen. He has collaborated live and on record with trombonist Rick Parker, Buddha Machine creators FM3, Dickson Dee, and Sainkho Namtchylak among many others.

Che Chen is a musician and sound artist based in Brooklyn and Stony Brook, New York. For the most part a self-taught musician, Chen uses the guitar, violin, tape recorders and other musical and “non-musical” objects as a means to explore improvisation, folk forms, tuning and perceptual phenomena. Since 2012 Chen has been most active playing guitar in the band 75 Dollar Bill. While principally a duo with percussionist Rick Brown, 75 Dollar Bill’s modal, polyrhythmic music often manifests itself in expanded lineups varying in size from small ensemble to 25-piece marching band.

Listen to his music on his Bandcamp page.

David Watson is an experimental musician. Originally working with guitar, he began performing and composing for highland bagpipes in 1993, launching a new era in his career. Developing an experimental approach for bagpipes led him to projects with vocalists Shelley Hirsch and Makigami Koichi, The Afternoon Saints (a group project with Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay and Günter Muller) and Glacial, an ongoing trio with Ranaldo and Tony Buck. He has been commissioned to write experimental pieces for traditional pipe-bands, and Phill Niblock created the piece “Bag” using his sounds.

Pitting the sustained tones of their bagpipes and amplified violin against discreet gestures, silence, and noise, Watson and Chen’s strategic approach to improvisation emphasizes the scale, duration, and position of sounds in space.

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Thursday, November 17, 8 PM
Bridget Donahue, 2nd Floor, 99 Bowery

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26) Warren Lee at Carnegie Hall – Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music graduate performs works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Tan Dun, and his own composition.

Thursday, November 17, 8 PM
Carnegie Hall


ONGOING FILMS AND SHOWS

1) Iron Moon – An assembly line worker in an Apple factory who commits suicide at the young age of 24, leaving behind 200 poems of despair—“I swallowed an iron moon…”; a guileless lathe operator who is rebuffed at every turn, living in the world of his poetry; a female clothing factory worker who lives in poverty but writes poetry rich in dignity and love; a coalminer who works deep in the earth year round, trying to contact and make peace with the spirits of his dead coworkers through his poetry; and a goldmine demolitions worker who blasts rocks several kilometers into mountainsides to support his family, while writing poetry to carry the weight of his fury and affections—“My body carries three tons of dynamite….” They could be any of the 350 million workers in China, and yet these five are also poets. Using poetry as a tool to chip away at the ice of silence, they express the hidden life stories and experiences of people living at the bottom of the society. This is one story behind the sudden rise of China, and a mournful song of global capitalism.

Opens at Cinema Village November 11

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2) Mr. Donkey 《驴得水》 – From the same team that brought you Goodbye Mr. Loser comes the hilarious dark comedy Mr. Donkey, adapted from their play of the same name.  Set in a rural village in the early ’40s, where a group of idealistic academics run a school. To raise funds, the teachers trick the government into paying a salary to their local pack animal. When a bureaucrat arrives, the faculty scrambles to find someone who can pretend to be this “Mr. Donkey.” (LA Times)

The LA Times says:  “[T]he movie is deeply flawed but also fascinating. There’s a good story here, woven between the thudding jokes.”

At AMC Empire 25


CURRENT ART EXHIBITIONS

Opening and Newly Added:

1) Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant (Museum of Food and Drink Lab, 11/11 – 12/31) – The exhibition celebrates the birth and evolution of Chinese American cuisine, tracing its 170-year history and sparking conversation about food culture, immigration, and what it means to be American. Chow is a delicious dive into one of the country’s most beloved cuisines.

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2) Love Ai Jing (Marlborough Gallery, 11/16 – 12/30) –  Love Ai Jing will be the artist’s first exhibition with Marlborough Gallery, and her first major solo exhibition in New York. Born in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, the artist rose to prominence in the 1990s as a singer-songwriter. In 1999, she began her painting studies with contemporary artist Zhang Xiaogang, eventually devoting herself to visual art. It was in 2007 that the artist began to show her paintings. Ai Jing spent several years living in New York and working on the Love paintings. In this series, the artist creates the word “love” in thickly impastoed block letters in oils and oil stick on canvas. The almost sculptural surfaces in a wide variety of complex color schemes, invite prolonged reflection on the English letters as well as the concept of the “love” being depicted. The works are simultaneously expressive and rigorous, ebullient and strong. Although the pattern and theme are repeated, each canvas bears the flavor of its own universe. Far from merely a graphic representation of a word, the artist “dives into it and expands it, changing her languages to incorporate the characteristics of our times. 

Ai Jing, I Love Color, 2016.Oil & oil sticks on canvas, 50 x 42 centimeters. Courtesy of the artist and Marlborough Gallery.

Ai Jing, I Love Color, 2016.Oil & oil sticks on canvas, 50 x 42 centimeters. Courtesy of the artist and Marlborough Gallery.

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3) In Perspective: Lin Yan, Song Xin and Cui Fei (Chambers Fine Art, 11/17 – 1/28/2017) –  Born in China, Lin Yan, Song Xin and Cui Fei have lived in the United States for many years but for each of them the multiple cultural and artistic associations of their formative years in China are of fundamental importance, although viewed from different perspectives. Seen together the works of these distinctive artists are enriched by the complex patterns of similarities and dissimilarities that emerge in their response to thematic concerns and the diverse range of media in which they work.  

Note: The gallery has not yet updated its site with the exhibition.

Lin Yan, A Long Ride, 2013-2016, Ink, charcoal and paper collage on linen, 84 x 168 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Chambers Fine Art.

Lin Yan, A Long Ride, 2013-2016, Ink, charcoal and paper collage on linen, 84 x 168 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Chambers Fine Art.

Closing soon:

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

Wei Dong: Observer ( Klein Sun Gallery, 10/13 – 11/12)

Chou Chun Fai: Everything Comes With an Expiry Date (Klein Sun Gallery, 10/13 – 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)

Meredith Sands / Ziyang Wu (Nancy Margolis Gallery, 10/13 – 11/26) 

Interpreting Brooklyn (Residency Unlimited/El Museo de Los Sures , 10/27 – 11/27)

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Current shows:

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

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

Wei Dong: Observer (Klein Sun Gallery, 10/13 – 11/12)

Chou Chun Fai: Everything Comes With an Expiry Date (Klein Sun Gallery, 10/13 – 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)

Meredith Sands / Ziyang Wu (Nancy Margolis Gallery, 10/13 – 11/26) 

Interpreting Brooklyn (Residency Unlimited/El Museo de Los Sures , 10/27 – 11/27)

Liu Fei – Zipped (Museum Quality, 11/3 – 12/1)

Cross the Border ( Wook + Flavio Gallery, 11/6 – 12/3 )

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

Yang Mian (M. Sutherland Fine Arts, 11/3 – 12/??; public viewing 11/3 – 11/5; by appointment through December)

To Thomas Ruff: This Is How Digital Photos Getting Damaged (Gallery 456, 11/18 – 12/16)

Liu Wei (Lehmann Maupin, 11/2 – 12/17)

Liu Chang: Code is Beautiful ( Fou Gallery, 10/22 – 12/18)

Liu Bolin: Art Hacker (Klein Sun Gallery, 11/17 – 12/23)

Ai Weiwei 2016: Roots and Branches (Mary Boone Gallery, 11/5 – 12/23 )

Ai Weiwei 2016: Roots and Branches ( Lisson Gallery, 11/5 – 12/23 )

Ai Weiwei: Laundromat ( Deitch Projects – 18 Wooster St, 11/5 – 12/23 )

Love Ai Jing (Marlborough Gallery, 11/16 – 12/30)

Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant (11/11 – 12/31, Museum of Food and Drink Lab) 

Infinite Compassion: Avalokiteshvara in Asian Art (Staten Island Museum, 10/22 – unknown)

Project Mah Jongg (Museum of Jewish Heritage , 10/15/16 – Jan 2017)

Cheng Ran: Diary of a Madman (New Museum, 10/19 /2016 – 1/5/2017)

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki (Asia Society, 9/9/16 – 1/8/2017)

In Perspective: Lin Yan, Song Xin and Cui Fei (Chambers Fine Art, 11/17 – 1/28/2017)

Tales of Our Time 故事新编 (Guggenheim Museum, 11/4/16 – 3/10/17)

Art In a Time Of Chaos: Masterworks From Six Dynasties China, 3rd–6th Centuries (China Institute, 9/30/2016 – 3/19/2017)

Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America (Museum of Chinese in America, 10/6/2016- 3/26/2017) 

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

Show and Tell: Stories in Chinese Painting ( The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10/29/16 – 8/6/2017)

Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer, 14th – 19th Century (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6/25/16-10/9/2017)

From the Imperial Theater: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th Centuries (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6/25/16-10/9/2017)

Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6/25/16-10/9/2017)


Lead image: Banner for a performance by the West Lake Snake Show Troupe.  Top left: women bound by a python; Bottom left: fighting with poisonous snakes; Upper right: snake charming; Bottom right: sleeping with snakes; Bottom: Great show!  Come one, come all!  Photo takenby Flickr user kattebelletje in October 1983, licensed through Creative Commons.