NYC Chinese Cultural Events and Art Exhibitions: March 24 – March 30, 2017


This week: A Chinatown-noir author; an art teacher active during the Cultural Revolution; an exhibition by a Chinese-American artist active in the 1960s; and more…

Coming up:

April 1 – Opening of Chen Dongfan’s You Know My Name, Not My Story at Fou Gallery.

April 3 – Major international loan exhibition Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220) opens at The Metropolitan Museum 

April 5 – Nanfu Wang’s daring documentary about activist Ye Haiyan, aka “Hooligan Sparrow” screens at BAM.

April 13 – Ian Johnson talks about his new book about China’s spiritual revival.

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) Lucky – Join local author Henry Chang at MOCA for a reading and discussion of his latest novel, Lucky.

Friday, March 24, 6:30
Museum of Chinese in America


2) 2046 – The sort-of sequel to Wong’s Days of Being Wild and In the Mood for Love centers on Tony Leung Chiu-wai’s science-fiction writer Chow, chronicling his aimless affairs with women (including Faye Wong, Zhang Ziyi, and Gong Li) after Mrs. Chen has disappeared from his life, the narrative shuttling between Hong Kong in the early ‘60s and the dystopian, heartsick future of Chow’s imagination, just past the end of the “One Country, Two Systems” period.

2046 screens as part of the series: The Singularity

Friday, March 24, 9:30 PM
Saturday, March 25, 9:30 PM
Metrograph, 7 Ludlow Street


3) Theater, Art, and the Cultural Revolution: A Presentation and Conversation featuring Zheng Shengtian – Beginning in 1966, China’s Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution was a mass movement that shook the foundations of Modern China to its core. The movement’s ubiquitous presence deeply disrupted all aspects of Chinese society, and has had a lasting impact on Chinese culture that is still present today.

Artist, Curator, and Managing Editor of Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Zheng Shengtian, returns to China Institute to continue his conversation with Jane DeBevoise, Chair of the Board of Directors, Asia Art Archive, on his experience as an artist and young teacher in the Oil Painting Department at Zhejiang Academy of Art in Hangzhou (now China Academy of Art) during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Their conversation will focus on Zheng’s personal experience at that turbulent time, as well as the broader consequences of the Cultural Revolution on art in China.

The discussion will be preceded by a presentation on research done by Chen Xiaomei, Professor of Chinese Literature at University of California, Davis, on film and theater during the Cultural Revolution period. The presentation will include a screening of clips from a filmed theater performance of The Red Detachment of Women.

Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 PM
China Institute


4) Heroes of History: Legacy of My Chinese Family – Golden Globe Award, Emmy Award, and Drama Desk Award nominee Tina Chen’s great-grandfather served under three emperors and one empress in the Qing dynasty. Her grandfather became the first Premier of the first Republic of China, and her mother, after fleeing to Taiwan during the war, took on secret work that she had to hide from her husband. Join MOCA in uncovering three generations of Tina’s family legacy and their contributions to the history of China.

Thursday, March 30, 6:45 PM
Museum of Chinese in America


1) Tea Drunk at The Met – The Metropolitan Museum of Art and East Village tea shop host a new sit-down café with a Chinese tea house theme.

This three-month pop-up café is located on the second-floor balcony overlooking the Museum’s majestic Great Hall, with its soaring domes supported by colossal limestone arches and piers. This new café serves a selection of authentic Chinese teas harvested from renowned tea-growing mountains in China, as well as small plates featuring light delicacies. Surrounded by antique Asian ceramics in long wall cases, the café offers guests an opportunity to experience a tea-drinking culture that emerged in medieval China around the eighth century and continues to the present day.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 AM. to 4:30 PM; Friday and Saturday, 10 AM to 3:30 PM.

2nd Floor balcony of the Great Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through June


Opening and Newly Added:

1) Ku Fu-sheng: Life is Like a Dream (浮生若夢:顧福生回顧畫展) (Gallery 456, 3/24 – 4/7) – Ku Fu-sheng was born in Shanghai, China in 1934, and his family moved to Taiwan in 1948 with his father, General Ku Chu-tung. After completing his formal art education at National Taiwan Normal University in 1958, he was then invited and joined the Fifth Moon Group which was in its second year. This marked the true beginning of his artistic development in Taiwan. The Fifth Moon Group was full of vitality and vigor, and sparked off a revolutionary movement among artists in Taiwan to break away from tradition. One of the objectives of these young artists was working to develop Chinese modern art and let nothing discourage them. He went to Paris in 1961 where he studied and painted for eighteen months. From Paris he went to New York where he studied at the well-known Art Students League from 1963 to 1965. After leaving New York, he has lived in Chicago, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. In 2008 he moved to Rancho Cucamonga, California where he has remained living a somewhat reclusive lifestyle up to the present. He calls this the freest period of his life, a time when he has been able to paint to his heart’s content. This exhibition at Gallery 456 will showcase works since the 60s; his experience in New York in the 60s makes this show a rather special occasion.

Ku Fu-Sheng, Sunset, 1999
Oil on canvas
19 7/10 × 14 1/5 in


2) The Narrative of Lines (Cloud Gallery, 3/25 – 4/1) – Poché Arts Initiative is pleased to present The Narrative of Lines – An Idiosyncratic Spatial Paradigm by Sijie Chen and Chenglong Zhao at Cloud Gallery. Sijie Chen and Chenglong Zhao were friends and colleagues at the same architectural firm in New York from 2015 to 2016, where they worked collaboratively on projects at the firm, but in their own practice, the two architects found themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum of drawing representations. Sijie’s hand drawings are exquisite, perceptual and feministic, while Chenglong’s computer drawings are rational and analytical. The juxtaposition of these two architects brought contrasting dynamics to the exhibition but their works share an almost hidden common themes: architecture is a social construct and architectural forms are translations of human interactions, from the personal level to the societal level of governing.

Sijie Chen, Phantom Theater, 2014, 22″x30″


Closing soon:

Construction and Contemplation: Noa Charuvi, Li Gang (Art100 Gallery, 2/16 – 3/31)

Ho Sintung: Surfaced (Chambers Fine Arts, 2/2 – 4/1)

The Narrative of Lines (Cloud Gallery, 3/25 – 4/1)

Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant (Museum of Food and Drink Lab, 11/11/16 – 4/2/17)


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.

Construction and Contemplation: Noa Charuvi, Li Gang (Art100 Gallery, 2/16 – 3/31)

The Narrative of Lines (Cloud Gallery, 3/25 – 4/1)

Ho Sintung: Surfaced (Chambers Fine Arts, 2/2 – 4/1)

Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant (Museum of Food and Drink Lab, 11/11/16 – 4/2/17)

Ming-Jer Kuo: Suburban Form (Chashama, 3/23 – 4/5)

Ku Fu-sheng: Life is Like a Dream (Gallery 456, 3/24 – 4/7)

Shen Wei: Between Blossoms (Flower Gallery, 3/2 – 4/22)

Considerate Creations: Chameleons (Taipei Cultural Center, 3/17 – 4/28)

Shen Shaomin: Keep Upright (Klein Sun Gallery, 3/6 – 4/29)

Red Attack (Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, 2/25 – 4/29)

REWOVEN: Innovative Fiber Art (QCC Art Gallery CUNY, 3/16 -6/20) 

Celebrating the Year of the Rooster (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1/25 – 7/4)

Infinite Compassion: Avalokiteshvara in Asian Art (Staten Island Museum, 10/22/16 – 9/25/17)

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 – 8/6/17)

Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America (Museum of Chinese in America, 10/6/2016- 9/10/17) 

Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer, 14th – 19th Century (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6/25/16 -10/9/17)

From the Imperial Theater: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th Centuries (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6/25/16 – 10/9/17)

Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6/25/16 – 10/9/17)

Lead image: Construction site of the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong