NYC Chinese Cultural Events and Art Exhibitions: February 23 – March 1, 2018

Yilan County Mural

Apologies for our recent not posting earlier in the week and missing one or two weeks of posts.  The events calendar and the exhibitions calendar are kept up to date.  So you can always view the calendars directly or visit the Beyond Chinatown front page and see the listings on the right side.

This week: The Met Museum and Pearl River Mart Chelsea’s location hosts Lunar New Year events; the famous Chinatown Lunar New Year parade; Wang Bing’s film on an Alzheimer’s patient; five Chinese language movies at AMC Empire 25, including the record-breaking blockbusters; and four new exhibition listings, including an exhibition where artists use red envelopes as canvases; and more…

Additionally, through March 2, Yunnan rice noodle specialist restaurant Little Tong Noodle Shop is offering a special dish themed for each day of the 15-day holiday created by chef and founder Simone Tong.  Preview the menu below and read more about the dishes here.

It’s Chinese New Year’s Eve, and we’re kicking off our 16 days of specials throughout the two weeks of Lunar New Year Celebrations. Every day of Chinese New Year celebrations pays homage to a specific entity. With that in mind, we’ve designed a menu with a new dish every day as a nod to that celebration. According to Chinese astrology, 2018 is a very good year financially, but a little difficult from a health perspective. In the year of the dog, all zodiac signs will want to pay special attention to their health, so now is the ideal time to start eating eating right and kicking bad habits — starting with two weeks of wholesome, hometown-inspired Chinese New Year dishes. Come ring in the year of the Earth Dog with us! Link to full menu in bio. #chinesenewyear #lunarnewyear #nyceats #chinese #cny #lny #happynewyear #eastvillage #恭喜发财 #新年快乐 #万事如意

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Our weekly listing now includes open calls and other opportunities for artists, filmmakers, and others involved with Chinese culture in this intro section.

41st Asian American International Film Festival – Asian Cinevision is accepting entries for the 41st Asian American International Film Festival to be held July 25 – August 4, 2018 in New York.  The festival the longest running and, with over 100 features and shorts, largest Asian/Asian American film festival.

Extended Deadline: March 16, 2018
Work-in-Progress Deadline: April 6, 2018

Sixth Tone Fellowship – The English-language news website is partnering with the Fudan Development Institute to support eight young scholars for a six week research trip to conduct fieldwork.  This year’s topic is “Technological Innovation and Rural China” which asks “How can China use technology and innovative thinking to change the impoverished appearance of its vast countryside, improve the lives of its rural population, and close the gap between urban and rural areas?” Deadline: March 1, 2018

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.

We post frequently on our Facebook page.  So check the page for links we share and get a heads up on events before we include them in these weekly posts.  For art, images, and other instances of Chineseness we see, follow us on Instagram.

We’re looking for contributors!  If you’re interested in writing an article, contributing photos or artwork to be featured with our weekly events and exhibitions listing, letting us know about an event, send a pitch at beyondchinatown@gmail.com.


UPCOMING EVENTS

1) Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Dog at the Met Museum – Performances, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages.

Saturday, February 24, 11 AM – 5 PM
Metropolitan Museum of Art

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2) Tea Tasting and Imperial Magic and Puppet Show – Pearl River Mart at Chelsea Market hosts two events for Lunar New Year:

1 – 3 Tea Tasting — Sample some exquisite, single estate tea from the Silver Needle Tea Company, a tea purveyor in NYC.

3 – 4  Magic and Puppet Show — Be dazzled by Grace “GeGe” Chang, internationally acclaimed magician, puppeteer, and storyteller. The performer and writer was the ringmaster and star illusionist the Chinese equivalent of Cirque du Soleil.

Saturday, February 24, 1  – 4 PM
Pearl River Mart at Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave.

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3) The History of Shanghai and the Major Exhibitions held at the Shanghai Museum – A cosmopolitan city dating back 6,000 years, Shanghai is a major financial, trading and cultural center in China. At this lecture, Mr. Chen Xiejun, former President of the Shanghai Museum and Chief Planner of the 2010 Shanghai Expo, will sketch for the audience the history and development of Shanghai and the major national and international exhibitions held at the Shanghai Museum.

This lecture will be conducted in Chinese, with no interpretation.  RSVP requested.

Saturday, February 24, 3 PM
China Institute

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4) 店面 Residency: Make & Film Shadow Puppets – Join Wing On Wo & Co. for the final set of workshops to make your own shadow puppets, props, and short films for the W.O.W. Shadow Puppet Theater with 店面 Artist-in-Residence Emily Mock.

Free open to all ages, the workshops will be taught in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. The studio space fits around 10 people, so workshops will be on a first come first serve basis.

Shadow Puppet Theater workshops are centered around Chinatown and themes of sweeping out evil, building home and safety, and overcoming in 2018. This workshop series is part of the W.O.W. Project 店面 Residency with Artist–in–Residence, Emily Mock. Work created from these workshops will be incorporated into the month–long window display at the W.O.W. storefront which opened on February 13, 2018 and ends on March 16, 2018.

Saturday, February 24, 5 – 8 PM
Sunday, February 25, 3 – 8 PM
Wing On Wo & Co., 26 Mott Street

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5) The Either – Electro-rock band The Either, whose members play the electric erhu and electric pipa (or e-pa” along with other modern synths, will debut a new song “Constant Scream”.

Saturday, February 24, 10 PM
The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street

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6) 19th Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival – Perhaps the best known Lunar New Year event in the city.

Parade route: Mott & Canal to Chatham Square to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, completing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Parade route

Sunday, February 25, 1 PM
Chinatown

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7) Mrs. Fang 《方繡英》– “Wang Bing’s latest documentary trains its camera very tightly on the face of a bedridden elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer’s in a small rural Chinese village. For a while, it seems as though Mrs. Fang is content to use the camera as a tool to unflinchingly record a human being close to her final breath. Yet Wang Bing is after something completely different, as the filmmaker goes into different territory, somehow more and less tangible than a portrait of dying.” —Michael Koresky, Toronto Film Festival 2017 online coverage

Dir. Wang Bing
2017, China, 86 min.
Mandarin with English subtitles

Sunday, February 25, 9:30 PM
Walter Reade Theater, 165 W 65th St.

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8) Year of the Dog Reading and Signing Event – Author Henry Chang celebrates the 10th anniversary of Year of the Dog, the second book in his Detective Jack Yu series with a reading and a signing.

Tuesday, February 27, 6 PM
Hwa Yuan Szechuan, 42 E Broadway


ONGOING FILMS, SHOWS, AND EVENTS

1) Detective Chinatown 2 《唐人街探案》– A follow up to the Chinese hit “Detective Chinatown,” the new film reunites writer/director Chen Sicheng and stars Wang Baoqiang and Liu Haoran, who reprise their roles as detectives Tang Ren and Qin Feng, respectively. When the case of New York Chinatown godfather Uncle Qi’s missing son turns into a murder investigation, the detective duo Tang and Qin team up again to hunt down the killer—this time with some help from the International Detective Alliance. The main cast also includes Xiao Yang, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Michael Pitt and Japanese star Tsumabuki Satoshi.

At AMC Empire 25

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2) Agent Mr. Chan <棟篤特工> After a mission failure resulting in a 20 year banishment, agent Chan (Dayo Wong) is reluctantly hired back to take on the mysterious case of the Cyber Goddess. Forced to go undercover as the complete opposite of his suave and debonair self, he’s on a mission to prove he’s ready to take back his position as the world’s top secret agent.

At AMC Empire 25

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3) Operation Red Sea 《 紅海行動 – Famed action director Dante Lam returns with this explosive follow-up to his 2016 box office smash Operation Mekong. When a terrorist plot to obtain nuclear materials is hidden under the cover of a violent coup, only the Chinese Navyas elite Jiaolong Assault Team have the deadly skill and precision needed to take on the situation.

At AMC Empire 25

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4) The Monkey King 3 《西遊記女兒國》– The third installment of the blockbuster fantasy series sees the return of the Monkey King (Aaron Kwok) in his most action-packed adventure yet! While continuing their epic journey to the West, the Monkey King and his companions are taken captive by the Queen of an all-female land, who believes them to be part of an ancient prophecy heralding the fall of her kingdom. With a lot of sorcery and a little bit of charm, the travelers devise a plan to escape. But when their trickery angers the mighty River God, they realize they might just bring about the foretold destruction – unless they can find a way to quell her wrath.

At AMC Empire 25

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5) Monster Hunt 2 《捉妖記2》– The story continues with Wuba after he parts way with his human parents Tian (Jing Boran) and Lan (Bai Baihe) for his own journey. Peace has not been restored in the monster world after the death of the evil monster king as a sinister lord has ascended and seized the throne. A heavy bounty is placed on Wuba dead or alive, forcing him to go into hiding again. He encounters an ill-famed gambler Tu (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) who’s deep in debt and seemingly up to no good. Together, they form a reluctant alliance in order to escape from their predicament.

At AMC Empire 25


ART EXHIBITIONS

Group Shows and Local Artists:

Wang Xu is one of the artists at The 2017 Socrates Annual (Oct 1, 2017 – March 11, 2018). The Socrates Annual – formerly known as The Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition – is an annual exhibition of new public art that addresses the most urgent issues of today.

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Opening and Newly Listed:

1) Liu Shiyuan: Isolated Above, Connected Down (Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 2/22 – 4/7) – The first major solo exhibition in the US for the Chinese new media artist features her latest works, including a large-scale video installation in the first floor gallery, a series of six photography works in the second floor main gallery and a felt-carpeted room installation in the project space. Together these pieces demonstrate Liu’s core visual vocabulary—which references that of the cyber and the vernacular—and embody her inquiry into the relationship between mass culture, language, identity, and particularly the misconception, miscommunication and hybridization of meaning and discourse.

Read more at the exhibition page.

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2) Red Envelope Show (Grumpy Bert, 2/23 – 3/11) – The art show features hundreds of original art on red envelopes by over 150 artists. Each envelope is also packed with a mystery surprise for only the buyers to see.

The show is not only an opportunity to check out amazing pieces of art, it’s also a great opportunity to purchase affordable original art with most pieces under $100.

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3) Wang Dongling: Poetry and Painting (Chambers Fine Art, 2/25 – 4/14) – Wang Dongling (b. 1945 in Rudong, Jiangsu Province) is currently Director of the Modern Calligraphy Study Center at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China and is one of China’s foremost living calligraphers. “Zhejiang,” Wang has commented ,”is a wonderful land where profound inheritance of traditional culture and the long history of Confucianism and Taoism have made it the most fertile soil for the art of calligraphy.”

Read more at the exhibition page.

Wang Dongling – ‘Lao Tseu – The Tao Can Be Told’, 2018. Ink on Xuan paper, 30 x 22 in (76 x 56.5 cm)

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4) Li Wei: Impossible is Not an Option (Galerie Richard, 2/7 – 3/11) – Writing about his work in 2008 Wang Chunchen, from China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, said ”Li Wei is one of the most influential contemporary artists of China and he has focused on his idiosyncratic performance since 1999.”

Galerie Richard presents ten selected photo-performances Li Wei has staged between 2000 and 2012 in China and worldwide. They attest the variety and the universalism of his subjects and his exceptional creativity beyond limits. Li Wei’s art is made for New York City, the city of Batman and Spiderman, a city for competitors that go further than anybody else to make the difference. Like Leonardo da Vinci who invented a flying machine for humans, Li Wei works deal with the concept of escaping physical gravity. They can be frightening like the feeling of falling (Icarus) and the feeling of vertigo. They can be liberating with the pleasant feeling to fly. His photographs can be humorous with a reverse gravity pushing you up. They open you to all possibilities like running on the sea or standing on a cloud like gods and saints in religious paintings. The show displays some of his first works representing the artist’s head floating in space. Two of them relate a relationship between him and a young woman.

Li Wei – ‘On the Surface on the Earth’, 2002. C-print mounted on aluminum
69 5/16 x 71 1/4 inches, 176 x 181 cm, Ed. 3/8
38 7/8 x 39 3/8 inches, 98,7 x 100 cm, Ed. 3/10

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Closing soon:

Jizi: Journey of the Spirit (WhiteBox, 1/17 – 2/24)

Dyspepsia: A techno-existential intrusion into the human body (Areté Venue and Gallery, 2/15 – 2/28)

Art Across Archives (384 Broadway, 2/17 – 3/31)

The Fuck Off Generation: Chinese Art in the Post-Mao Era, Part 1 (Ethan Cohen Gallery, 1/31 – ??)

Joyce Yu-Jean Lee – State of the DysUnion (New Jersey City University Galleries, 1/25 – 3/1)

Qiu Anxiong – Of Mountains and Sea (Boers-Li Gallery, 1/28 – 3/3)

Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2009 – 2017 (Queens Museum, 9/17/17 – 3/4/18)

Figurative Diaspora (New York Academy of Art, 1/16 – 3/4)

Current shows:

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

Jizi: Journey of the Spirit (WhiteBox, 1/17 – 2/24)

Dyspepsia: A techno-existential intrusion into the human body (Areté Venue and Gallery, 2/15 – 2/28)

Selected works from AAAC Archive and Permanent Collection (384 Broadway, 1/8 – March)

The Fuck Off Generation: Chinese Art in the Post-Mao Era, Part 1 (Ethan Cohen Gallery, 1/31 – ??)

Joyce Yu-Jean Lee – State of the DysUnion (New Jersey City University Galleries, 1/25 – 3/1)

Qiu Anxiong – Of Mountains and Sea (Boers-Li Gallery, 1/28 – 3/3)

Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2009 – 2017 (Queens Museum, 9/17/17 – 3/4/18)

Figurative Diaspora (New York Academy of Art, 1/16 – 3/4)

The Unscene (Klein Sun Gallery, 2/1 – 3/11)

Red Envelope Show (Grumpy Bert, 2/23 – 3/11)

Li Wei: Impossible is Not an Option (Galerie Richard, 2/7 – 3/11)

The Costume Art of Imperial Peking Opera (Flushing Town Hall, 2/17 – 3/11)

FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures (Museum of Chinese in America, 10/5 /17 – 3/25/18)

In Focus: An Assembly of Gods (Asia Society Museum, 9/26/17 – 3/25/18)

Zhang Engli – The Garden (Hauser & Wirth, 1/25 – 4/7)

Liu Shiyuan: Isolated Above, Connected Down (Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 2/22 – 4/7)

Wang Dongling: Poetry and Painting (Chambers Fine Art, 2/25 – 4/14)

Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong: Constellation (Seward Park, June 2017 – June 2018)

Spirited Creatures: Animal Representations in Chinese Silk and Lacquer (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10/21/17 – 7/22/18)

Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8/26/17 – 1/9/19)


Lead image: Mural in Yilan, Taiwan