NYC Chinese Cultural Events and Art Exhibitions: June 22 – 28, 2018

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This week: A documentary about Hawaii’s Chinese population; Taiwanese films and plays relating to LGBTQ themes; Cantopop karaoke with a live band; talks about collecting objects that reflect US-Sino relations, poetry of Chinese detainees at Angel Island; a film by a Singaporean Chinese; Asian American International Film Festival’s Launch Party; Yangtze Repertory Theatre’s timely commentary on the American empire in Romulus the Great; basketball meets the Cultural Revolution in the well-reviewed play, The Great Leap; solo exhibition by the creator of the Marry Me for Chinese Citizenship tote bag; and more…

Coming up:

June 29 – Think!Chinatown’s Summer Moon Party

June 29 – July 15 – New York Asian Film Festival

June 30 – The Either Touch of Scarlet concert

July 7 – Taiwanese Waves music festival with Soft Lipa, Sheng Xiang, and Elephant Gym

July 13 – MOCA Music + Mic Night

CONTEST TO WIN VIP TICKETS TO THINK!CHINATOWN’S SUMMER MOON PARTY!

Step 1) Let everyone know you are GOING to the “Summer Moon Party – Think!Chinatown Benefit Party” on the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/111634899680479/

Step 2) Finish this sentence in a post on the event page. “I love Chinatown because…” and tag a friend you want to bring to the party!

Prize for best post: VIP tickets for you and your friend to the T!C Summer Moon Party

Winner will be announced Fri, June 22 before midnight.

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

1) MOCA Music + Mic Night – Musicians and comedians are invited to perform at the Museum of Chinese in America’s second showcase of local talent on July 13.   To share your original work, sing or play covers, and/or try out new acts in stand-up comedy, email MOCAmic@mocanyc.org.  Provide your name, email & phone number, performance link, and a short summary about yourself / your group. Submission is first come, first served.

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2) Lotus Lee Foundation Travel Fellowship – Through the Travel Fellowship, Lotus Lee Foundation hopes to stimulate an in-depth discussion on the future development of the theater and performing arts industry. The fellowship aim to encourage students and young professionals to exam this topic from different perspectives including business model, the market expands, art & technology integration, investment, cross-cultural communication, etc.

The fellowship will provide its recipients an opportunity to explore the theater industry in Shanghai, China; to broaden their experience and knowledge on the cultural exchange; to deepen their insights on the future of international performing arts field.

Submission deadline: August 28, 2018

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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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'Lick It" is one of the four fun physical-digital interface games at the carnival-style Chewing Monster at 184 Allen Street in the LES from June 14 – 24, 2018. Created by Chewing Theory (@chewingtheory) in collaboration with Cloud Gallery (@cloudgallerynyc), the brand’s initial project explores intercultural, intergroup, intermedia, and “interspecies” communication in the post-human era from within the imagined context of an “organic monster farm,” where a mother monster called “Chewy” with self-regenerative ability indwells and produces cognition-enhancing edibles from the visitor’s input of digitalized human behavioral and emotional data. The exhibition brings together innovative ideas from the worlds of art, design, digital programming, gaming, and dining, showcasing to visitors an alluring world of intense visual, cerebral, and sensory pleasures. _ #chewingmonster #chewingtheory #carnival #carnivalgame #digitalgame #game #arcadegame #chineseartist #interactive #icecream #chinesecreatives

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UPCOMING EVENTS

1) Pushing Hands 《推手》– Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee made his directorial debut in this drama about Mr. Chu, a widowed tai-chi master, who moves from Beijing to New York to reunite with his son. Lee captures the struggles that come with adjusting to a new life and a new culture.

Dir. Ang Lee
1991, Taiwan, 105 min.
Mandarin with English subtitles

Friday, June 22, 8 PM
Columbus Park, Mulberry Street &, Baxter Street

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2) Light of the Century : Panel Discussion on Ink Art and Science (no link) – A panel discussion organized by Xu Yufu, director of the Tianbao Art Center in Taiwan explores the idea of how science can be applied to art.

Panelists include:

Zhuang Qingguang (Professor of Taiwan University – Taiwan)
Zhang Zhaohui (Internationally renowned contemporary artist – Beijing)
Robert C. Morgan (art critic, art historian – United States)
Richard Vine (senior editor of Art in America)
Richard Wain (senior editor, American Art)
Zhang Pingjie (art critic, independent curator – Shanghai)

Moderator: Jiang Qigu (Director, Asian Art Museum, Chicago – United States)

在這科學與藝術都高速發展的21世紀,全球掀起一股探究科學與藝術新關係的熱潮,科技業受到藝術的啟發,大量地引入藝術元素,藝術家則大量運用新科技媒材,並邀請科學家共同創作,對於新媒體的運用亦達到極致。

在這股熱潮中,臺灣天寶藝術中心負責人 許玉富發出邀請,集結頂尖科學家運用科學方程式組成一把密鑰,希望讓人們能夠走進高端藝術的殿堂。

今年2月23日天寶藝術中心在臺灣舉辦-世紀之光-科學與藝術論談,邀請科學界泰斗,台灣大學教授 莊晴光博士以其研究光波40年的專業,解構水墨畫家 張朝輝的畫作。在他的闡述中,五彩繽紛的蝴蝶在顯微鏡下是黑白的,以此對照黑白的水墨畫,經過週期結構的變化及光波的折射後是否也是五彩繽紛。進而探討張朝暉作品中隱藏著來自大自然的週期結構的改變,並期待從張朝暉黑白作品中看到五彩繽紛的色彩。這樣的創舉引來正反雙方的不同看法,正方說:這給藝術家及藝評家一個新空間及新方向,反方則説科學家的觀點不可代表藝術的本質。

於是許玉富策畫在藝術之都紐約舉辦發佈會,特別邀請羅勃特 摩根(藝術史學家)理察德.瓦恩(藝術雜誌主編),蔣奇谷(艺加哥亞洲藝術舘舘長)及張平杰(藝術史學家)四位國際知名藝術評論家與主講者莊晴光博士對談,這將是一場以科學評論藝術的精彩好戲。知名當代水墨藝術家 藝評界稱為「世紀之光」的張朝暉,以藝術創作者的身份談論其創作經歷過程,並攜來多幅光系列代表作,展現黑白水墨畫的魅力。

Saturday, June 23, 10:30 AM
Bennett Media Studio, 723 Washington Street

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3) Zheng Junli, His Life and Works – Zheng Junli (1911-1969) was a Chinese actor and director born in Shanghai and rose to prominence in the golden age of the Chinese Cinema. His films, The Spring River Flows East and Crows and Sparrows are widely considered classics of the Chinese cinema. Mr. Zheng Dali, son of Zheng Junli and himself a movie director, will discuss his father’s life and works with illustrations of rare photos and clips from his father’s films.

The lecture will be conducted in Chinese with no interpretation.

Saturday, June 23, 3 PM
China Institute

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4) Across the Span: Taiwanese in the United States – A concert of all Taiwanese music, written and rearranged by Taiwanese composers.

Saturday, June 23, 4 PM
Taiwan Center Association, 137-44 Northern Blvd, Flushing

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5) WOW 2 Year Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser – Join for an evening of festivities in celebration of the W.O.W. Project’s 2 Year Anniversary! Drawing inspiration from a year of growth and regeneration, the evening will include:

  • W.O.W. Artist Market (ft. Chinatown Art Brigade 唐人街藝術隊/ 唐人街艺术队, Christal Sih, Clara Lu, Emily Mock, Jia Sung, Vincent Chong and W.O.W.’s very own limited edition designs by Juliet Philips!)
  • Performances (ft. Clara Lu, Ja Wangpasuk, Judy Lei, Margaret Yuen, Reonda, and more)
  • Food & Drink from Chinatown local businesses: Oriental Garden Restaurant, Kopitiam and Lucky King Bakery

Saturday, June 23, 7 PM
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street

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6) Gone with the Wind – A first-time Chinese opera adaptation of the novel Gone with the Wind by American writer Margaret Mitchell from the Tong Xiao Ling Chinese Opera Ensemble

Sunday, June 24, 2 PM
Schimmel Center, 3 Spruce Street

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7) Finding Sandalwood Mountain – The film profiles the lives of many people that you may have heard about in Hawaii history. People like Chun Ah Fong, Sun Yat Sen and Senator Hiram Fong. But more importantly, the film reveals the unique aspects of Hawaii’s Chinese population and how they literally changed both Hawaii and China.

View the trailer: http://www.sandalwoodfilm.com/trailer.php

Sunday, June 24, 3 PM
21 Pell Street

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8) Have Sword, Will Travel #7: Vengeance of a Snow Girl 《冰天俠女》/ Lady Snowblood – Lo Wei’s rarely screened Vengeance of a Snow Girl, a hard-hitting and strangely poignant tale of a frostbitten swordswoman out to avenge her parents is widely considered to be his masterpiece, is part of a double feature with the classic Lady Snowblood.

Sunday, June 24, 7 PM
Quad Cinema, 34 W 13th Street

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9) Shirkers – In 1992, Sandi Tan was a film-obsessed teenage punk when she and her two best friends made a New Wave-inspired movie, shot guerrilla style on the streets of Singapore. Then Georges, her enigmatic American mentor, absconded with the footage, never to be seen again. Twenty-five years later, Tan revisits the episode, interweaving the newly rediscovered footage with her search for answers: Who was Georges? And what drove him to steal her art? Working in a charmingly lo-fi, handmade-collage style, Tan turns the central mystery of her life into a captivating essay on friendship, cinephilia, and the dashed dreams of youth.

Followed by Q&A with Director Sandi Tan

IndieWire says the film “has the handmade delicacy of a scrapbook come to life”

Monday, June 25, 7 PM
BAM, 30 Lafayette Street, Brooklyn

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10) Pride Voices: New Plays from Taiwan with leading contemporary playwrights Li-Ying Chien and Pao-Chang Tsai – The evening will feature excerpted readings from The Possible Memoirs of a Traitor by Li-Ying Chien (directed by Knud Adams) and Solo Date by Pao-Chang Tsai (directed and performed by Tsai; dramaturgy by Soriya Chum). Followed by a panel discussion with the playwrights Li-Ying Chien and Pao-Chang Tsai, director Knud Adams, dramaturg Soriya Chum, James Wilson (Professor of Theatre, The Graduate Center), Yu-Yun Hsieh (Comparative Literature scholar, The Graduate Center), and Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li (Director). Moderated by Frank Hentschker.

Through their plays and stage works Chien and Tsai have reinvigorated the Taiwanese theatre-scape. Blending new media, real-life event, and various performative techniques, their highly political and engaged works give voice to an emerging cultural movement in Taiwan. As established queer artists, their creative processes and cultural productions also shed light on the struggles and achievements of the LGBTQ community in Taiwan and Asia today.

Based on a comprehensive field study of the LGBTQ movement, HIV/AIDS medical treatment, and family and religious issues in Taiwanese society, Li-Ying Chien’s The Possible Memoirs of a Traitor (2017) uncovers stories from a Taipei gay shelter in the 90’s. Pao-Chang Tsai’s Solo Date (2016) takes place in the 2030’s. Using traditional Taiwanese ritual and AI technology, a man reaches back in time in search of his deceased lover. But after hacking the lover’s computer and reading their messages, new truths come to light.

Co-curated by Yu Chien Liu (Martin E. Segal Theatre Center) and Chi-Ping Yen (Taipei Cultural Center in New York), with support from Ministry of Culture, Taiwan and Taipei Cultural Center in New York.

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Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 PM
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, 365 5th Avenue

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11) AAIFF 41 Launch Party – The 41st Asian American International Film Festival, the nation’s longest-running film festival dedicated to Asian American programming, reveals its line-up and premieres the official festival trailer.

Tuesday, June 26, 7 PM
Fat Buddha, 212 Avenue A

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12) Artist Talk: Heman Chong: Ifs, Ands, or Buts – On the occasion of the SI Reading Room installation, Legal Books (Shanghai), join for a talk by Heman Chong.

Chong writes: “This lecture begins with a work that I didn’t make (it was an accident) and ends with a performance involving sentences I didn’t write (other artists did). In between, I would like to discuss a number of things that have passed through my eyes, hands and mind to become a substantial part of what most people consider a part of my work; novels, bookshops, libraries, trees, calendars, postcards, words, stories, situations, exhibitions, time, texts, magazines, conferences, memories, translations, rumors, relationships, resistance, speech, secrets, distributions, bridges.”

Tuesday, June 26, 7 PM
Swiss Institute, 38 St Marks Place

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13) Alifu, the Prince/ss 《 阿莉芙》– Alifu, a 25 year-old Paiwan boy, struggles between his dream of getting a sex change operation and inheriting as the chief of the Paiwan tribe. And stories of Sherry, a transgender drag queen bar owner, and Chris, a government worker and drag queen performer.  Bamboo Chen won Best Supporting Actor, and the film was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 54th Golden Horse Festival.

Director Yu-lin Wang will be in attendance for a conversation with Professor Ronald Gregg, Film and Media Studies, School of the Arts, Columbia University.

Review by The Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, June 27, 7 PM
The LGBTQ Center, 208 W. 13th Street

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14) Yung Wing, Madame Chiang, and Pan Am: Diary of a Collector – Items documenting the Chinese experience in America of athletes, officials, entertainers – and above all – students such as Yung Wing and the Chinese Educational Mission will be unveiled alongside Sino-American treasures from milestone events such as President Richard Nixon’s 1972 trip to China.

Mr. Delbyck will share how he prioritizes and discerns what to collect from this critical period in U.S.-China relations and answer: How does one collect? How does one determine value?

Followed by a moderated Q&A where Mr. Delbyck might just reveal the first 5 items he would grab should he need to evacuate his office and quickly!

Wednesday, June 28, 6 PM
Museum of Chinese in America

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15) Looking For? 《你找什麼?》– Director Tung-yen Chou journeyed across the world, visiting and interviewing 60 men living in 7 cities, revealing their experiences of love, lust, and lost as gay people in modern times.

Chou will be in attendance for a conversation with Professor Ronald Gregg, Film and Media Studies, School of the Arts, Columbia University.

Read a review at Bakchormeeboy.

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Thursday, June 28, 7 PM
Taiwan Academy, 1 E. 42nd Street

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16) Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island – Bay Area poet and writer Jeffrey Thomas Leong shares his mesmerizing new book, Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island.

The first new translation in almost 40 years, Wild Geese Sorrow takes readers through the deep anger, sorrow, and loneliness felt by the Chinese immigrant detainees at the Angel Island Immigration Station between 1910-1940. Sequenced to narrate the detainee experience, the poems tell of arrival, long detentions, medical exams, political outrage, and for some, deportation. Readers will learn about a critical period of American immigrant history, so essential to our contemporary policy debates.

Thursday, June 28, 7 PM
City Lore Gallery 2, 56 E 1st Street

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17) Golden Canton Pop Night – Who is your favorite Canton Pop Star? Beyond? Jacky Cheung? Miriam Yeung? Let CARA Vision bring you back to the golden era of Canton Pop and revisit those classic tunes.

CARA Vision presents “Golden Canton Pop Night” featuring Simon Yu’s experienced band, timeless Canton tunes will be performed. Audiences will be invited to be under the spotlight and sing with the live band.

Thursday, June 28, 7 PM
Cara Vision, Room 709, 134 W. 29th Street


ONGOING FILMS, SHOWS, AND EVENTS

1)The Great Leap – San Francisco, spring 1989. Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a “friendship” game. When they arrive, China is in the throes of the post-Cultural Revolution era, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history. Inspired by events from her father’s life and (short-lived) basketball career, playwright Lauren Yee (The Hatmaker’s Wife) makes her Atlantic debut with this tender and fearless new play.

Review by The New York Times

May 23 – June 24
Atlantic Theater Company

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2) Romulus the Great – Yangtze Repertory Theater presents this play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Set in a fictional Roman Empire, emperor Romulus the Great chose not to be “great.” Facing the increasing peril of the Germanic invasion and the demise of the Empire, Romulus prefers to stay at home breeding chickens. Is his refusal of responsibility to govern stupidity? Or does he have other plans?

Scene from ‘Romulus the Great’ Courtesy of Yangtze Repertory Theatre

June 7 – 23
TBG Mainstage Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 3F

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3) Lobster Cop 《龙虾刑警 》– Four police officers open up a lobster restaurant as a cover in order to catch a notorious drug dealer, only to find their secret recipe is more popular than they expect. When they get caught up in their new business venture, they find a bigger conspiracy at work.


ART EXHIBITIONS

Group Shows, Local Artists, and Other Art Events:

Lulu Meng is part of Tailbone at 47 Canal on view through June 29.

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Opening and Newly Listed:

1) Li Shuang: If Only the Cloud Knows (Sleep Center, 6/24 – 7/8) – On the snowy Valentine’s Day in 2015, artist Li Shuang wandered around New York City’s Times Square for six hours, bearing a huge sign that read: “Marry Me For Chinese Citizenship”. She later printed the slogan on tote bags, with which every carrier becomes a disseminator, propagating the statement to far corners of the world. Li’s playful yet incisive gesture questioned issues such as immigration system, identity, and discrimination. This interactive project marked the beginning of her cross-disciplinary and experimental artistic practice.

Li Shuang’s first solo exhibition in New York If Only The Cloud Knows” features the artist’s five major works created since 2014, including: If Only The Cloud Knows, a multi-media interactive piece which examines the relationship between digital data and private memory; T, a video work developed from gender-based observations; Marry Me For Chinese Citizenship, an on-going social intervention project that probes into the public sphere.

Emerged during the age of Internet and globalization, Li’s works revealed the unvoiced pain embedded in both personal crisis and collective dilemma. Her practice, while being critical and provocative, also embodies a sense of poetic spontaneity. Through active observation and scholarly analysis, Li investigates diverse social subjects such as technical innovation, mass media, cultural identity, and gender studies. As she relocates frequently around the globe, Li is able to form a series of multi-perspective yet universal narrative that speaks to the shared anxieties of the Millennial generation.

The exhibition is in itself a site of public experiment as well: visitors are allowed to access the artist’s private database, and are given the freedom to alter or delete anything. Through this immediate participation, we seek to interpret the gravity born by the “cloud”.

Curated by Qiu Yun and Qiao Feifan

Opening reception: June 24, 6 – 9 PM

Li Shuang – ‘T’, four channel video, 2017-18. ©Li Shuang

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2) Heman Chong & Ken Liu: Legal Books (Shanghai) (Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art New York, 6/23 – 8/19) – An exhibition and bookshop by Heman Chong and Ken Liu. This marks the inaugural library exhibition in SI’s Library and Reading Room at Swiss Institute’s new home at 38 St Marks Pl, in the heart of the East Village.

Legal Bookshop (Shanghai) is a selection of books relating to the legal system in China. For this project, originally conceived as part of Heman Chong’s 2016 solo exhibition at the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, the artist invited and hired Ken Liu, who works as a lawyer, translator, programmer and speculative fiction writer, to make a personal selection of books that informs Liu’s understanding of the law in China.

Via email, Chong wrote: “I would like you to select books that are readily available in bookshops in Shanghai that touch on the idea of the law; including both fiction and nonfiction books. They can be textbooks that law students use for their studies, books that lawyers use for reference, copies of the legal acts, novels where characters get entangled with the law, books that touch on the history of the law, maybe even books on scientific laws. I want you to interpret the idea of ‘the law’ when you think about this list.” Liu’s resultant selection of books is available to browse and purchase at Swiss Institute.

Though some of the choices may seem obvious, such as Laws and Regulations of the People’s Republic of China in Common Use, and The Comprehensive Explanations on the Laws of the People’s Republic of China, in addition to books that introduce the idea of laws and their histories in China and other countries, others are more idiosyncratic, for example: a chess manual; a book that touches on prosody in poetry; a book on programming algorithms and game development; a book on urban planning; a guide for LEGO builders; a book on principles of physics and laws of nature; a book on the governance of a nation and rules of economic development; a book on social norms and etiquette; and a book on philosophy enquiries concerning human society. A full list of books is readily available upon request.

Together, as literature and as objects, these various books describe a collection of limits, rules and systems whilst offering a glimpse of a cultural imaginary.

Heman Chong envisions the bookshop as an open-ended platform, which he has consistently utilized within his practice. Other bookshops include: LEM1 (2012), a collection of 3000 science fiction and fantasy books sold for 1£ at Rossi & Rossi Gallery in London; LEM2 (2016), a nomadic curbside retrospective of the Polish science fiction writer, Stanisław Lem at the 20th Sydney Biennale; and Because, The Night (2017), a nocturnal bookshop that is installed in 72-13, a major theatre venue in Singapore that is open only between 10 PM – 4 AM.

Image: Courtesy of the artist and Rockbund Art Museum

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3) Hyobin Kwon: Blue and White Impressions II (7 E. 14th Street, 6/14 – 7/9) – To create traditional blue and white pieces, ceramists painted designs on white porcelain bodies, using writing brushes with cobalt as a coloring material. They then applied a transparent glaze to the bodies and fired the pieces at high temperatures, which allowed the blue and white decoration to come into being.  During Kwon’s doctorate course, she studied methods for researching the blue and white porcelain of China and Korea. She looked at the divisions of historical periods of blue and white porcelain and how the styles related to the paintings of the same period; analyzed the works of art and the creators; analyzed the process of creating the works of art; analyzed the collectors of the ceramics; and looked at its practical use.

Drawing from historical documents, records and pictures of cultural relics, Kwon’s paintings analyze the art and history of blue and white porcelain in China and Korea. Through comparisons of China and Korea’s blue and white porcelain, she distinguishes differences between the two countries’ aesthetic consciousnesses and artistic characteristics, and other relevant questions.

Kwon advocates for the blending of the traditional arts of ceramics and painting, especially the combination of blue and white porcelain and freehand brushwork painting, in the hope of making the space for development of blue and white porcelain even more varied.

In this solo exhibition, Kwon will exhibit carefully selected blue and white masterworks that she has studied, and pieces that she has created, over the period of 10 years. Paintings and ceramics will be presented together.

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Closing soon:

Hao Liang – Portraits and Wonders (Gagosian, 5/8 – 6/23)

Chen Dongfan: Nevermore (昨夜星辰昨夜风) (Fou Gallery, 4/14 – 6/24)

Chewing Theory – Chewing Monster (Red Brick Space, 198 Allen Street, 6/14 – 6/24)

The Fuck Off Generation Chinese Avant Garde in the Post-Mao Era, Part 2 (Ethan Cohen, 5/10 – ??)

Monica Cook & Ye Qin Zhu: Accumulations (Postmasters, 5/19 – 6/30)

Mu Pan: Bright Moon Shines on the RiverPing Zheng (Joshua Liner Gallery, 6/7 – 7/6)

Ping Zheng (Gallery 456, 6/8 – 7/6)

The Mississippi Delta Chinese (Pearl River Mart Gallery, 5/18 – 7/7)

James Chan – Where Are You Really From? (384 Broadway, 6/6 – 7/7 (extended))

Li Shuang: If Only the Cloud Knows (Sleep Center, 6/24 – 7/8)

Hyobin Kwon: Blue and White Impressions II (7 E. 14th Street 6/14 – 7/9)

Current shows:

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

Hao Liang – Portraits and Wonders (Gagosian, 5/8 – 6/23)

Chen Dongfan: Nevermore (昨夜星辰昨夜风) (Fou Gallery, 4/14 – 6/24)

Chewing Theory – Chewing Monster (Red Brick Space, 198 Allen Street, 6/14 – 6/24)

The Fuck Off Generation Chinese Avant Garde in the Post-Mao Era, Part 2 (Ethan Cohen, 5/10 – ??)

Monica Cook & Ye Qin Zhu: Accumulations (Postmasters, 5/19 – 6/30)

Mu Pan: Bright Moon Shines on the RiverPing Zheng (Joshua Liner Gallery, 6/7 – 7/6)

Ping Zheng (Gallery 456, 6/8 – 7/6)

The Mississippi Delta Chinese (Pearl River Mart Gallery, 5/18 – 7/7)

James Chan – Where Are You Really From? (384 Broadway, 6/6 – 7/7 (extended))

Li Shuang: If Only the Cloud Knows (Sleep Center, 6/24 – 7/8)

Hyobin Kwon: Blue and White Impressions II (7 E. 14th Street 6/14 – 7/9)

The Sentinels (The Geary, 5/31 – 7/14)

Outside the Palace of Heavenly Purity (bitforms gallery, 6/7 – 7/22)

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

Mel Chin: All Over the Place (Queens Museum, 4/8 – 8/12)

SPF (Special Special, 5/30 – 8/26) – Current exhibition: Lu Zhang and her Boat Date social experiment from It Takes Ten Years Practice to Be on the Same Boat

Fu Xiaotong – Proliferation (Chambers Fine Art, 6/7 – 8/18)

Heman Chong & Ken Liu: Legal Books (Shanghai) (Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art New York, 6/23 – 8/19)

Land: Zhang Huan and Li Binyuan (MoMA PS1, 4/15 – 9/3)

Chinese Medicine in America: Converging Ideas, People, and Practices (Museum of Chinese in America, 4/26 – 9/9)

On the Shelves of Kam Wah Chung & Co.: General Store and Apothecary in John Day, Oregon(Museum of Chinese in America, 4/26 – 9/9)

Kang Muxiang – Rebirth (5/17 – 9/15, Garment District Plazas, Broadway btwn 41st and 36th Streets)

Cecile Chong – El Dorado / The New 49ers (Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 5/12 – 10/14)

One Hand Clapping (Guggenheim Museum, 5/4 – 10/21)

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


Lead image: A rock in NE Taiwan that, according to a local tour guide, someone wanted to pay hundreds of thousands of Taiwan dollars for.  Photo by Andrew Shiue