Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Fay's Belated Birthday and Fundraiser

Happy Birthday Fay!
June 16 at the Project Reach NYC, 39 Eldridge St. office friends, family, and colleagues gathered together to celebrate Fay's 64th. Filled with live artist performances, donated art pieces, and birthday cake, this event brought together young and old with a love of the arts. The fundraiser was for the The Arts Initiative: A Legacy Project of the Basement Workshop Community, which creates a community space for cross generational arts and activism practices and facilitates community arts classes and workshops.











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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Light Year 14: "Japan Parade" Celebrates tradition by embracing the new.

June 2, 2016
Pearl Street Triangle and Anchorage Place
Light Year 14: ”Japan Parade” was an event sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in New York, that celebrated Japanese culture. Bringing together old and new, Light Year 14: “Japan Parade” featured a selection of all Japanese video artists based in New York. Each of the films expressed an aspect of traditional Japanese culture through modern technology and animation methods.
ON megumi Akiyoshi’s work has previously been shown by AAAC, she also had a piece in this event as well.
“Blooming Bubbles in Circulation” (2016)
“Pouring water into a cup, bubbles appear and disappear. Mkiyoshi sees these bubbles as a symbol of life, wishing all living things to bloom fully.” –Leo Kuelbs Collection

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Chương-Đài Võ on Southeast Asia Studies

Chương-Đài Võ has recently earned her PhD in Southeast Asian studies. Here she is giving a presentation on “Asia Art Archive’s collection on visual arts and performance art in Southeast Asia, and how they offer interpretations of the present and rehearsals of the future.” (Chương-Đài Võ)

Chương-Đài Võ is researcher at Asia Art Archive and independent curator.  She has an extensive background of working on Southeast Asian studies whether through the arts or studies at universities such as M.I.T. and Johns Hopkins University.



Jane DeBois is current chairwoman of the board of Asian Art Archive in Hong Kong. Here she is introducing Chương-Đài Võ who is presenting on Southeast Asian Archiving and Arts.



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Goddess of Democracy Protests in New York

Weiming Chen's Goddess of Democracy statue has traveled cross country from L.A. and was here in New York not only to make the 27th anniversary of the crack down on the students in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, but also in protesting China's policies in any number of inhuman treatments and policies occurring today





The Goddess of Democracy statue was placed outside the New York United Nations Headquarters. 





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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Video: Conversation with Zhang Hongtu and Robert Lee at Queens Museum

This video is a documentation of the Conversation with Zhang Hongtu and Robert Lee at Queens Museum. As the closing event of Hongtu's solo show at Queens Museum, this panel talk covers several major topics in Hongtu's unique life experience and legendary art career. See highlights below to forward to specific questions.

 

Highlights:

Hongtu discussing censorship in China and freedom in the US 00:25

Hongtu on his personal experience during Cultural Revolution & the worship of Chairman Mao 05:17

Hongtu reflecting on the use of Mao image in his early works 08:24

Robert Lee talking about Hongtu's work in the context of modern history and art history 13:27

Cheryl McGinnis pointing out the key differences between Hongtu's Mao image and Andy Warhol's use of Mao 19:37

Mark on the rarely known history of Hongtu and the Chinese artist group in 90's New York 22:40

Robert Lee on Hongtu's legacy and influence on Asian American Arts 36:30

Panelists:
Zhang Hongtu, Artist; Robert Lee, Director of Asian American Arts Centre; Luchia Meihua Lee, Guest Curator

Videographer/ Editor: Weigang Song
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Activist Liu ShaoMing Tried for Essays on Tiananmen Square

Untitled, Sharon Garbe, mixed media on door, created for AAAC Tiananmen Exhibition 

Tiananmen Square is an issue that has affected everyone. AAAC mounted an exhibition in response to the confrontation that happened in 1989, and to this day the story continues, its effects reverberating through the trial of labor activist Liu Shaoming. Liu was recently tried in GuangZhou for "inciting subversion of state power". He was detained in May 2015 after publishing his essay ""My Experience Supporting and Joining the 1989 Democracy Movement", which recounts his experience on Tiananmen Square from May 26 to the morning of June 4th, 1989.

曾经参加过八九民运的劳工维权人士刘少明涉嫌“煽动颠覆国家政权罪”一案。曾是工人的刘少明是1989年民主运动的积极参加者,近年来积极投身于劳工维权和声援被捕维权人士的活动。2015年5月29日,他的文章《我到北京声援并参与“六四”民主运动经历》在海外网站上发表4天后被带走;该文记述了从1989年5月26日到6月4日期间他在天安门广场上的经历和所见所闻。

http://www.hrichina.org/en/press-work/hric-bulletin/activist-tried-inciting-subversion-essays-disseminated-online

http://www.hrichina.org/chs/xin-wen-gong-zuo/zhong-guo-ren-quan-jian-xun/liu-shao-ming-shan-dong-dian-fu-guo-jia-zheng-quan-zui


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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
EXHIBITION: Rachid Koraïchi- Love Side by Side with the Soul
 At Aicon Gallery, extended to April 15, 2016





Press Release 


"Koraïchi’s work is influenced by a heritage in intellectual Sufism and an early schooling as Quraishite- transcriber of Quranic texts- in the Aurés region in Algeria. Drawing on Arabic semiotics and dwelling on calligraphy as a means of interpretive transcendence, Koraïchi’s work utilizes letters and signage to evoke figurative imagery and enumerate universal messages to a global audience."

Related articles: 
"What Does Islam Look Like?" 
"Without Boundary- 17 Ways of Looking" 
This article and exhibition helps to place Koraïchi’s work in the context of today's political connotation of Islam. On the one hand the MOMA exhibition premise is not only addressing a non-essentialist perspective on Islamic artists, it also suggests reasons not to hold exhibitions based on ethnicity or race (we are all individuals and artists and are expected to have unique creative voices). This tends to support a mainstream Western stance and obscures the impact of the West in terms of political and military policies on particularly non-Western societies.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016
Taichi Chuan classes at the Clemente: co-sponsored by Asian American Arts Centre (AAAC) and the Clemente

Taichi Chuan classes at the Clemente
co-sponsored by Asian American Arts Centre (AAAC) and the Clemente


Taichi Chuan, a martial art form of ancient China, promotes health and wellness. A series of slow continuous movements with low impact on the body, Taichi increases energy and vitality, relieves pain and fatigue, improves balance and coordination, as well as many other health benefits. Coordinated with breathing, Taichi Chuan is known as moving meditation, a practice done regularly builds to enhance mental acuity and wellness. 

Testimonial from a tai chi student.
I am 71.  I started studying Tai chi with Eleanor Yung in the 90's.  I was younger then and did not take my taichi seriously; it was something I did for fun. I stopped for a long while. Maybe six or seven years.  After I stopped I began to notice how my body aged I began to develop arthritis, I gained weight. One day I remembered my tai chi and started doing chapter one it was all I could remember so I did this occasionally and noticed how great I felt after doing it. I started taking tai chi again last year. I was desperate to learn all of the form. So I practiced everyday for one or two hours sometimes more. I also did my chi gung exercises before I did my tai chi as a warm up. This is the way Eleanor taught us long ago. I became more supple and tai chi strengthened both my legs and neck and improved my balance.  In the allergy season the taichi with the chi gung exercises lowers my immune response to pollen. I don't ever want to stop doing my tai chi again.    

Classes start on April 9th, and will continue for 8 classes until June 11thexcept for May 14 and May 28. Classes will take place every Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 AM at Studio 202 at the Clemente, located at 107 Suffolk Street(between Rivington and Delancey) on the LES in New York City. (F,M,J,Z to Delancey/Essex train stop) Call (212) 260-4080 for directions.  


The cost for the series is $220, cash or check at beginning of first class. Clemente residents, Clemente and AAAC staff, and senior citizens enjoy a 10% discount at $198.
Individual classes are $35. 

For those interested, please register with Eleanor Yung L.Ac. at eleayung@gmail.com

Some articles of interest:



Eleanor Yung, L.Ac. has been teaching Taichi Chuan and Qigong for more than 20 years, and is teaching at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and private classes. She is a NYS licensed acupuncturist and practices in Chinatown. 
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