Monday, July 25, 2016
Art Galleries in Chinatown: a community talk organized by W.O.W Project & Chinatown Art Brigade

W.O.W Project & Chinatown Art Brigade at Wing on Wo, 26 Mott, presents a community talk about art galleries in the neighborhood, how to turn this opportunity to befriend culture NYC style, undo the isolation that has hampered Chinatown's growth, and make our community and our artists an integral part of the infrastructure of the city's rapid change. 

A special mention to the new art space Chinatown Soup, whose young owner Michelle Esteva was open to all the different questions and critiques about its programming and exhibitions. Committed to make bonds with local communities, Michelle talked about the inevitable changes of Chinatown in the near future, which put a remarkable ending note after all those productive conversations.  





When the New Museum moved to the Bowery and the galleries followed suit, AAAC did a brief survey of some of the galleries. It was clear then that art patrons and community residents were strangers passing each other in the night.

For several years now we've encouraged the community, particularly the Chinatown Working Group (whose meetings are ongoing) to attend the New Museum's Community Breakfast they mount annually. However, it was only when a pop up gallery briefly occupied the arcade, filling it with people, that SingTao covered the story a year or two ago. 
It is great that a visible discussion of this development has begun. Perhaps the gallery community can be encouraged to do more than a token expression of their recognition of becoming a part, for the first time, of an ethnic NY community. 
It is really the New Museum's role to address the Asian American and other Lower East Side communities whose neighborhood they have made their home, bringing so many galleries with them. 
Clearly, community concern about gentrification goes way beyond the proliferation of galleries. To respond effectively we've got to use our smarts, be creative, build a relationship with the New Museum and turn the arts to our advantage. 
How do we use this opportunity to befriend culture NYC style and integrate traditional Chinese culture that has been part of the mix for every New Yorker? We need to undo the isolation that has hampered Chinatown's growth, and work together to make our community and our artists an integral part of the infrastructure of the city's rapid change.
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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.



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

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.


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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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