Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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Princeton University's Tang Center for East Asian Art
presents
Asia Art Archive's 1980s Documentary Film

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Thursday, December 9, 2010
4:30pm-6:30pm
101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Reception at the Princeton University Art Museum to follow

For more information regarding AAA's 1980s project or to watch the film trailer, please click the image below:
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This program is supported by Princeton University's East Asian Studies Program and the Princeton University Art Museum.

For more info go to www.aaa-a.org
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
AAAC Tai Chi Classes with Eleanor Yung!



CHAPTER ONE

Date: Saturdays, from Nov 20th to Jan 8th, 2010
Time: 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Place: Players Theater Rehearsal Space, 211 MacDougal Street, 3rd floor (btwn Bleecker St. & W 3rd St.), West Village
Fee: $150 for the 8 class series.

Please email Eleanor for more information on CHAPTER TWO and CHAPTER THREE.

*For students who have completed chapter one and would like to take it again, the fee for the series is $75. For students who are currently enrolled in another of my classes, you are welcome to join the class at no cost.
The practice of Taichi Chuan is known to be beneficial to health and wellbeing. It is found to lower blood pressure, increase bone density, reduce stress as well as improve balance, co-ordination and body alignment. Learn to move gracefully while improving health and wellness.

Eleanor Yung, acupuncturist, has been teaching the form as taught by the late Master Ham King Koo since 1995. This nei-gung taichi form consists of 81 moves and is divided into three chapters. The form is accompanied by a series of warm-up qi-gung exercises.

To sign up, please email esyung@aol.com, then come to the first class on November 20th, 2010.
Have questions? please email or call.
Eleanor Yung, L.Ac.
licensed acupuncturist, NYS
646-831-9745
esyung@aol.com
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LONDON— In a tale that goes way beyond the wildest dreams of any Antiques Roadshow aficionado, a brother and sister found a dusty Chinese vase while clearing out their deceased parents' suburban London house and put it up for sale at Bainbridges Auction House — where it fetched $85 million, a world record for any work of Chinese art at auction. The siblings, who have so far remained anonymous, were stunned by the rapidly-ascending bidding, with the sister leaving the room at one point to get some fresh air. Bainbridges, a small West London auction house specializing in estate sales, and whose previous sale record was £100,000 ($185,000) for a Ming bowl, had estimated the Qianlong vase at £800,000-1.2 million ($1.3-1.9 million), the London Telegraph reports. After 30 minutes of frenetic bidding in which six men in the salesroom and three telephone bidders vied for the elaborately-decorated piece, a paddle bidder in the room — said to be a Beijing-based advisor — emerged victorious, declining afterward to comment on his purchase. The hammer price was £43 million, with the commission and VAT bringing the total price to £53 million ($85 million). This sum handily surpasses the previous record for a Chinese artwork, set by a calligraphic work that sold for $64 million at Beijing's Poly International Auction Company last June. Moreover, the vase more than doubled the previous record for Chinese porcelain, set just a month ago by Sotheby's in Hong Kong with the sale of another Qianlong vase for $32.4 million.


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(Image courtesy of Brainbridges)
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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DATE: FRIDAY, OCT 29TH, 6PM-9PM
LOCATION: EXIT ART, 475 Tenth Ave, New York, NY 10018 (map)



In conjunction with Exit Art's Alternative Histories exhibition, a panel talk entitles "Activism and the Rise of Alternative Art Spaces" will be held on Friday 10/29.
Robert Lee, director of Asian American Arts Centre will discuss the founding of the Asian American Art Centre:

Its relation to the Asian American movement; its emergence from the activities of the Basement Workshop (1970-mid1980s); Its establishment as the non-profit Asian American Dance Theatre in 1974 and changing to its current name in 1986; its expansion to include the presentation of contemporary art exhibitions in 1983, as well as its other folk art and educational programs and activities.

Moderator: Mary Anne Staniszewski, Associate Professor and Acting Head of the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY

Participants: Robert Lee, Director, Asian American Arts Center; Beka Economopoulos, Co-Founder / Director, Not An Alternative; Alanna Heiss, Founder, P.S.1, Director, AIR and Clocktower Gallery; Avram Finkelstein, Gran Fury; Melissa Rachleff Burtt, Clinical Associate Professor of Arts Administration, NYU

Investigating the early history of New York alternative spaces, this panel looks at the genesis, culture and legacy of this movement in the context of activism and political agency.

Please RSVP to this event: http://www.exitart.org/support/rsvp. Each public event during the Alternative Histories exhibition is $5.00 which can be paid on line or at the door.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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Date: October 16, 2010 - Sunday, November 14, 2010


Opening Reception: October 16, 2010, 5-7pm.
Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12-5pm

Celebrate the 5,000 year history of traditional Chinese arts and textiles and the endangered artists who are slowly vanishing due to lack of civic support and market economies. Highlights of past and present work created by indigenous artists living in Southwestern China and Hainan Island, including exquisite textiles, traditional lacquer-ware, and ritual masks.

From the private collection of Andrew and Lily Wang.

An exhibit of exquisite textiles, traditional lacquer-ware, and ritual masks by indigenous artists living in Southwestern China and Hainan Island.

The history of traditional arts and textiles in China spans over 5000 years and has influenced arts and culture across Asia and around the world. Today these artists are slowly vanishing due to lack of civic support and market economies that de-emphasize the value of quality artwork created by traditional methods and materials. This exhibition highlights both past and present work created by traditional artists from minority ethnic groups Miao, Gejia, Tujia, Gelao, Yao, Yi, Dai, Li, and Zhang who live in areas across Southwestern China and in Hainan Island. One of the goals of including old and new pieces in this exhibit is to help us appreciate an art form that, while ancient in practice, is still alive in the hands of these indigenous artists. As members of the global community and patrons of the arts, what is our role, if any, to support these artists so that they can continue these traditional practices to create new work and pass the skills on to future generations? What would it mean if the artists and skills needed to create this kind of work became a thing of the past?



For more information, go to Flushing Town Hall - Exhibitions
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
AAAC Presents... ART SLAM 2010!


THURSDAY OCT 14TH, 5PM-630PM
Participating Artists:
Jing Zhou, Vivian Oyarbide, Maia Cruz Palileo, Uday Kdhar, Carol Tanjutco.

THURSDAY OCT 21ST, 5PM-630PM
Participating Artists:
Dmitry Borshch, Susan Lee Yung, Justin Baldwin, Betty T. Kaos, Roshani Thakore.

*Stay for the Asian American Arts Centre Community Potluck!

630PM- 730PM immediately following the ArtSlam Presentations
(see below for more information)
For the past several years, the Asian American Arts Centre has held a series of art slams, allowing emerging artists the opportunity to present and talk about their work, meet and network with each other as well as with more established artists and critics/curators. Last year, the Centre hosted three slide slams, showcasing the work of fifteen artists working in various media.


On Thursdays, Oct 14th and Oct 21st, Asian American Arts Centre will be hosting the annual ART SLAM showcasing the work of emerging Asian-American & Asia influenced artists.



*The October 21st Art Slam will feature a special potluck event (dish encouraged but not required to attend!) to support and promote the Asian American Arts Centre community.  Please join us at 5 pm to see artist presentations and stay to enjoy food and meet staff, artists, and friends!


Admission is FREE. EVERYONE is invited. BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
 

The ART SLAM series is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency and from The New York Department of Cultural Affairs. The Asian American Arts Centre was founded in 1974 in New York City as a not-for-profit organization to address the distinctive concerns of Asian Americans in the United States. Its mission is to promote the preservation and creative vitality of Asian American cultural growth through the arts, and its historical and aesthetic linkage to other communities.

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Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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Location: The Flomenhaft Gallery
Date: October 28th - December 11th, 2010

The Flomenhaft Gallery is proud to present Roger Shimomura’s newest series of artworks, “An American Knockoff.”  The title eludes to Shimomura’s experience as a third generation American citizen who is all too often asked what part of Japan he comes from, and is too often misconnected to so-called “oriental” physical and behavioral traits.  Actually he was born in Seattle and unfortunately spent several years of his childhood in an internment camp, Minidoka, in Idaho.  These works are his “attempt to ameliorate the outrage of the misconceptions” and “in tongue-in-cheek fashion he becomes the same stereotypes.”


Shimomura’s newest paintings, in fabulous color, almost all include a self portrait.  We see him, in art critic Lucy Lippard’s words “kicking ass” at his own country.  They are dynamic, filled with references to pop art, in works such as “American vs. Disney Stereotypes.”  The paintings include Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Popeye and the three little pigs, also Ukiyo theater folk.   Often mistaken for Chinese, he goes for it and represents himself as a “Chinese Imposter,” as a General leading his Chinese army, and in other works he stands in for a Chinese communist, but also points at the color confusion by representing celebrants of Mao.  A most powerful work represents the conundrum in Shimomura’s life, “American vs. Japs.”  It shows him acting the part of a Japanese American, making a distinction between himself and the Japanese enemy during WWII.  Here he kicks the Jap’s ass.  What a turn of events.
          
Roger Shimomura, in painting, prints and theater pieces has always addressed the sociopolitical issues of Asian Americans.  He has had over 125 solo exhibitions and has presented theater pieces throughout the country.  He is the recipient of more than 30 grants, four of which came from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting and Performance Art.  He has lectured and has been a visiting artist at more than 200 universities, and the College Art Association presented him with the Artist Award for Most Distinguished Body of Work in 2002 for his four year, twelve museum tour of the painting exhibition “An American Diary.”  It was based on the diaries his grandmother kept from the time she came to America as a photograph wife and includes her experiences in Minidoka.  Shimomura was a Distinguished Professor at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, from 1969 until he retired in 2004. He is now the University Distinguished Professor of Art Emeritus of the University of Kansas.

Presently there is a travelling show entitled “Yellow Terror: the Collection and Paintings of Roger Shimomura,” co-curated by Roger and Dr. Stacey Uradomo-Barre, the curator for the Art in Public Places Program of the Hawaiian State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.  It was produced by the Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, our nation’s only pan-Asian Pacific American museum and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.   From Wing Luke it will go to the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, opening on October 21st.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010
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Sexed Asian Machines: On The Communicability Of Multimedia
Brown Bag Lunch Talk with Jian Chen, Gallatin School Of Individualized Study, NYU

Date: Monday, Sep 20th
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Location:
A/P/A Institute, Room 709
41-51 East 11th Street
7th Floor, Room 709
New York, NY 10003

Free and open to the public.
To RSVP:Email apa.rsvp@nyu.edu, or Call 212-992-9653
Bring your own lunch and A/P/A Institute will provide beverages and dessert!
  
Prior to the multimedia convergence initiated by mass digitalization, documentary and pornographic film/video offered the experiences of communicability and interactivity now attributed to “post-cinematic” multimedia. Pornography and documentary are arguably anti-cinematic forms that work through communicative relays between viewers and film/video, rather than immersive spectatorship, and through visible technological mediation, in contrast to aesthetic signatures or spectacle. Whether through claims to authenticity or the pleasure of fantasy, these two genres also initiate the kinds of cross-cultural contact celebrated more belatedly, and with more polished veneer, in global Hollywood cinema.

Chen’s talk will focus on semi-documentaries on sex work and mainstream online pornography, which feature Asian feminine subjects. Chen contends that these docu/porn forms make potentially explicit the paradoxical relationships between autonomy and control, enjoyment and labor, shaping image consumption and cultural visibility within transnational neoliberal capitalism. And Chen's talk will explore the racial, sexual fantasies that support the imagined free-flow circulation of images and information within multimedia public spheres.

For more information and to RSVP, contact TK

Jian Chen is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Chen’s current research explores new demands made on cultural consumption, representation, and politics, with the transnational circulation of sexed racial and ethnic images in post-cinematic film and media. Chen’s article “Sex Without Friction: the Limits of Multi-Mediated Human Subjectivity in Cheang Shu Lea’s Tech-Porn” is forthcoming in the electronic journal Postmodern Culture.

Cosponsored with the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and the Gallatin School for Individualized Study


For more information, go to A/P/A Institute at New York University. 
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ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES at Exit Art

ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES at Exit Art 
September 24 - November 24, 2010
Opening Friday, September 24, 7pm - 9pm
Alternative Histories is a history of New York City alternative art spaces and projects since the 1960s. Through audio interviews with founders and key staff, a reading room of magazines and publications, documentation, ephemera and narrative descriptions, the exhibition will tell the story of pioneering spaces – like P.S.1, Artists Space, Fashion Moda, Taller Boricua, ABC No Rio, The Kitchen, Franklin Furnace, Exit Art, 112 Greene Street, White Columns, Creative Time, Electronic Arts Intermix, Anthology Film Archives, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Just Above Midtown, and many more – as well as document a new generation of alternative projects such as Live With Animals, Fake Estate, Apartment Show, Pocket Utopia, Cleopatra’s, English Kills Art Gallery, Triple Candie, Esopus Space, and others.

Over 130 spaces are represented in the show, which elaborates on the significant contributions these organizations made to the cultural fabric of New York City. They gave visibility and inclusion to otherwise excluded artists and ideas. The idealism of the founders, the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in sustaining these histories, against all odds, illustrates the dynamic purposes that propel the artistic scene in New York. “Imagination is an alternative to reality, creating options that never end,” says Papo Colo.

The exhibition incorporates a broad definition of the term “alternative space,” and includes significant publications and artist collectives to cover a broad arc of this history – bridging neighborhoods, decades and themes. In the development and organization of this exhibition, the curatorial team viewed dozens of archives and personal collections – selecting critical materials from the histories of the spaces and projects – and interviewed founders and early staff members, when possible, to construct a narrative about the alternative space movement in New York and its continuing impact on the city’s cultural and artistic landscape.

For more information go to Exit Art
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
Autoerotic Asphyxiation by Danh Vo at Artist Space




Location: Artist Space, 38, Green St. NYC
Tel: 212.226.3970
Date: September 11 - November 2, 2010

Danh Vo (Born 1975, Ba Ria, Vietnam) recent exhibitions include 6th Berlin Biennial (2010); Gwangju Biennial (2010); Where the Lions Are, Kunsthalle Basel (2009); Package Tour, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008).


Autoerotic Asphyxiation, Danh Vo’s first exhibition in the USA, is made possible through the generous support of Shelley Fox Aarons & Philip Aarons, The Danish Arts Council, The Friends of Artists Space, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. 


 Go to Artist Space for more information.
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Friday, September 10, 2010
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CHAPTER ONE
Date: Saturdays, from Sept 25th to Nov 6th, 2010.
Time: 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Place: 211 MacDougal Street, 3rd floor (Players Theater Rehearsal Space), between Bleecker and W 3rd Street in the West Village.
Fee: $150 for the 8 class series. 

*Please email Eleanor for more information on CHAPTER TWO and CHAPTER THREE.

*For students who have completed chapter one and would like to take it again, the fee for the series is $75. For students who are currently enrolled in another of my classes, you are welcome to join the class at no cost.
The practice of Taichi Chuan is known to be beneficial to health and wellbeing. It is found to lower blood pressure, increase bone density, reduce stress as well as improve balance, co-ordination and body alignment. Learn to move gracefully while improving health and wellness.

Eleanor Yung, acupuncturist, has been teaching the form as taught by the late Master Ham King Koo since 1995. This nei-gung taichi form consists of 81 moves and is divided into three chapters. The form is accompanied by a series of warm-up qi-gung exercises.

To sign up, please email esyung@aol.com, then come to the first class on September 25th, 2010.
Have questions? please email or call.
Eleanor Yung, L.Ac.
licensed acupuncturist, NYS
646-831-9745
esyung@aol.com
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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Date: July 27, 2010: 7pm - 730pm
Location: The Asian American Writers' Workshop:
110-112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY

 Peter Kwong and Fay Chiang

Galleries, luxury condos, displacement, rezoning, affordable housing, neighborhood preservation. These are a few keywords in the active and ongoing conversation about gentrification, development, and urban change more broadly. But what is the role of writing in the face of this kind of urban change? Two activists, scholar Peter Kwong of Hunter College/CUNY and artist Fay Chiang, will thread pe...rsonal accounts of their lives as scholars and artists in Chinatown/Loisada with broader analyses of neighborhoods in flux. Their discussion will launch the Workshop’s community-based writers fellowship, "OPEN CITY: Blogging Urban Change," where fellows collect oral history from residents of Chinatown/LES, Sunset Park, and Flushing. Partnering with the Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA) and its Archeology of Change Project, Open City is an innovative spin on the neighborhood blog, one that incorporates oral history, video/audio content, and new interdisciplinary writing.

Chiang’s recently released book of selected poems, 7 Continents, 9 Lives, spans 20 years of poetry as a Queens native and a Lower East Side activist, revealing the multiple lives of the city, ranging from widows to a man’s final steps into an AIDS hospice. Kwong’s classic study The New Chinatown, was heralded as a “splendid antidote to the consistent misrepresentation of Chinese-American life in the press and in scholarly writings” by David Montgomery of Yale University.

@The Asian American Writers' Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
Between 6th and 7th Avenues
buzzer 600

Free and open to the public

Programs funded, in part, by the New York City Council for the Humanities.

(via AAWW)
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Monday, July 26, 2010
Go Figure: Five Contemporary Videos

Date: July 14, 2010 to August 15, 2010
Location: Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York

This exhibition presents the varied approaches of five contemporary Asian artists to the medium of single-channel video. ( For more information, visit http://www.asiasociety.org/events)
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
8 ARTISTS: FROM THE AAAC ARCHIVE


Date: August 14 - September 11, 2010 
Location: Cuchifritos
Address: 120 Essex Street, Essex Street Market, New York, NY 10002
Opening Reception: Saturday, Aug 14th, 4pm - 630pm


Artists: Charles Yuen, Dinh Q. Le , Dorothy Imagire, Eunjung Hwang, Howardina Pindell, Nancy Hom, Roger Shimomura

In collaboration with the Artists Alliance Inc.(AAI) an AAAC (Asian American Arts Centre) exhibition entitled tentatively, “Eight Artists: from the Archive”, will be installed in the Cuchifritos art gallery/project space located inside the Essex Street Market from August 14th - September 11th 2010

This exhibition of Eight Artists from the Archive brings a few chosen artists to the public, focused on those presented in AAAC’s digital archive – artasiamerica.org.  The best way to present a context for such art at Cuchifritos is through the presence of the digital archive.  Making this resource available on site and demonstrating the ease of tapping into it. AAAC has been gathering its physical archive of images and documents of Asian American artists for over two decades, and a good portion of this resource is now online. Go to artasiamerica.org and/or come to the gallery and ask for a tour of it there. 

 
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Dinh Q. Le's installation for Projects 93 at MoMa

Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York
 June 30, 2010- January 24, 2011


Dinh Q. Lê (Vietnamese American, b. 1968) weaves together—both literally and figuratively—personal recollections with larger histories and mythologies often related to the Vietnam War, also known as the American War in Lê’s native country. For Projects 93, Lê presents The Farmers and The Helicopters (2006), an installation comprised of a three-channel video and a helicopter hand-built from scrap parts by Le Van Danh, a farmer, and Tran Quoc Hai, a self-taught mechanic. For more information, visit http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1061 
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Magasin Totale: Gimme iPolaroid Group Show


Date: July 1-Aug 31
Location: 10 Jay Street, Suite 724 (7th floor)

Magasin Totale presents a group show of polaroids taken with iphone applications. Submissions come from all over the world! Continuing the tradition started by Edwin Land, the polaroid is truly the "people's" camera. Photography should be accessible to all, as well as affordable. Since traditional polaroid film is more expensive and harder to find than ever, we can now once again celebrate the spontaneity of the medium with the iphone applications. All prints will be for sale for $50 in limited editions.


"Every creative act is a sudden cessation of stupidity." (Edwin Land) For more information, check http://www.magasintotale.com/ 


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Thursday, July 8, 2010
Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya

Date: July 13 - August 15, 2010
Location: Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York

The Himalayas are home to some of the world's most magnificent peaks and largest glaciers, which supply crucial seasonal flows to rivers across Asia. Yet they started to disappear in past years. This exhibition presents new photographs of these "water towers of Asia" by mountaineer and photographer David Breashears alongside archival photographs taken over the past century by some of the world's greatest mountain photographers. The comparison starkly reveals the catastrophic loss of ice during the intervening years. For more information, visit http://www.asiasociety.org/        
    
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Experience + Exchange: A Conversation Between Food Industry Professionals

Date: Wed, Jul 21 from 7pm – 8:30pm
Location: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York


The event aims to introduce, inspire, and connect young Chinese American and Asian American professionals with the stories and journeys of the invited speakers. The installment of Experience + Exchange will feature two Food Industry professionals, including Jansen Chan, Executive Pastry Chef at Oceana.

 

( via MOCA )
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Thursday, July 1, 2010
A World of Yesterday and Tomorrow Recent Works by Yuan Yuan

Date: July 1 – August 7, 2010           
Opening reception: July 1, 6-8 pm
Location: Chambers Fine Art, 522 West 19th Street 
New York, NY 10011
Yuan Yuan was born in Beijing, China. He graduated from Oil Painting Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China in 2008. The show demonstrates the range and promise of new work being produced by younger artist in China today.

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150 Years of Tansu : The Cabinetry Heritage of Japan

Date: Jul 13, 2010 to Aug 04, 2010
Location: Nippon Gallery ( The Nippon Club) 145 West 57th Street, New York

As part of a celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the first Japanese diplomatic delegation to New York, this art how demonstrates `how tansu chests evolved along with the social, technological and political changes in Japan over the last 150 years’. 20 important tansu `define Japan’s cabinetry heritage, and reflect on 150 years of Japan’s economic expansion and influence’.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Last Empress and the Publisher: America and the Birth of Modern China

Date: Jul 21, 2010 | 6:30pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York

Authors Hannah Pakula (The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China) and Alan Brinkley (The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century) will talk about the complex ties between American publishing giant Henry Luce and the charismatic Chinese leaders Madame and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. The discussion will be moderated by Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on US-China Relations.
(via http://www.asiasociety.org/)
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New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Society of Film Center (Walter Reade Theater)

Date: June 25 to July 8, 2010
Location: Walter Reade Theater, 165W 65th Street, New York
The New York Asian Film Festival is held at the Walter Reade from June 25 to July 8. The festival presents the latest and greatest pop masterpieces including blockbusters from Thailand to Taiwan, romantic comedies from China, mutant battle girls from Japan, kung fu epics from Hong Kong and tourist-eating giant pig movies from Korea.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010
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Arts in the Yellow Power Moment!
Saturday, June 19, 2010, 2-4PM

Come hear one of the foremost Asian American novelists of her generation and the artist-activists who defined what it means for all of us to be Asian American. This special symposium features key activists Corky Lee, Tomie Arai, and Jack Tchen alongside Karen Tei Yamashita, whose new novel, I-Hotel, is destined to be a future classic of Asian American literature.

(Profile of Tomie Arai & Corky)

Tomie Arai is an activist, artist, philosopher, poet, historian, printmaker, instillation artist, and public artist who has worked collaboratively with community groups for over thirty years. She has realized numerous commissions, including ones from the Cambridge Arts Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the recipient of two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Printmaking, a 1995 Joan Mitchell Visual Arts Grant, a 1997 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Visual Artist Residency, and a 1994 NEA Visual Arts Fellowship. Arai's work explores the relationship of art to history and the role that memory plays in retelling a collective past. Some of her recent works include a series of constructions that incorporate silk-screened photographs addressing issues of identity, displacement, and acculturation. She is married to Legan Wong, has two children and is a grandmother.

Corky Lee, known as the "undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate," is a self-taught photographer, has been documenting Asian and Pacific American community for over 30 years. His work, which has been described as "only a small attempt to rectify omissions in our history text books," has appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, The Village Voice, Associated Press, The Villager and Downtown Express. In an interview in AsianWeek Lee commented: "I'd like to think that every time I take my camera out of my bag, it's like drawing a sword to combat indifference, injustice and discrimination, trying to get rid of stereotypes."


Event will be held at The Asian American Writers' Workshop, 110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor, Between 6th and 7th Avenues, New York, NY. Free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
"All in My Mind" - Panel Talk with Artists and Neuroscientists"

"All in My Mind" - Panel Talk with Artists and Neuroscientists
Day & Time: Tuesday, June 22 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Central Booking Gallery, 111 Front Street, Gallery 210, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

Participating Artists: Brian Alves, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Travis Childers, Barbara Confino, Elena Costelian, Thorsten Dennerline, Mary Hambleton, Nene Humphrey, Eva Lee, Linda Plotkin, Barbara Rosenthal, Paul Tecklenberg, Claire Watkins
All in My Mind is an informal talk about the brain and the connections between neuroscience and art. Three artists in the exhibition and two neuroscientists present their work and discuss what is in their minds when they do it. LeDoux, a neuroscientist, promises to perform a few songs he has written about mind and brain. This talk accompanies the Central Booking Gallery's current exhibition, "Anatomical/Microbial/Microcosms."



(via Central Booking Gallery)
(image via Supermammal)
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Thursday, June 3, 2010
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 Remember Tiannamen Massacre Protest Of 1989

On June 5, 1989, in response to the massacre of the students in Tiananmen Square, the Asian American Arts Centre in NY initiated a year long exhibition that eventually brought over 300 artists to participate to draw attention to this historic tragedy. After the exhibit traveled to several sites over the next few years and the calls to have it and the informative materials that accompanied it died away, the exhibition and the art work that it encompassed lay dormant. Now, on the occasion of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Student Movement this exhibition is being revised with this online presence for all to see. Much has passed and China may no longer be the China that it was. For this exhibition, this is not the issue. Tiananmen Square, however, must not be forgotten. At the very least, as a few of the art works claim, forgetting must be resisted. So many artists came forward to give selflessly to this cause, creating innumerable memorable images. Together with the media event this historic moment became, and the photographic record that became metaphors in themselves, these art works manifest the public response, the outcry and passion that was felt around the world. If there is any message of these art works to be remembered, like the image of that sole resistor who stood before a line of tanks stopping them in their tracks, it is to stand up for what you believe.
Remember Tiananmen Square...

This Online Exhibition is initiated today and is planned to be continuous, with no end date determined. For more information about this exhibition, see our exhibitions page HERE.
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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Alliance of New York State Arts Organization is urging all of us to reject the governor's proposed 40% cut! Save the Arts!

As a statewide service and advocacy organization, NYS ARTS is committed to engaging stakeholders to advocate for supportive arts policies and increased resources for the arts in New York State.
NYSArts message to our Legislators is SAVE THE ARTS in MY Community and REJECT the Governor's Proposed 40% Cut! Please demonstrate what the impact of a 40% cut will be in your community.
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Thursday, May 13, 2010
Experience + Exchange: A Conversation Between Community Champions

 (image by Simon Birtall)

Date: Wednesday, May 19th
Time: 7pm Doors Open | 7:30pm Program Begins
Location:
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), 215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

Reflect for a moment about Chinatown.
What images are evoked? What emotions?

Is the community featured prominently in any scenes from your past? Does it play a role in your life today?  How does it fit into your plans for the future?  Chances are, Chinatown means something a little different to every one of us and, regardless of our personal involvement with Chinatown, it is hard to deny the neighborhood's connection with the Chinese-American ethos.

It is therefore worth taking pause to identify our relationship with this neighborhood and further ask 
ourselves: What should our connection to Chinatown be?  And what, if anything, does Chinatown need from us? 
The Young Professionals program at MOCA has invited two individuals who have immersed their lives' work in thinking and working through these questions - Tomie Arai, a public artist whose work fundamentally draws on and incorporates its community context, and Thomas Yu, the Director of Housing Development at Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) and the Executive Director of Downtown Manhattan Community Development Corporation (DMCDC).   

Admission
: $10 suggestedFree for MOCA members!
Please RSVP by May 17th to Jenny Wong at jwong@mocanyc.org, and include any questions you'd like to ask our panelists!

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Sunday, May 9, 2010
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Bivas Chaudhuri is an artist in our Art Asia America digital archive's phase 1. He is currently the featured member of Asian American Arts Alliance.

Bivas Chaudhuri is an award-winning artist who was born in India. He was always fascinated by all forms of art especially three dimensional image making. He received his MFA from Brooklyn College after coming to the United States in the 1980s. His bicultural background and knowledge add a rich mosaic of ideas to his creative work. His work has been featured in Art News, Queens Chronicle, Art Forum, Ostee Anzeiger, The Telegraph, Economic Times, Seawanhaka, The Pioneer, Indo American Arts Council handbook, India in New York, World journal, Artspiral, India abroad, Deshi talk, News-India Times, Desh, Indian Express, Prabashi Anandabzar, Basumati and elsewhere. Work was shown and appeared on National TV, India, MalayasianTV, South African TV, Fix TV, Hungary.TV Asia, NY. ITV, NY.

To see the artist's recent work, click here.
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Saturday, May 1, 2010
Wing Tek Lum Reading In New York










Wing Tek Lum, one of our great funder will be reciting poetry from his manuscript on the Nanjing Massacre at Asian American Writers Workshop on Friday, May 7th, at 7pm.

Asian American Writers Workshop
6th Floor, 110 -112 West 27th Street (6th and 7th)

Apart of being one of our funder, Wing Tek Lum is the author of Expounding the Doubtful Points, a collection of poetry by the 1970 Discovery Award winner speaks of the author's Chinese American heritage: his ancestors in China, his family in Hawaii, and forging a Chinese American identity. He also speaks of racial discrimination and the obscenity of ethnic stereotypes with astute and unforgiving clarity.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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APRIL 23 - MAY 9, 2010
ARTISTS: Avani Patel & Nathalie Pham
VIEW PANELS HERE TO AUCTION

Bidding at Opening Reception April 22, 6-8pm
Closing Silent Auction & Mother's Day Party: Sunday, May 9th, 4pm-7pm

LOCATION: Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural (map)

Panels/artworks by the community from the outdoor installation "America's Chinatown Voices" at Columbus Park

About 80 - 90 red panels were painted by community people, children, artists & other New Yorkers from the previous installation "America's Chinatown Voices" will be mounted at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center. There will be a night where the panels will be auction.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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THE 31TH ANNUAL ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Date: Sunday May 2 2010, from 12pm - 6pm
Venue: Union Square Park
East 14th Street, between Broadway & Park Ave.
Festival Admission: FREE!
Website: A/P/A Heritage Festival


Featuring a variety of Folk artists from different backgrounds, five traditional artists/crafts people will be giving hands on demonstrations. As for this year, the artists joining Asian American Arts Centre are:

Karen Ahn: Korean Maedeup (Knotting)
Kavita Vyas: Mehandi artist
Ming Liang Lu: Master paper cutter of portraits
Jampa Youden : A Tibetan folk singer who also does traditional jewelry design.
Rose Sigal Ibsen : Sumi-e calligrapher
Ye Xun : Dough figurine master artist

Audiences will have the opportunity to interact with skilled folk artists who demonstrate their crafts and will have the opportunity to ask questions, make requests and the chance to learn and delight in the magic of a traditional craft! Go here to read more about our folk artists. This is an ideal event for families. The music, art and performances will delight both old and young alike. See you there this weekend!
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Monday, April 12, 2010
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For the past several years, the Asian American Arts Centre has held a series of slide slams, allowing new, young, or emerging artists the opportunity to present and talk about their work, meet and network with each other as well as with more established artists and critics/curators. Last year, the Centre hosted three slide slams, showcasing the work of fifteen artists working in various media.

ArtSlam will mount two ArtSlams this summer.

ArtSlam is an opportunity for artists to share their work with peers, general audience and art professionals in an open forum for critical exchange. This presentation can be done in slides or digital format.

We are inviting all artists of Asian and Asian-American descent as well as those who have been significantly influenced by Asia to submit their work for participation. (go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/13504173@N02/ to see picture of the past ArtSlams )


If you are interested in participating, please send us:
•6-10 images of your work (CD with images in jpg. format, slides or photographs are fine)
•1 page artist statement
•Abbreviated artist statement (2-3 lines) for the program
•Artist resume
•Completed information form (see http://artspiral.org/archive_submission.html)

Send all submission materials to:
Email: aaacinfo@artspiral.org
Or mail to: Asian American Arts Centre
111 Norfolk St., Ground Flr.
New York, NY 10002
ATTN: ArtSlam 2010
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Thunderstorm!

Princeton Chinese Theatre proudly presents:
its first production in New York: “Thunderstorm” (雷雨)

What: Cao Yu’s (曹禺) “Thunderstorm” (雷雨)
When: April 25, 2010 8 pm
Where: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

To book tickets: Reserve online here!
Or email ctheatre@princeton.edu
Or contact the Kaye Playhouse Box Office at (212) 650-3888

Thunderstorm
Thunderstorm, a milestone in Chinese modern theatre and the most popular dramatic work of Cao Yu, depicts the psychological and emotional turmoil and conflicts that two families of drastically different social statuses must endure as they share an unspeakable secret. Thunderstorm recounts the tragic tale of the prosperous Zhou family and the unfortunate Lu family, who are closely intertwined within a web of convoluted relationships, lies and betrayals. Compelling, unpredictable and heart-wrenching, PCT’s adaptation of this play from paper to stage maintains the essence of Cao Yu’s original masterpiece whilst laying bare the beautiful, the hopeful and the dark sides of human nature for all to see.

To learn more about the show, please go to http://www.princeton.edu/~ctheatre/en/en_main.html

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Monday, March 22, 2010
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Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presents 7 Continents 9 Lives: Intersecting Identities and Communities
A panel discussion on the work of poet activist Fay Chiang
Wednesday, Mar 24th, 6PM - 8PM
A/P/A Institute at NYU, 41-51 East 11th Street, 7th Floor Gallery
Featured speakers and readings by:Fay Chiang. Thulani Davis, NYU, Alana Ruben Free, Patricia Spears Jones, Renato Rosaldo, NYU, Jack Tchen, NYU. Moderated by Bob Holman, Publisher Bowery Books
Join A/P/A Institute at NYU for a discussion with scholars and writers to celebrate and analyze this important New York poet’s new collection of poems, 7 Continents 9 Lives, published by Bowery Books. Fay Chiang has long been part of the early ‘70s New York poetry scene and continues to influence a generation of young writers, slam poets, and activists.

A writer, artist and community/cultural organizer living and working in Chinatown and the Lower East Side of New York City for the past four decades, Chiang writes from her experiences as a woman of color of the working class. Her complex and layered poetry stem from a belief that culture is a psychological weapon to reclaim our past, define our present, and to envision possibilities for our future; that the development of culture is an integral part of progressive social change and social justice movements.

For more information go to this link
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
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EMERGING ASIAN ARTISTS –  ART PRIZES
Four Asian artists were nominated for Pulse Awards at the PULSE art fair  which took place in New York City and Miami between 4-7 March 2010: Shun Duk Kang from Korea, Hiroshige Furuhaka from Japan, Farsad Labbauf from Iran andSopheap Pich from Cambodia.
Though none of these four artists won either the PULSE award or the People’s Choice award, the fair gave them extensive exposure (they each won their own booths) and point to their status as emerging names in the global scene.
Shin Duk Kang, Heaven and Earth, 2008
Shin Duk Kang, Heaven and Earth, 2008
Shin Duk Kang, a South Korean artist, is represented by Seoul’s Galerie Pici. She creates installation art that reflect the limits of her material while evoking nature in her work. She also makes prints, which utilize geometric forms to continue exploring the subject of nature.
Hiroshige Fukuhara, The Night Became Starless, 2008
Hiroshige Fukuhara, The Night Became Starless, 2008
Ai Kowada Gallery 9 represents Hiroshige Fukuhara, who specialises in drawings with graphite and black gesso on wood. Viewers are drawn to the simplicity of his works, as well as the subtle addition of graphite, which makes his black-on-black drawings shimmer from certain angles. Before PULSE, he was featured in PS1’s 2001 show “BUZZ CLUB: News from Japan.”
Farsad Labbauf, Joseph, 2007
Farsad Labbauf, Joseph, 2007
Iranian artist Farsad Labbauf combines figurative painting with Iranian calligraphy to create a unified image, regardless of the content of the words or pictures within that image. He refers to his Persian heritage as his inspiration, especially its carpet-making tradition: that unrelated elements were able to come together in linear patterns to create a whole. He concludes that his work is “often an attempt for the union of the internal.”
Sopheap Pich, Cycle, 2005
Sopheap Pich, Cycle, 2005
Sopheap Pich is a Cambodian artist represented by Tyler Rollins Fine Art of New York. His work mostly consists of sculptures of bamboo and rattan that evoke both biomorphic figures and his childhood during the Khmer Rogue period. He has become a major figure in the Cambodian contemporary art scene.
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