Saturday, May 26, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
"Mystic Nostalgia" Exhibition of Tiffani Gyatso

Mystic Nostalgia reflects an internal process of the search for explanations of what we yearn to know but cannot name – the holes in open spaces and claustrophobic places – the longing for something that can not be known and is related to the mystic. This series of paintings reflects visions by artist Tiffani Gyatso that have come in relation to her own spiritual search guided by Buddhist principles through the obscurities of samsara. Within this journey, the Himalayas are perceived as a dream-like place, through the eyes of exiled natives who keep it beautiful in their memoires or those who create its image in a poetic way. The outer landscape is subsumed by the inner landscape of the mind. A Mongol princess sits in the woods alone. Everything around her is red and throbbing, but nothing happens. She hopes. A figure emerging from a rich tapestry of patterns holds a heart that reveals its indestructible and pure nature amidst the realms of suffering and pain. In this series, the spiritual journey and its pilgrimages through the inner places of love, heartbreak, fortitude, and trust are depicted in a way that allows the imagination to rest in the universal and ineffable realms of mystical beauty and imagination.

About the Artist
Tiffani Gyatso is a Brazilian artist who developed her diverse painting techniques in unconventional ways. Her teachers were “free souls” who crossed her path and transmitted their artistry and skills. She was accepted as the first foreigner to study tangka painting at the Norbulingka Institute, founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After this time, she was invited to coordinate and paint a large Buddhist temple in Brazil. Alongside traditional Tibetan works, she creates contemporary paintings influenced by traditional Tibetan art and inspired by people’s own inner “gods and demons”.

 Fore more information go to:
Tibet House
Tiffani Gyatso  - artist website

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Thursday, May 10, 2012
"Canutopia" Ming Fay at Grounds for Sculpture, Opens May 12

Ming Fay's exhibition "Canutopia" opens this Saturday, May 12th 2012 at Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey.

Over the course of six weeks, Chinese-born artist Ming Fay has transformed the brand-new EAST GALLERY for its first-ever installation, by creating a site-specific botanical utopia unlike anything visitors to the park have every seen in GFS galleries.  Canutopia is Fay's vision for a perfect future in which mankind is harmoniously enfolded into the realm of nature, represented by an immense floating forest canopy, lush and teeming with fanciful forms of flora a fauna.  Bowers of oversized fruits and seeds, draped and arrayed throughout the East Gallery will be populated with colorful, animated forms and shapes, existing easily alongside tiny cavorting humans, horses, and other creatures.
(statement via Grounds For Sculpture)

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Saturday, May 5, 2012
Round Tables talks at Tisch College

The Round Tables talks at Tisch College continue to prepare community based Arts Organizations with Higher Education Depts for the Imagine American Conference set for early October.

Paul Nagle is one of the speakers from the Cultural Strategies Initiative.

Cynthia Lee is speaking.  She is formerly of MoCA.
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Artist Yong Xu Zhang

Artist and painter Yong Xu Zhang (on the left) met with Bob Lee (Executive Director of AAAC).  He was exhibited at AAAC in 1990 in the Tiananmen Square Witnesses exhibition under the name "Deng" for as a student in  the Square he could not then risk using his real name.  His paintings were quite different from the 300 artists who took part in these Tiananmen Square exhibits.  Quite different from the tone of protest art was his allegorical and portrait art. 

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor Exhibition at Discovery Time Square

Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor, a new experiential adaptation of one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in modern time, opens at Discovery Times Square (226 West 44th Street) on April 27. The exhibition will feature the world premier of a set of gates from the Emperor’s tomb, which have never been seen outside of China, the U.S. debut of more than 20 artifacts, including a “Lai” Ding (cooking utensil) and a Bronze “He” (water or wine container), and an up-close look at 10 of the authentic, life-sized clay soldiers. 

Tickets are $19.50 (child 4-12), $25.00 (adult) and $22.50 (senior = 65) and available for purchase through the Discovery Times Square website (, by phone (212-987-9692) or by visiting the Discovery Times Square box office. For a limited time, you can get 20% off the full admission price by using the promotional code “96752”. For group and school sales, use the code “Qin” for special discounts.

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Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Radical Women Meeting 

"Invisibility is an Unnatural Disaster: 
Reflections of an Asian American Woman" 
Date: Thursday, May 24th, 2012
Time: 7:30PM
Freedom Hall, 113 W. 128th St.

This special meeting will feature an open discussion of this title work by feminist activist and author Mitsuye Yamada. The essay reflects the double invisibility based on being both Asian and a woman. A survivor of the U.S. internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, Yamada makes a powerful statement on the intersections of race, gender, and national identity.

A Pan-Asian dinner will be served at 7pm (donation $8). Door admission free.

Freedom Hall, 113 W. 128th St., Harlem. Between Malcolm X Blvd. (Lenox Ave.) and 7th Ave. Subways #2 or 3 to 125th St. For more information, call (212) 222-0633 or email Childcare provided. Wheelchair accessible. 
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Digimovie at Exit Art: "CENTURY OF BIRTHING"

Introduction and post-screening Q&A with Lav Diaz
Part of Corporal Histories: Lav Diaz's Epic Philippine Cinema 
Saturday, May 5 at 1:15 PM

Dir. Lav Diaz, 355 minutes, 2011, Philippines, In Tagalog and English w/ English subtitles.Screening includes two 15-minute intermissions.

Telling two seemingly unrelated tales, CENTURY OF BIRTHING is a grand meditation on the roles of the artist, the prophet and the acolyte. The first story focuses on Homer (Perry Dizon), a filmmaker who has spent years working on his latest opus — and still isn’t happy with it. Hounded by friends, co-workers and festival programmers to finish the damn thing, he resists every entreaty, countering a programmer’s pleas to send him the film with, “I don’t make films for festivals, I make them for cinema.” The second story concentrates on a Christian cult in a rural region — a group largely comprised of young women (referred to as “virgins”) and dominated by its charismatic leader, Father Turbico (Joel Torre). When one of the longest-standing members strays, the impact is catastrophic for both her and the cult. Told almost entirely in long takes that are alternately transfixing, claustrophobic and penetrating, CENTURY OF BIRTHING boasts exquisite black-and-white imagery. Indeed, it may be Diaz’s most entrancing film to date — and it’s certainly his most personal.

Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival 2011.

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**Please note that while this event is free and open to the public, our regular $10 admission fee will apply to the screening of Century of Birthing that begins at 1:15 PM. Audience members who are planning to attend the conversation and stay for the screening are encouraged to purchase their tickets to the screening on our website or in our lobby before the discussion.
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