Saturday, January 29, 2011
Walk in Manhattan's Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade with the Asian American Arts Centre!

Beverly Flannory @ FIT
Parade: Sunday, February 6th, 2011
Starts: 12:00pm (noon)

We would like to show that the arts are alive in Chinatown while celebrating the Year of the Rabbit!  Help represent the Asian American Arts Centre and show your own artistic creativity by wearing a costume and walking with our banner in the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade.

Lets show the arts through creative costumes!  As of now, costume ideas are open to your own interpretation, but lets focus on a slant of positivity, to promote the Asian American Arts in Chinatown, the New York City community and in celebration of Lunar New Year.

*You are welcome to invite others to join you.
*Costumes are not required but are highly encouraged.
*Collaborative costume ideas might be a good idea to make a greater impact.
*No political or religious agendas or confrontations

*The parade takes place on February 6, 2011 and participants must be able to arrive by 12 noon at a designated meeting spot (TBA)
*Lets make this a fun time and way to engage in the community through this band of costumed artists

Please RSVP to this email ASAP, and let me know if you plan on participating.  Please also give me an idea of your costume idea, if you know, and if you will be bringing others with you to march and how many.

You can let me know later what your costume idea is, but let me know ASAP if you would like to participate so we can get a count.

More details will follow!!

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Friday, January 28, 2011
Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity

The exhibition is currently taking place at SUArt Galleries' 
Duration of the exhibition is from January 25th to March 20th, 2011.

Curated by Blake Bradford, director of education at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia; Robert Lee, executive director of the Asian American Arts Center, New York; and Benito Huerta, associate professor & director of the Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Paul Keene,GenerationsLithograph, 1996
This exhibition features 63 multi-media works including paintings, works on paper, photographs and video by culturally diverse artists from across the United States. Infinite Mirror is realized through the collective efforts of Artrain, Inc. and a group of independent curators selecting works of art by established and emerging American artists.

The central theme is the use of portraiture and figuration as symbols for emotional and social ideas. Artwork in the exhibition uses portraiture to depict circumstances and experiences of multicultural populations in present-day America. The artwork is personal, reflective, autobiographical and of a high technical quality, creating an exhibition that is both visually beautiful as well as socially relevant. The exhibition includes the work of first generation Americans and emerging new immigrant artists that examines issues and themes of race, gender, religion, history, politics and family.

Tomie Arai, Peach Boy, Etching, 2003
Included are such internationally renowned artist as Luis Jimenez, Tomie Arai, Elizabeth Catlett and Faith Ringgold. Infinite Mirror was awarded grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts. Addition support from MetLife Foundation, the Michigan Council for the Arts and the International Fine Print Dealers Association.

More information at...
Artrain USA
International Arts & Artists
Syracuse University Art Galleries
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Hosook Kang - Exhibition at Gallery Korea of Korean Culture Service

Hosook Kang
January 12 – 28, 2011Gallery Korea of Korean Culture Service NY
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 12, 6 – 8 PM

Gallery Korea presents a special exhibition by Ho Sook Kang, a Korean-born artist living and working in Brooklyn. Having learned poetry, calligraphy, and Korean landscape painting at a young age, Kang’s work naturally draws upon such ancient traditions. Kang’s absorption in the natural world is rooted in the age-old belief that one may find solace or renewal through contemplation of landscape.

This exhibition shows the richness of her works which is exploring the beauty and volatility of the natural world. In this exhibition, her art can be seen as a movement in silent nature. As a drop of water, for example, comes to the sea and dust falls on the mountains, human beings also in the end exist as tiny specks of dust in nature. Accordingly, she describes the endlessly changeable and circular condition of nature by using dots in a general abstract pattern.
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Sunday, January 16, 2011
Epitaph at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center

Art Gallery Show

Presented by Circle Arts

Where:     Clemente Soto Velez Gallery

                 107 Suffolk Street (upstairs 2nd flr. follow signs)

                 New York, NY 10002
When:      January 16-29, 2011

Gallery Opening January 18, 2011 (Tuesday)
Time:      7:00pm-10:00pm

Featuring Artists: Betty T. Kao * Carrie Beehan aka Trystette * Courtney Flouer * Efrat Kedem * Jacek Gulla * James Shawn Crumb * Jen Upchurch * Jim Earl/Crash Robin * Kenneth Colosky * Nylaia-Silvia Prado dos Anjos * pamela.vitale * Shalom Neuman * Sean McCallum * Troy C. Frantz *

The visual artist has the ability to create an image which will last beyond their own existence. An epitaph is a written memorial. In this show the artists exhibit a visual epitaph, a commemoration, a self-portrait. Circle Arts creates the oppotunity of a lifetime, to present yourself in the light that you wish to be remembered.
Circle Arts, Inc. is an artist’s resource organization. We have a long history of producing and supporting art that is non-commercial or is far from the mainstream art world.
For more info, go to Circle Arts.
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Monday, January 10, 2011
Chinese Government Demolished Ai Weiwei's Studio

Authorities have stayed true to their decision to demolish ai weiwei's shanghai studio, located in the northern district of jiading. destruction of the building has begun.

Considered one of the most outspoken contemporary chinese artists / activists of our time,Ai Weiwei's studio was deemed illegal by the government who said it did not follow the proper building permits, so plans for the building's demolition were slated.

Funnily enough, it was also the government and jiading mayor sun jiwei who originally approached the artist two years ago, inviting him to open a studio space in the chinese city's agricultural district as part of their plan to develop into a cultural centre of the metropolis, and they had promised to help him acquire the necessary documents to erect the building.

Back in november 2010, the artist offered his supporters 10, 000 river crabs as a means of celebrating the government's order to demolish the structure. crabs as the dish of choice could be considered a bit of a political statement as the chinese name for the river crustaceans sounds like 'harmonize', a common figure of speech used by chinese authorities in reference to government censorship. More than 400 followers attended the successful event.

aerial view of the demolition site

ai weiwei's studio in the northern district of jiading in shanghai before demolition

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Friday, January 7, 2011
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'Never sorry' is the first feature length documentary on one of the most controversial
and iconic chinese contemporary artists of our time, ai weiwei whose voice on human rights issues
in china have resulted in his detainment, as well as the order to demolish his newly completed
work studio in shanghai, among other events. directed by beijing-based journalist and filmmaker
alison klayman, the film offers an intimate and scholarly portrait of the cultural figure,
whose art and activism has made headlines not only in his native homeland of china,
but around the globe.

Ai Weiwei's latest work 'sunflower seeds', fills the tate modern's turbine hall with millions of life-sized
hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds. the installation is on view until may 2nd, 2011.

Here is a little teaser of what to expect from 'never sorry':

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry TEASER from Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry on Vimeo.

Produced by MUSE film and television, 'ai weiwei: never sorry' is set to be released later this year.
for more info and updates you can visit the film's facebook page and twitter.
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Thursday, January 6, 2011
Sky Kim's solo exhibition at The Earville Opera House entitled SAMSARA

Date: Jan 8 - Feb 19, 2011
Location: Earville Opera House, Earville, NY 12222

 Sky Kim - Untitled work #1, (42 inches x 10 yards) 

The title of the exhibit is "SAMSARA" - It is a Sanskrit word meaning the eternal cycle of life.
Sky Kim works in a series of abstract painting/drawings that she would say captures the vital energy of all living beings through microscopic scanning.  The unusual size of the works show that Kim wishes to suggest a new boundary to drawing with her pieces that begin with a 10 yard roll of paper.

On an unconscious level, Kim's work is influenced by the loss of her twin sister at birth.  She believes that remembering her in her art is a way to complete her being in this life. Her scroll series is a record of the energy that she produces at the very moment of creation.  It records her personal time and space, as well as her raw emotion.  The work tells a story that develops over the length of the scroll.  She hopes for her audience to be able to ask themselves who they were before and who they are now as they view the work.  "Following one dot after another all the way into the core of my drawing and connecting dots of their own..." that might lead them to the center of their beings to discover wholeness.

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