Alumni Events Around the World
The play A Doll's House, part 2, picks up after Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House concludes and explores, in uproarious fashion, the emotional chaos that results when Nora Helmer returns to the home from which she exited fifteen years earlier.
The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, W Magazine and Time Out New York all call A Doll's House, Part 2 "the best play of the Broadway season."
A Doll's House, Part 2 is written by Tony Award nominee Lucas Hnath, directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold with lighting design by Jennifer Tipton. Jesse Green of The New York Times raves, “The best play of the year. I love A Doll's House, Part 2. This is a great comedy." Peter Marks of The Washington Post cheers, "I want do nothing but talk about A Doll’s House, Part 2 for the rest of my life.”
Grantee: Jennifer Tipton
In September 2017, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts will present leading international contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s first solo exhibition in Russia: Cai Guo-Qiang: October. A reflection on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the ambitious body of work originally created for the exhibition will transform the main exhibition areas of the museum.
Grantee: Guo-Qiang Cai
This exhibition is a major symbolic event representative of the emergent Chinese avant-garde artists who influence the art scene in China today. This generation of artists no longer relies on the political history background and they have become the players of a larger scene, global in every sense. It shows an understanding of Chinese art as a vital and outstanding way of dealing with political, social and aesthetic issues. Curated by Ami Barak. Out of the 18 artists exhibiting, 4 are ACC grantees.
After a month-long residency, 9 local and 2 international artists work with communities in Shitiping and Fuxing to create installations along Taiwan's East Coast in Fengbin Township.
In 2010, the Forestry Bureau started a wetland ecology preservation project in Fengbin to revive the contour rice paddies. The community in Fengbin collaborated with the Hualien Forest Bureau to rebuild the irrigation system. Water flowed into the rice paddies once again, and rice grew along the shore of the Pacific Ocean.
While the landscape and crops had been restored in Shitiping, the first sets of questions challenging the local people were how could they reclaim their social and cultural structure and value? To address this, the Mipaliw Wetland Art Festivals began in 2011.
Grantee: Sumi Dungi
This exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) by showcasing the contemporary art of the region and aims to be one of the largest Southeast Asian contemporary art exhibitions in history. The exhibition consists of 80 artworks by 86 artist groups from 10 ASEAN member countries and will be held simultaneously at 2 museums: National Art Center and Mori Art Museum. 19 ACC grantees are participating in this exhibition!
Grantees: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Aye Ko, Daravuth Ly, Dinh Q. Le, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Luong Tran, Lyra Teresa Abueg Garcellano, Mella Jaarsma, Montien Boonma, Navin Rawanchaikul, Robert R. Chabet, Roslisham Ismail, Sutthirat Supaparinya, Tiffany Chung, Uthit Atimana, Vasan Sitthiket, Htein Lin, Wen Lee
This exhibition explores the transformation of Asian popular culture during the 1960s and 1970s, a time when rapid economic development had the continent under its spell. As male actors were writing this history, the lives and voices of real women were being obscured by sociopolitical smokescreens, postcolonial experiences of the Cold War, and dictatorship. Many women shared similar experiences, regardless of location, during this period of rapid urbanization and economic growth. Here, the exhibition presents a comprehensive look at their forgotten discourse through a prism of Asian diva songs and popular cultural signals documented along trajectories inked in postcolonial modernity.
Shen Wei Dance Arts makes its Chicago debut with two masterpieces by ACC grantee and MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning choreographer and visual artist Shen Wei, known for his awe-inspiring
choreography for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Folding conjures up a dreamlike world at once ancient and timeless that draws “gasps of wonder and contemplation”from the audience (San Francisco Chronicle). The groundbreaking Rite of Spring, set to Stravinsky’s famed score, brings the fresh eye of the outsider to this well-known music. “The visual and emotional impact is overwhelming,” says The New York Times.
Shen Wei Dance Arts received several fellowships in support of dance exchanges between the US and China.
Grantee: Shen Wei
Kohei Nawa will exhibit works at two venues at the art, music and food festival, Reborn-Art Festival 2017, held in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture― Oginohama, Oshika Peninsula and the Kyu Kankeimaru Shoten in Ishinomaki city.
Grantee: Kohei Nawa
Throughout the summer at OCAT Personal Space is dedicated to the work of the young Beijing-based animation artist Lei Lei, and to the premiere of his latest moving image project Coming Soon. A feature-length animation, Coming Soon is the result of five years of hard work beginning in 2012. This stunning hand-crafted work of moving image takes its narrative from the life-story of Lei Lei’s grandfather Lei Ting. Combining drawing, collage, archival film and photos as well as footage of Lei Lei’s grandfather, Coming Soon is a remarkable feat of research and imagination, as the artist explores a complex historic era through the eyes of his generation and his own singular perspective. Both Lei Ting and Lei Lei’s father, Lei Jiaqi, were involved in this animation’s production, which lends the piece a subtle intimacy and great emotional force.
Grantee: Lei Lei
Moving Mountains is inspired by the ancient tale of a man, whom some called foolish, for seeking to move a mountain. Yang Fudong makes this story a poetic reflection upon human nature and the shifting values to which it can be subject, presented in a 46-minute black-and-white film, Moving Mountains, complete in November 2016 at the invitation of the Rolls-Royce Art Programme.
Grantee: Fudong Yang
Reimagining and fusing the biblical story of Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden and the vivid dream of Du Liniang in The Peony Pavilion, Paradise Interrupted opens with a woman alone onstage, dreaming of an erotic encounter with her ideal lover. This dream triggers a psychological journey through a surreal, interactive garden made from dynamic paper sculptures.
This kunqu opera was co-produced by the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), New York Lincoln Center and Spoleto Festival USA. Three workshops that give the audience a chance to interact with the opera's director and performers will be held in the arts center in Kaohsiung Sept. 8-10.
Grantee: Jennifer Ma
Trojan Women is a contemporary Asian musical created from K-pop and pansori, the 400-year-old Korean genre of musical storytelling anointed as a UNESCO Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Directed by SIFA Founding Festival Director, Ong Keng Sen, in a collaboration with the National Theater Of Korea, this production took Seoul by storm at the close of 2016 and is being staged for the first time outside Korea.
From the essence of a tale said to have happened around 1200BC that intrigued Homer, Trojan Women has been reinvented. Composed by celebrated master-artist, pansori singer and National Treasure, Ms Anh Sook-sun, in collaboration with K-pop composer extraordinaire, Jung Jae-Il, Trojan Women tells the story of women in war in a showcase of gripping power and cross-cultural beauty.
In keeping with the work’s strong gender perspectives, renowned Beijing choreographer Wen Hui joins the production with her signature movement work drawing from the daily lives of women. SIFA began its life with the acclaimed Korean adaptation of another Greek classic “Oedipus”. Founding Festival Director Ong remembers this and, in his last season, invites Korean playwright Bae Sam-sik to recast Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1965 adaptation of "The Trojan Women", the Greek classic by Euripides.
Double Square Gallery is pleased to present Not the Chelsea Hotel - ISA HO solo exhibition, on view from July 29 to September 3. The exhibition will showcase Isa Ho’s ongoing series of the “Westbeth” project and the newly developed serial work “My Peony Pavilion.” While the subject matter of the two series seem to sit on the opposite end of a spectrum: the young and the elderly, the East and the West; the difference between the series embodies Ho’s continual focus on socio-cultural issues. The “Westbeth” series was inspired by and shot at the Westbeth Artists Housing in New York, where Ho spent over four years documenting the senior artists living there, their daily lives and environment. “My Peony Pavilion” utilizes and blends the traditional Chinese Kunqu Opera and Korean popular music K-pop to picture female self-identity in two juxtaposed temporal and spatial frameworks, by leveraging similar pop culture element. The exhibition title Not the Chelsea Hotel (Chinese Title: The Black Swan Effect) points to a key concept: the everyday mundaneness taken for granted might be overturned by a new piece of information – just as when a black swan was “discovered” by an explorer in Australia in 1697, only then people started to realize not all swans were white and their understanding was partial. The concept of the Black Swan Effect becomes the connecting thread: through presenting the two series together in this show, the artist wants to inform the audience’s preconceived notions of facts having the possibility to formulate utterly opposing meanings, once approached with a new angle with a new piece of information presented.
Grantee: Meng Chuan Isa Ho
TAO Dance Theatre, China’s most championed contemporary dance company which has taken Shanghai, Melbourne, London, Amsterdam and New York by storm, makes its first appearance in Malaysia with Tao 6 & 8 at George Town Festival 2017. Beijing-based acclaimed choreographer Tao Ye brings you the two of his “Straight Line Trilogy” Series, 6 and 8.
A ground breaking dance, and the last of its series, 8 has eight dancers lying on the ground, exploring the possibilities of the body movement when it is restricted to floor.
Formed in 2008 by Beijing-based choreographer Tao Ye, TAO Dance Theatre is known for its mixture of art forms, including film and visual art, creating work that has a mesmeric, trance-like quality.
Grantee: TAO Dance Theater
The exhibition “Crisscrossing East and West: The Remaking of Ink Art in Contemporary East Asia ” is curated by Mr. Cha Chi Jason WANG and consists of works by 27 artists from China and other countries. The artists achieve conceptual transformation creatively through the use of heterogeneous materials, concepts, and formal techniques. “Crisscrossing East and West” as the theme of the exhibition also calls for broader visions and insights to widen the realm of ink art.
Wu Chi-Tsung received a six-month ACC Fellowship in 2013 for creative research in New York City.
Grantee: Chi-Tsung Wu
Almost 250 years ago, the Royal Academy’s founding members agreed to hold an “Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures and Designs … open to all Artists.”
Everything you’ll see at the Summer Exhibition represents the art being made today. Expect to find a panorama of art in all media, from painting, printmaking, film and photography to sculpture, architectural works and performance art.
Grantee: Arata Isozaki