Alumni Events Around the World
Dress Up, Speak Up is a multimedia exhibition exploring the role of costuming, iconography, and performance in constructing Identity and confronting history. With over 35 participating artists representing 22 nationalities, Dress Up, Speak Up delivers a global investigation of these concepts, while reconfiguring, reimagining, and reconstituting history to explore the legacy of European colonialism.
Grantee: Dinh Q. Le
One Hand Clapping, the third and final exhibition of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative, curated by ACC alumna Xiaoyu Weng,will present new commissions by Cao Fei, Duan Jianyu, Lin Yilin, Wong Ping, and Samson Young. These artists have been selected for their unconventional artistic practices, creative experimentation, and critical reflections on social conditions in a technologically mediated reality. Each will collaborate with the museum on individual site-specific projects that respond to interconnected ideas proposed by the curators of the initiative.
Grantee: Xiaoyu Weng
NOW explores how the diversity of current female artistic practice transcends notions of gender difference to offer hybrid perspectives on their socio-political environment. ACC alumni Li Shurui, Ma Quisha and Yin Xiuzhen are some of the most exciting female artists working in mainland China.
From giant installations and elusive sculptural pieces challenging and exploring everyday objects to powerful and other-worldly visual narratives, the huge variety of artworks found throughout the NOW programme, reflects the many viewpoints of artists in the wake of feminist movements of the past.
Then and Now includes an array of commissioned works by Asian American artists focused on exploring community-building and community-engaged arts with and within the Asian/American community in Philadelphia. The closing reception will feature live performances by Eiko Fan, and Saya Woolfalk with Annielille Gavino.
This exhibition is based on the perception that radical avoidance of food on the one hand, and its excessive consumption on the other, are deviations from the middle way; the two meet up where fine taste ends. Abstaining entirely from food as a performative artistic act that has exceeded its own limits is the core of Franz Kafka’s Hunger Artist. The tale’s hero fasts before an audience of spectators for forty days, until the audience grows bored. The artist continues to fast in a circus cage containing only hay. One day an inspector finds the artist dying under the hay, and asks him why he did not eat.
Grantee: Tsuyoshi Ozawa
The American Dance Festival continues to draw a dizzying array of talent. This year's festival will feature 53 performances by 26 companies and choreographers in 7 different venues. That includes 14 ADF debuts, 11 ADF commissions and 10 world premieres. That also includes more women choreographers as well as a showcase for local talent. ACC has supported ADF since 1984.
A historic panel titled “Why Do They Fall Down? The Story of Modern Dance in China” will celebrate 30 years of modern dance in China on Sunday, June 17th, 2:00-3:30pm at White Lecture Hall on Duke University's east campus. Panelists include Director Emeritus of ADF Charles L. Reinhart, Yang Meiqi, the founder and former director of the first modern dance company in China, China’s foremost dance expert Ou Jian-Ping, Ralph Samuelson, former director of the Asian Cultural Council, Michelle Vosper, former director of the Asian Cultural Council in Hong Kong, internationally celebrated choreographer Shen Wei, and former José Limón Company dancer Sarah Stackhouse. The event is free and open to the public.
Contemporary artist Jean Shin (American, born South Korea 1971) transforms everyday objects—worn-out shoes, fashion remnants, military uniforms—to create dynamic works about connection and belonging. Her installations, often made from donated and discarded materials, raise provocative questions about what, and how, we consume.
On view in this exhibition are six large-scale installations and a video that tell powerful stories about the military, the fashion industry, and Shin’s own Asian American community.
Grantee: Jean Shin
Twenty years ago in 1998, ACC grantee Basil Twist debuted his boundary-breaking response to Berlioz’s 1830 “Symphonie Fantastique” to universal acclaim, inaugurating HERE’s intimate Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. In the two decades since Symphonie Fantastique’s premiere, Basil Twist has become an internationally recognized artist in opera, ballet, and on Broadway, and has won countless awards including the illustrious MacArthur Fellowship. Twist will revisit his legendary masterpiece as part of HERE’s 25th Anniversary Season. In this revival, accompanied live by the virtuosic pianist Christopher O’Riley playing the exquisite Liszt transcription, Symphonie floats and swirls in a 1,000-gallon water tank neatly disguised as a puppet stage. For the many who never saw it, and for those who relish seeing it again and again, the return of this tour de force to HERE is the event of the season.
Grantee: Basil Twist
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, presents <How Little You Know About Me> the first in MMCA's 2018-19 exhibition series revolving around the keyword 'Asia'. <How Little You Know About Me> is a question we pose to ourselves ("how do we understand Asia?"), and also one that we raise against the images portrayed and labeled as Asia throughout history. In <How Little You Know About Me> "Asia" does not simply refer to a geographical region or identity -- it is a multifaceted critical framework that enables a new way of perceiving the world.
ACC alumni Yusuke Kamata is one of the 15 participating aratists in this group exhibition.
Grantee: Yusuke Kamata
Seeing is something most of us take for granted. Yet, to consciously see is surprisingly difficult, and as a result, we tend to miss much of what there is to see. An art museum is a place for “seeing,” “admiring,” and “thinking about” artworks. To the visitors to this exhibition, whether they normally enjoy viewing artworks or find it difficult, we would like to say, “First of all, begin by seeing well.” The exhibition “Adventures in ‘Seeing’” starts there.Open yourself to the artwork a little more than usual. Stand and view it 10 seconds longer than usual. After viewing it thoroughly, relax and view it a little more. Doing so, you will begin to see details you had not noticed, and your imagination will have time to come into play. Discoveries, surprises, and new feelings will come to you in an experience really no different from an adventure story.
Danny Chen is the son of Chinese immigrants, and a proud American. He enlists in the US Army in 2011, eager to serve his country. In boot camp, Danny is welcomed by his band of brothers. But in Afghanistan, his own base becomes enemy territory as military hazing turns deadly. Based on a true story, this world premiere of the new two-act opera by composer Huang Ruo and playwright David Henry Hwang, both ACC grantees, asks powerful questions about what it means to be an American.
Photograher and ACC grantee Koichiro Kurita has been inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, and his dream to increase the relationship between nature and humans, and by Henry Fox Talbot, a British scientist, inventor and photography pioneer who invented the salted paper and calotype processes, precursors to photographic processes of the later 19th and 20th centuries. Born in 1943, at age 40 Kurita began the pursuit of fine art photography as a way to describe his profound reverence for nature. Kurita became inspired to retreat to nature in order to learn by connecting to its beauty. The resulting photographs are large hand-coated platinum prints carefully printed on handmade Gampi vellum.
Grantee: Koichiro Kurita
180 Faces is the first exhibition of new work by ACC grantee and Chinese painter Liu Wei to be shown in the United States since 2000. Comprising 180 unique “portraits,” these paintings build upon an array of influences informing the artist’s work, from Chinese calligraphy to Expressionism, whilst marking an extraordinary foray into totally new territory. These paintings were first exhibited at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing in March 2018. In this series of paintings, made over the course of one year, Liu Wei demands that the viewer consider the works not as portraits of actual people, but as expressions of his own subconscious impulses.
Grantee: Wei Liu