Alumni Events Around the World
whatdoesfreemean?, a new play by award-winning human rights playwright and ACC grantee Catherine Filloux, follows the journey of an African-American woman serving a long sentence for a non-violent drug offense. When Mary ends up in solitary confinement, she struggles to maintain her sanity in the face of loneliness, indifference, human cruelty, and loss. The play takes the audience into her psychic world. We travel alongside her self-guided intellectual and emotional journey into the nature of freedom, both physical and psychological as Marys external and internal experience unfolds on stage in the present, in memory, and in the fantasies that help her survive.
Grantee: Catherine Filloux
To celebrate the publication of the One Hand Clapping exhibition catalogue, the Guggenheim presents an evening of readings by a roster of international poets including Tan Lin, Feliz Lucia Molina, Sawako Nakayasu, Lynn Xu, and catalogue contributor Nicholas Wong. Each poet will present new works addressing themes explored in the exhibition and accompanying catalogue, following a short conversation with catalogue designer Chris Wu and editor Andrew Maerkle. This event is guest curated by visual artist/poet and ACC alumna Jen Bervin in collaboration with exhibition curator and ACC alumnus Xiaoyu Weng.
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.
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
Two ACC alumni will collaborate! For more than 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 60 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world's most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 900 works and arrangements for string quartet.
Soo Yeon Lyuh is a haegeum (Korean two-string fiddle) player, composer and improviser. Rigorously trained in court and folk repertories from a young age, Lyuh is known for her masterful performances of new compositions for the haegeum. In Korea, she served as a member of the National Gugak Center’s new music troupe for over a decade. Deeply invested in exploring new musical possibilities via improvisation, Lyuh seeks to continually expand contemporary haegeum possibilities through work with new media and technology.
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.
Grantee: Hiraku Suzuki
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
Virtuosic composer/vocalist and ACC grantee Amirtha Kidambi continues her 2018 residency with Roulette to present the world premiere of Lines of Light. The piece is inspired by the title of the late Muhal Richard Abrams’s Levels and Degrees of Light and medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen’s reference to her vision of God as “The Shade of the Living Light” and brings together a group of female vocal powerhouses. Featuring Jean Carla Rodea, Anaïs Maviel, Emilie Lesbros, and Charmaine Lee, the quartet is a structured improvisation, intended to allow each vocalist to exercise maximum creativity within the larger framework of the piece.
Grantee: Amirtha Kidambi
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
SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, curated by Artistic Director Mami Kataoka, presents the work of 70 artists and artist collectives from 35 countries at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
The Biennale of Sydney is located on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. The Biennale acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land and pay respect to Elders, both past and present.
ACC grantee Bulareyaung Pagarlava collaborates with Luluna Bunun Choir, a tribal choir well known for its rich voice tradition, in bringing the pristine movements and sounds from the Mother Nature. Don't miss the rare chance to see the music and hear the dance from Taiwan.
Grantee: Bulareyaung Pagarlava
Leading 20th century photographer William Klein had a decisive influence on modern visual culture with his expression that went beyond genres such as photography, movies, design and fashion, and his works capturing the cities of the world, including New York, Rome, Moscow, Tokyo, Paris, etc. In this exhibition, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT introduces the city vision of Klein and Japanese and Asian photographers trying to examine the cities and people of the 21st century with a fresh perspective and greatly transcend the frames of conventional photos.
The Shanghai-born, New York-based photographer and ACC grantee Shen Wei is the master of seductive intimate portraits, poetic landscapes, still-lives and erotic botanic images. His work is a fine balance between private and public spheres. He often challenges his traditional but conservative culture by explicit self-portraits and nudity. Following his series “Chinese Sentiment” being consistent with his sensual and emotional style, Shen turned the lens upon himself, producing “I Miss You Already”, a series of achingly sentimental nude self-portraits revealing his processes of self-reflection and discovery.
Grantee: Shen Wei, Photographer
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, is a solo exhibition by visual artist and ACC grantee Apichatpong Weerasethakul and is curated by ACC grantee Gridthiya Gaweewong. A leading figure in contemporary film and art, Apichatpong Weerasethakul has developed a singular realist-surrealist style in which he portrays the everyday alongside supernatural elements, suggesting a distortion between fact and folklore, the subconscious and the exposed, and various disparities of power. The artist’s passionate positions regarding class, labor, sexuality, science, and spirituality have informed his practice from early in his career to the present, and his work reveals stories often excluded in history in and out of Thailand: voices of the poor and the ill, marginalized beings, and those silenced and censored for personal and political reasons.
Curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, uniquely presents a selected survey of rarely seen experimental short films and video installations by Weerasethakul, alongside his photography, drawings, sketches, and archival material that explore threads of sociopolitical commentary. In tandem with the exhibition, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will present a retrospective of the director’s theatrical releases in its Samuel Roberts Noble Theater. The exhibition will also feature a special opening event for the Museum’s recently launched Film Society.
Fragility: An Exploration of Polyrhythms is the world premiere of drummer/composer and ACC grantee Susie Ibarra’s new immersive performance. Drawing on deep knowledge of Asian and jazz percussive traditions, Ibarra leads audiences on a journey into a mesmerizing musical environment. An ensemble of seven musicians creates multi-layered, expansive sonic textures. Dancer Souleymane Badolo interacts with custom-built motion capture technology in which the dancer’s movements trigger recorded sounds to create a live rhythmic composition.
In this US premiere, acclaimed Australian composer Liza Lim dissolves boundaries to create holes in the world—perforations in which we might encounter more than one existence. Two-headed birds and layers of light conjure a magical world under ACC grantee and Director Ong Keng Sen (Facing Goya; 2014) in this dramatic work inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s art book by the same name. Two singers take on multiple characters as the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, led by John Kennedy, weaves a descriptive soundscape full of the intricate details that attract us to fantasy.
La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival is presented at The Ellen Stewart Theatre and the Downstairs Theatre & Lounge. This season's programming continues to support La MaMa's commitment to presenting diverse performance styles that challenge audience's perception of dance, and will feature performance/installations, experimental film screenings & public symposiums which address dance artists' engagement with the current political climate, as well as honoring diasporic histories and legacy, ancestral inspirations and inter-generational dialogue.
Internationally acclaimed composer and artist -- and ACC alumnus -- Shuta Hasunuma is known for his engagement in a wide variety of music-related activities, as a composer, producer, collaborator in genres like film, theater and dance, as well as his Hasunuma Philharmonic Orchestra, which presents concerts among musicians from different musical backgrounds. Hasunuma will present video, sound, sculpture and other works in which he has extracted the key elements of his creative process, namely, fieldwork, collaboration, and phenomena. The exhibition will consider new relationships and coexistences among people, and between humans and non-humans, while at the same time composing works for exhibition to create a singular harmony.
Grantee: Shuta Hasunuma
Papermoon Puppet Theatre (ACC 2008) is a renowned collective based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. To date, they have created more than 20 performances and visual art installations and exhibitions, which they have toured to more than 10 countries since 2006.
They are performing as part of the Southeast Asian Tour of their newest work, "Puno: Letters to the Sky." An original play for adults and children ages 7 and above, the work is an ode to losing our loved ones and is inspired by ACC fellow Don Salubayba.
Grantee: Maria Tri Sulistyani
For his latest piece, titled Oscar Oiwa in Paradise – Drawing the Ephemeral, the artist used 120 black marker pens to adorn an entire inflatable dome with illustrations of imaginative pathways, mythical forests, and swirling skies. Created exclusively for JAPAN HOUSE São Paulo, the installation took two weeks to complete with the help of five assistants. Visitors are invited to enter the vinyl balloon, where they can experience Oiwa’s otherworldly, imaginary landscape. The colossal, monochrome drawing covers every surface of the 10 x 7 x 4 meter vinyl surface, and is influenced by the artist’s love of comic book art, and the Brazilian urban environment.
Grantee: Oscar Satio Oiwa
What would our world look like 32 years from now? Over fifty international and Taiwanese artists will seek to uncover the future through art at this first joint venture by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
"2050: A Brief History of the Future," which was presented at the Louvre in 2016, will run in Taichung from March 24 through June 3 to elaborate on the concepts first proposed by French economist Jacques Attali in the 2006 bestseller "A Brief History of the Future."
Attali speculates on human and technological development in face of troubling population growth, overexploitation of resources, social inequality, and religious wars. Curator Pierre-Yves Desaive has expanded upon this framework to mount an exhibition with a Taiwanese perspective.
Grantee: I-Chen Kuo
Join ACC grantees and artists Anne Percoco and Ellie Irons as they lead Interference Archive's Weed and Seed walk on Saturday, June 2nd for an afternoon weed walk through Gowanus. The neighborhood is the perfect place to explore plants growing on superfund sites and brown fields, out of the side of buildings or cracks in the sidewalk, or from other former or current sites of human infrastructure or activity. After exploring, everyone will head back to Interference Archive for a conversation about some of the material in their archival collection that helps to understand climate change and sustainability.
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The exhibition remembers the past and captures the diversity and transformation of the current Vietnamese American community. VIET STORIES incorporates the history of refugees and immigrants from Vietnam through historical photographs, documents, artifacts, oral history interviews, and original artwork by prominent Vietnamese American artists.
"The New Island of Meshima" reinterprets the contemporary experimentation of traditional culture with theatrical dance. This work, which was rated as “representing the world and being highly representative of Taiwan,” is a classic that tells Taiwan’s traditional elements in the modern language of the theatre, integrates Taiwan’s native cultural symbols and observations of gender, and draws profound traction.
ACC alumnus Hiraku Suzuki's solo exhibition "Traffic" applies his methodology of ‘excavation’, in the sense that he seeks to express what is beyond time, but still occupying given space. His method has now gone on to a higher level. It is tempting to say his ‘excavations’ are conducted to dig out the crossroads between time and space.
Grantee: Hiraku Suzuki
Sandra Eula Lee’s work is inspired by the temporary structures built by residents in Beijing where neighborhoods underwent constant demolition and relocation of communities. These structures include make-shift stands, small ‘impromptu’ gardens, and improvised spaces. Her installation pays tribute to the enduring human spirit found in these everyday creative acts.
Grantee: Sandra Eula Lee
Two rebellious choreographers－ ACC alumni Pichet Klunchun, an innovator in classical Thai classical dance and Chen Wu-kang, founder of Taiwan’s first all-male dance company HORSE－encounter in Behalf. Through an eloquent body dialogue that transcends documented history, defined geography and social taboos, they go to great lengths in dance to dethrone any gods proclaiming to be.
When "local" and "other" meet, it can stir the beginning of unrest. It overlaps, increases, and produces various kinds of insights. Thinking lines, the art exhibitions developed on this theme can be taken as an introduction, leaving open and free imagination space to watch the public.
The three decades from 1970s to 1990s may be brief in the grand scheme of history, but seeing from a global context for Taiwan, this span of time was a critical and important transitional period for Taiwan’s internal and international affairs, cross-strait development with China, and also socio-economical shifts and changes.
Under the intense social tension before and post martial law, Taiwanese photographers, from the main island of Taiwan and its outlying islands, up in the mountains or by the coastal shore, compared with those in other creative practices such as literature or painting, sought to use photography to portray and even interpret the different emotions and ups and downs unfolding in that era, as they engaged in society and interacted closely with various communities including Hokkien, Hakka, mainlanders, and indigenous groups, responding to external challenges in reality and extended inwards to examine life.
After decades of distillation and accretion, these photographic works have, in the interim, augmented the important ethos and practical foundation of photography internally in Taiwan, through the expansion of its format and phraseology. The transfixed and distinct ethic features in these artworks and also the continually overlapping and subtle contours of the islands not only serve as clues and memories for us to look back upon and use as references for constructing history; the viewpoints of the photographers have also become dignified reflective and direct “gazes” for the islands today and for this era of uproar.
Grantee: Chao-Liang Shen
“Songs for Sabotage,” the fourth New Museum Triennial, questions how individuals and collectives around the world might effectively address the connection of images and culture to the forces that structure our society.
The New Museum Triennial is the only recurring international exhibition in New York City devoted to emerging artists from around the world, providing an important platform for a new generation of artists who are shaping the current discourse of contemporary art and the future of culture. The first edition was initiated in 2009 with “Younger Than Jesus,” organized by Massimiliano Gioni, Laura Hoptman, and Lauren Cornell. The second Triennial, “The Ungovernables,” was organized by Eungie Joo in 2012. The third Triennial, “Surround Audience,” was organized by Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin with Sara O’Keeffe and Helga Christoffersen in 2015.
Grantee: Ta Song
Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday exhibition explores contemporary folk pottery produced within the diversity of ethnic minorities and Han people across China. It examines pottery from three perspectives: production values, functions, and aesthetics.
Grantee: Marie Woo
The third installment of ACC grantee and dancer/choreographer Kota Yamazaki’s Darkness Odyssey series is a non-operatic celebration of “becoming others”. Inspired by writings of authors Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, and Butoh pioneer Tatsumi Hijikata’s notion of “dance of darkness”, the series explores the idea of the body as a black hole.
Grantee: Kota Yamazaki
This outdoor exhibition features thirteen artists -- 3 of the artists ACC grantees -- whose work seeks to make visible the wildness that lies just below the city’s concrete.
In this exhibition, offering an exceptional combination of talents, ten contemporary artistic outlooks are brought together, expressing their visions in a range of languages, from painting to fashion, from digital design to music. They have drawn inspiration from the specifics of a unique medium, and have observed Alcantara® in all its various declinations and potential, exploring its invention and production processes, working with technicians and experts, be it along independent paths or through innovative collaboration projects.
The ten artists called upon to interpret nine different space-time expeditions launched by Alcantara from the Apartment of the Prince are: ACC alumna Li Shurui, Aaajiao, Andrea Anastasio, Caterina Barbieri, Krijn De Koning, Chiharu Shiota, Esther Stocker and Iris Van Herpen, Zeitguised, Zimoun.
Grantee: Shurui Li
ACC grantee Dinh Q. Lê revisits this historical event to create stunning photo-montages where he weaves photographic strips into a tapestry of images, a continuation of his artistic practice in the medium of print and paper. From elaborate cyanotypes to exquisite foiling works, Lê examines and captures the splendour and darkness of Cambodian history through its enduring legacy of architectural monuments and photographic memorials. His works encapsulate the common human experience of loss and redemption, merging Eastern and Western cultures, as well as personal and fictional realities.
Into its 41st year, Singapore International Festival of Arts 2018 presents diverse and distinctive works from Singapore and around the world that ignites the imagination, inspires myriad audiences, and provokes reflection and dialogue. Get ready for a plethora of theatre, music, dance, literary and visual arts at the pinnacle arts festival that will happen over three weekends from 26 April to 12 May, and across over ten performance spaces, including the Festival House, located at The Arts House.
ACC alumna and experimental filmmaker and poet Abigail Child premiere's one short and one feature length film on May 5.
Grantee: Abigail Child
“HARSH ASTRAL” is the conceptual continuation of the exhibition “The Radiants” presented by Bortolami Gallery in New York in 2015. While the theme there was radioactivity in the broadest sense set against the background of the fourth anniversary of the earthquake and resulting crisis in the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi, which prompted the foundation of both the Green Tea Gallery and the UNITED BROTHERS, “HARSH ASTRAL. The Radiants 2” brings together works that revolve not only around radioactivity, but loosely and associatively follow the motif of radiation, transformation and energy in general, thus spreading out in different directions.
Flowers Cracking Concrete: Eiko & Koma in Performance and Conversation with author Rosemary Candelario
After more than 40 years as an acclaimed duo whose innovative and influential modern and postmodern dance was central to the American avant-garde dance scene, Eiko Otake and Takashi (Koma) Otake are now exploring solo work.
Following solo performances by both Eiko and Koma, author Rosemary Candelario — whose book Flowers Cracking Concrete: Eiko & Koma’s Asian/American Choreographies is the first in-depth study of Eiko & Koma’s work — talks with them about their history, the recurring themes of their work and what it's like to perform as soloists for the first time.
Grantee: Eiko & Koma Otake
Matthew Aucoin’s new dramatic cantata, The Orphic Moment, is paired with an innovative staging of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, in a version specially re-conceived for MasterVoices. The effect is a provocative probing of the psychology of Orpheus’ crucial turning point, conducted by Ted Sperling, directed by Zack Winokur with scenic design by ACC grantee Douglas Fitch, featuring countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, soprano Kiera Duffy, soprano Lauren Snouffer, dancer Bobbi Jene Smith, and violinist Keir GoGwilt, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the MasterVoices chorus.
Grantee: Douglas Fitch
With enormous projects inside and outside Japan, world-class architect and ACC alumnus Kengo Kuma (b. 1954) is constantly on the move. This exhibition is a major survey of his projects from the past 30 years, projects underpinned by Kuma's intimate knowledge of Eastern and Western thought, both past and present, and his own innovative concepts, which include ideas on “makeru kenchiku (losing architecture)” and “shizen na kenchiku (natural architecture).” The exhibition focuses in particular on materials, which Kuma has dialoged with extensively through his work. It organizes his architecture, product designs and other achievements not chronologically but rather by the category of primary material, including bamboo, wood, paper, stone and earth, in an attempt to provide an overview of Kuma's work from the standpoint of “things.”
Grantee: Kengo Kuma
And Here We Are is the new shadow puppet opera from Experiments in Opera co-founder Matthew Welch, with a libretto by Daniel Neer. It tells the inspiring story of one man’s survival in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines during WWII and speaks to the power of music to create bonds between cultures and transcend the greatest adversities. This evening-length opera for four vocalists and a unique orchestra will be staged using an updated take on traditional Javanese shadow puppetry by director and designer Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew.
And Here We Are is based on the memoirs of Matthew’s Manila-born great uncle Edgar Needler, a young singer trapped in the Philippines when World War II broke out and thus held in a Japanese prison camp. The story follows Edgar’s relationships with his fellow prisoners and the guards at the camp. He also has many visions and visitations from his future singing coach Eva Gauthier. He seeks interned spiritual advisors who become key figures in his journey through the hellish environment of the camp and back to the world of the living to sing his song.
Grantee: Matthew Welch
ACC grantee Elises Thoron adapted and directs THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that chronicles the life of Oscar de León, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey. Oscar is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Performed by artist Elvis Nolasco (“American Crime”, “She’s Gotta Have It”), this production shows the importance of facing fear with love.
In collaboration with Literature to Life, each performance will feature a short pre- and post-performance discussion.
Grantee: Elise Thoron
In “Shadows” at Long March Space, Liu Wei shifts his interest from color-field abstraction to
how shadows land on materials imbibed with their own sensitivity. Liu Wei’s recent large-scale installations and paintings continue to reflect his sensitivity towards urban texture in China’s post-planning era. In his own abstract and streamlined fashion, he retains a certain material and affective tension which parallels the deliriousness of the landscapes around him. His 2015 solo exhibition “Colors” at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art explored the politics inherent in abstract blocks of color: negating the image of things is in fact a violent process, leaving a strong physical impression.
Grantee: Wei Liu
ACC alumnus Tadashi Kawamata’s artisanal practice places him at a distance from the spotlight and the gossip columns of the art world. His work is always the result of a deep, personal commitment. Though he began his training as a painter, Kawamata soon turned to a more hands-on form of artistic practice. ‘I don’t trust things I can’t touch. Maybe that’s why I stick to tangible, concrete materials,’ he says. His installations and preparatory models are all made of wood. For Kawamata, this natural, easy to find material is the most democratic available.
Grantee: Tadashi Kawamata
CMS Workshops at GHMS feature three days of intensive workshops, master classes, intimate concerts and informal jam sessions that inspire active listening, personal expression, improvisation and musical exploration. Musicians of any instrument, including voice, are welcome as are non-musicians.
Grantee: Jennifer Shyu
There will be a film showing of “Dancing around the world – Manila” by Nejla Yatkin (German-American Choreographer), “Free” by Ea Torrado and (Mark Valino- Filipino Canadian Video Artist), a live performance of “Glitters” by Daloy Dance Company, a Movement workshop by Ea Torrado, then finally a Music and Movement Jam.
Ikue Mori and Ami Yamasaki will hold a duo performance, followed by performances by MV Carbon, Charmaine Lee, Julia Santoli, Vveiss, and Will Shore.
Grantee: Ami Yamasaki
The works of Japanese artists have occasionally been shown in Cuba through events such as the Havana Biennial, but this is the first exhibition to present a substantial collection of Japanese contemporary art. Rather than simply feature works by artists living in modern-day Japan, the exhibition is created through dialogue and collaboration between Japanese and Cuban curators, and with Japanese artists working together with Cuban artists and local communities. It presents mainly new works—including paintings, photographs, videos, and installations—by seven Japanese (and ACC alumna Yuko Mohri is one of the artists) and four Cuban artists at Cuba’s leading contemporary art museum, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam. The exhibition will travel to Tokyo, Japan in June, after it wraps up in Cuba.
Grantee: Yuko Mohri
ACC grantee and Vietnamese-American artist Dinh Q. Lê creates a new series of woven photographs exploring the sexual revolution in Vietnam through the internet, investigating the factors driving society's moral attitude toward sexuality and the liberation of stigmas.
On April 28 + 29, 2018, artists in DUMBO will open their doors to the public as a part of DUMBO Open Studios, giving visitors a look into studios and workspaces across the Brooklyn waterfront. This event is free and open to the public.
This unique concert presents Korean traditional music by artist, and ACC alumni, gamin, performed alongside active New York-based American wind and percussion instrument players Ned Rothenberg -- also an ACC alumnus -- Jeff Fairbanks, and Satoshi Takeishi. Artists play Korean traditional instruments such as piri, the Korean bamboo-oboe as well as saxophone, clarinet, trombone, and shakuhachi, the Japanese flute. This performance encourages the audience to learn about the Korean wind instrument piri and pungnyu, an artistic form of recreation, intrinsic to a tasteful lifestyle and relevant to Koreans’ collective and individual entertainment culture.
Build A Community On Street: Project House uses pop-up strategy to tackle the phenomenon of ground-level vacant shops and the social demand for community spaces, creating a win-win situation of which creates both commercial value for the landlord and social values for community development.
Grantee: Sarah Sze-wa Mui
This ember state is a voice and sound performance work created by Samita Sinha in collaboration with Dean Moss and Cenk Ergün. This Asia Society commission is a radical deconstruction of Indian classical music to investigate psyches of sexuality and gender. Sinha uses as a point of departure the myth of Sati—the Hindu goddess who self-immolates in sacrifice—and the idea of dark matter.
Sinha’s distinctive vocal work and Ergün’s live composing on self-built electronic instruments create a potent sonic environment. During this hour-long journey, sound travels within and outside her body and the gallery walls in which she performs, enveloping and transporting witnesses of the work. This piece was created in residency at Asia Society and is presented in an intimate gallery setting with a maximum capacity of 25 people per performance.
Grantee: Richard Dean Moss
The Wesleyan University Orchestra under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina performs the world premiere of Guggenheim Fellow composer and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim's One Sky II (2018). The concert will be opened by Wesleyan's Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble and cross-cultural performances by faculty and students from Korea, China, Japan, Iran, and the United States; and followed by a Q&A with the audience about their musical experiences.
Grantee: Jin Hi Kim
“A Colossal World” investigates the reciprocal channels of influence established between multiple generations of Japanese artists and the city of New York. While these artists absorbed elements of New York’s culture into new artworks, they also impacted and enriched New York’s culture itself. This exhibition, though not claiming to be a historical or academic in-depth study, aims to help trace the evolution of this vibrant exchange from Japan’s post-World-War-II economic boom to the present, from mid-century avant-gardes to emerging contemporary artists pushing new boundaries.
In The goddess and the god separate under the peach tree, Miwa Yanagi's solo exhibition, Ms. Yanagi associates Japanese mythology with Fukushima, Japan´s last major tragedy. The peach-trees photographed by Yanagi are located in the district of Fukushima and their fruits had been hit by harmful rumors. Now they are checked for radioactive contamination and that Fukushima's commercially available products are safe. They are the witnesses, as well as victims of this event.
Explore the art and culture of the Incas, the Aztecs, and their predecessors through the lens of contemporary artist and ACC alumna Teresita Fernández. This program is free.
Grantee: Teresita Fernandez
French bass virtuoso François Moutin and adventurous New York-born vocalist and ACC grantee Kavita Shah present "Interplay," their first duo record of jazz standards and original music adapted to this unique instrumentation. The 11 tracks include legendary guests and octogenarians Martial Solal on piano and NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan on vocals, who join Moutin and Shah on an improvisational journey across lyric-driven and wordless pieces alike.
Grantee: Kavita Shah
Kyungmi Kim, Kayla Farrish/Decent Structures Arts , Maleek Washington | Movement Research at the Judson Church
ACC grantee Kyungmi Kim, a dancer from Korea, is currently on her ACC New York Fellowship. She will be participating in the Movement Research Artists-in-Residence program -- a free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists, and join Movement Research Artists-In-Residence and international guests each season in performing at the historic Judson Memorial Church.
Grantee: Kyungmi Kim
Shuta Hasunuma’s Compositions features a selection of new works created both in Japan and during Hasunuma’s Pioneer Works residency in winter 2017. The exhibition is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States. It gathers together sculpture and videos centered on sounds from everyday life, which probe the circumstances and frameworks surrounding human existence.
Hasunuma’s sound works center on environmental and electronic sounds and extensive collaborations with diverse musicians including Akio Suzuki, Keiji Haino, and Fluxus member Mieko Shiomi. By molding, arranging, and visualizing sounds in time and space, Hasunuma’s practice seeks to answer the question: How can something intangible like sound or music be transferred between human beings in physical, material form? Hasunuma creates situations and environments that bring together people of different ages, genders, and ethnicities. Through their interaction they seek to illuminate afresh exactly what it is we call “sound” or “music.”
Grantee: Shuta Hasunuma
Jessica Grindstaff, a New York City-based artist who is currently on her ACC fellowship in Japan, will give a talk about her work and her fellowship experience. There will also be a developmental concepts showing of her upcoming theatre piece “FALLING OUT” as well.
Ms. Grindstaff is a co-founder and artistic director of Phantom Limb Company, which focuses on collaborative, multi-media theatrical productions based on puppetry. She has been on her fellowship since February conducting research on Bunraku and Butoh, and will visit the Fukushima region in order to capture visual, aural, and personal stories, which will inform “FALLING OUT”, a multi-disciplinary theatrical event exploring humanity’s relationship to water and climate change focused on Fukushima, Japan premiering at BAM in November 2018.
Grantee: Jessica Grindstaff
ACC grantee JUJU U, who is currently on her ACC New York Fellowship from Korea and is an artist-in-residence at Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn. JUJU U and Yukie Kamiya, Director of the Japan Society Gallery, will examine different strategies for visual representations of culture including the artist's expanded use of craft related techniques that vsual artist JUJU U applies to the study and exploration of a wide range of unconventional materials. The ongoing photographic series Super Museum Project is an example of this. Begun by the Seoul based artist in 2012, the photographs feature everyday items displayed in supermarkets from around the world and highlight how closely they align themselves to relics of fine art normally seen in museum contexts. The North, a more politicized body of work by JUJU U is another manifestation of her unique artistic methodology incorporating North Korean propaganda printed material.
Grantee: Juju U
‘Luminous Shadows’ is ACC grantee and Thai filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s first solo exhibition in the Baltic States. This exhibition is part of a larger project ‘Luminous Shadows: Selected Installations & Film Retrospective of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’.
In the artist’s own words, the project ‘reveals different memories of light. Some of the works are an investigation of my home-region of Isan in northeastern Thailand. Some are dreams. Some are simply looking. But all of them are personal.’ His films and video installations form a multi-layered universe where characters and themes travel from one work to another. The exhibition in the CAC’s Great Hall presents video works and installations the artist has created over the last fifteen years.
Grantee: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence is a collaboration between Japanese playwright/director Takeshi Kawamura and American playwright/director John Jesurun, both ACC alumni. The project is conceived as a play written and directed in collaborative partnership by both artists. Written in corresponding chapters by each playwright, it combines two established artists of the same generation, both with distinct voices and significant work, in a deep creative conversation across cultures.
Tainaner Ensemble is regarded as the role model in Taiwan modern theatre. Established in 1987, it is a professional troupe with the biggest size and longest history in southern part of Taiwan.
Led by the current art director, Lu Bo-shen, it continually develops different series, such as "Western Classics Translation Series" and "Unplug Shakespeare Series", and introduces the works of modern-day dramatists in Taiwan.
As a vigorous troupe in contemporary society, it is dedicated to create high-quality productions and always amazes the audience with innovative and experimental approaches.
In addition, it is dedicated to theatre education. For example, sometimes it holds theatre workshops for community. It opens actor school every summer. It began a youth theatre education program in 1999, and published Taiwan first professional periodical for theatrical comments named Theatre Matters.
Through the embrace of capitalism, human degeneration is explored in “Ziggurat,” the latest exhibition of ACC grantee and visual artist Mideo Cruz at Kaida Contemporary in Quezon City. The show is further described in his exhibition notes, “…though opulence and grandeur are often displayed through excessive consumption, the continual debasement of the quality of human life lies underneath the glitter. Block by block, the idea of development devours humanity. As humans consume the illusion, they are the ones who are inevitably consumed.”
Shen Wei, the acclaimed choreographer, painter, and founder of Shen Wei Dance Arts, reveals his artistic inspirations and working processes as a multi-media artist in a far-reaching dialogue on Buddhism, childhood memories, explorations of dreamscapes, and his journeys to Tibet with YiLing Mao, Executive Director of Art Collectives LLC. For this illuminating evening, Shen Wei's dance Company will perform some of his most iconic pieces including Folding, Re-Part II, and Neither. Selections of his paintings will be discussed in depth alongside a World Premiere screening of his recent short film, Innerspace, a poetic exploration of how we navigate space, untethered from nature in our vast modern constructs–set in and around one of China’s striking new works of architecture. The evening celebrates Shen Wei and his artistic vision upon the third decade of his active engagement in the arts on the world stage.
Dear Life is an adaptation of a short story by Nobel laureate Alice Munro, whose stories usually explore human complexities in an uncomplicated prose style, revealing melodramatic plots and relations or strong desires with the description of subtle movements and ambiguous dialogues in our daily life. The lightness in her language seems to stem from the inability to bear or squarely look into or desire for the heaviness in our lives.
Taiwanese novelist Egoyan Zheng has once described that “Munro’s writing style fathoms the shape of fate.”
This production extracts plots, structures and styles from various stories of Munro’s and then adapt and rewrite them in accordance with different performers and theatric styles so as to put the stories into the comprehensible context of life in Taiwan. Five episodes are separate from yet echo with each other. With the same seemingly plain tone and language with Munro, the production lays out the foundation of life that is beyond description, ambiguous, entangled and heavy. Audiences will see all the characters devoted to the rehearsals between void and performance – alienated, realistic, yet unreal – just like the performance of real life.
In the 16th century, gazing out from the decks of ships off the coast of Southern China, Portuguese sailors saw it: a great green mass, thick with mountains and trees, rising from the sea. “Formosa!” they exclaimed—“beautiful!”—anointing the verdant place that would come to be known as Taiwan.
Lin Hwai-min and his Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan take that appraisal as inspiration for their own work of abstract beauty born from land and lore.
Using gesture, script, song and other elements from the island as raw material, Lin and dancers create a lustrous, transfigured sphere in which only the universal remains— a playground of love and life, mediated by tragedy, hope, and rebirth.
Shen Wei Dance Arts and WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company join a diverse and dynamic roster of internationally celebrated artists and local favourites, as the Vancouver International Dance Festival presents three weeks of endlessly enriching performances, workshops, and a host of dance activities from March 1 to 24, 2018, at various venues throughout Vancouver.
Returning to BAM after the ecstatic hymn to compassion On Behalf of Nature (2014 Next Wave), ACC grantee Meredith Monk and the four women of her peerless vocal ensemble present a new work, continuing their investigation of the interconnected, ineffable relationship between humans and the natural world.
Pairing voice with movement, instrumentation, and a site-specific video installation, Cellular Songs contemplates the fundamental unit of life and its relation to the universe. Drawing inspiration from biological processes—layering, division, replication, mutation—Monk looks to underlying systems in nature that can serve as a prototype for human behavior in our tumultuous world.
Grantee: Meredith Monk
The Asian Art Award supported by Warehouse TERRADA is a contemporary art award established to provide assistance for emerging artists in Japan with exciting international prospects in Asia and beyond. The winner is selected through a two-stage process. A panel of five curators first put forward five artists each to make a shortlist of 20 candidates. The four finalists chosen from these will create new work or the equivalent, which is currently being exhibited at TERRADA ART COMPLEX. During this exhibition, a jury of six international art world figures will decide the recipients of the Grand Prize and Special Award.
Grantee: Aki Inomata
With keen insight, Yang Yuanyuan captures invisible traces and blurred coordinates in ever-changing urban environments. Places like construction sites, cold parking garages, sparsely populated zoos, and abandoned restrooms are restored to sight through her photographs. The installations and photographs exhibited in “Interval” all manifest the artist's concern for human society and the environment. Yet this preoccupation is not derived from her romantic imagination, but through her practice of fieldwork. In addition to photographing original images, she re-presents existing materials that are recovered as found images. These two types of visual material subtly intertwine to construct the artist’s imagined world.
Grantee: Yuanyuan Yang
This concert offers a chance to enjoy some of the most noteworthy French and Chinese piano music from the beginning of the 20th century, with a screening of Edgard Varèse: The One All Alone to help place the relationship between these two artistic cultures in context, revealing fascinating connections.
As one of National Sawdust’s ten curators for the 2017-18 season, violinist Jennifer Koh presents Limitless, a two-night recital series that celebrates the collaborative relationship between composer and performer through duo performances. This spirit of collaboration contrasts with the conventional notion today that composition and performance are discrete and detached parts of the musical process, while also re-connecting with an older, pre-modern tradition of composers as performers. Limitless advocates for future models for classical music through inclusivity by giving voice to female composers, composers from unconventional musical backgrounds, and composers of color.
Grantee: Jennifer Koh
Artist and curator Moe Satt will give a presentation on the development of performance art in Myanmar, from the 1990s to the present day. Following Satt’s presentation, writer and curator Simon Wu will lead the audience response, based on his own research and interviews with contemporary artists in Myanmar.
Grantee: Moe Satt
The theme of this Guangzhou Image Triennial--Interweaving Eidos·Overlapping Images--is based on such a position,or in other words,the transition from "photo"to "image," indicating the transition from the original "photography of humanities"to a more inclusive and disciplinary "photography of visual researc.h" Driven by modern technology, the concept of "image"we are talking today has entered into a larger dimension. The overlapping of static and dynamic,physical and non-physical as well as two dimensional and multidimensional elements begins to leap beyond the visual expression defined by "photography."
Torn between a powerful cultural heritage and a national discourse on modernization, alternating between phases of openness and withdrawal, the cultural evolution of Japan in the early 1970s was marked by major social, political and natural events. Exhibition curator Yuko Hasegawa looks back on these turbulent decades during which Japan oscillated between globalisation and affirmation of its identity.
Grantee: Yuko Hasegawa
Joining some of the country’s most influential and leading visual artists, ACC grantee Lyra Garcellano is one of the featured artists in this year’s Art Fair Philippines, the premier platform for exhibiting and selling the best in modern and contemporary Philippine visual art.
Visual artist and ACC grantee Dex Fernandez launches GC: 1, 2, 3, an ode to his garapata character that has evolved since he started doing graffiti and street art in 2006. GC: 1, 2, 3 is a video narrative split into three chapters showing Dex’s past collaborations.
Cai Guo-Qiang is the first contemporary artist to create on-site at the Prado. This is his first solo exhibition solely focused on painting in over 30 years.
This exhibition, which arises from Cai Guo-Qiang’s ongoing dialogue with El Greco and in which he establishes a relationship with the great masters represented in the Prado, comprises nearly 30 paintings made with gunpowder; eight of them ignited on-site at the Salón de Reinos. Also on view are an oil and an acrylic created at the start of his activities as a painter; and various sketches and drawings on matchboxes by his father, Cai Ruiqin, who steered him towards painting.
India’s Rockefeller Artists: An Indo-U.S. Cultural Saga exhibits at the DAG Modern 41 East 57th Street at the Fuller Building in Midtown, Manhattan. The exhibition, from Nov. 6, 2017 to March 2018, showcases iconic works of some of the Indian painters and sculptors who received fellowships from either the Asian Cultural Council or its predecessor, the JDR 3rd Fund (1963-1979).
Grantees: Arun Bose, Avinash Chandra, Bhupen Khakhar, Haku Shah, Jyoti Bhatt, K. G. Subramanyan, Natvar Bhavsar, Paritosh Sen, Ram Kumar, Rekha Rodwittiya, Satish Gujral, Shrikrishna Kulkarni, Vasudeo Gaitonde
Computer music pioneer Carl Stone, composer/performer Ned Rothenberg, and Tokyo-based vocalist Ami Yamasaki -- all ACC alumni -- perform in an evening of overlapping improvisations. While Stone & Rothenberg have performed together previously in Japan over their 35 year-long friendship, this is their debut New York performance.
STUPIN is founded by artist Kuo I-Chen in 2017. It is an artist studio residency platform where different fields of artists can share and link their studios and connection. Through two main functions－STUDIO and PIN, we expect to build a global studio residency network. STUPIN represents an attitude to explore the unknown without constraining by forms.
Grantee: I-Chen Kuo
Olivier Messiaen expresses his deep faith in a timeless musical composition, which he wrote and premiered while in confinement at a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany. An all-star ensemble of instrumentalists performs the iconic work with lighting designed by the illustrious Jennifer Tipton (ACC 1995-2005).
Grantee: Jennifer Tipton
"Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017" presents a groundbreaking project by Chang, a uniquely important artist who emerged from New York’s alternative art scene of the mid-1990s. From her tough-to-take, boundary-busting performance-video work that explored the complex psychic narrative behind often visceral solo performances, to more recent experimental films and lecture-performances, Chang has challenged the parameters of performance and its power as a storytelling vehicle. The Queens Museum will present her most ambitious work to date, "The Wandering Lake (2009-2017)", a project that redefines the role of artist, image, object and performance in the construction of narratives through an exhibition that integrates video projection, photography, sculpture, publication, and performance as one expansive body of work. This exhibition is part of Asia Contemporary Art Week, October 5-26 in New York City.
Patty Chang received an ACC Fellowship in 2010 to carry out research and creative work in Laos.
A humorous play about the trials and errors of Thai, Filipino, and Japanese people who share their countries with one another.
A young man is investigating the actual conditions of ‘Retire-men’, or Japanese people who move to southeast Asian countries. What lies behind their seemingly carefree and peaceful second lives? Then there are the people who struggle to accept “Retire-men”, and the harsh realities facing those who cross borders to find employment.
Can we all acknowledge our differences and live together?
Clouds⇄Forests is a proposition at a time of crisis to instigate the establishment of new relationships in our world. This proposition will be proposed by the artists and creators called "Creative Tribes", who gather in different sites all over the world, do not feel restricted to the notion of nation state and also surmount the dichotomy between globalism and localism.
Clouds⇄Forests focuses on artists as a creative tribe transitioning, expanding and dissipating, from forest to cloud, rebuilding the subjectivity of spectators and showing that creativity is vital to the creation of new environmental spheres. Taking into account perceptions on the generation of new subjective environmental spheres, the curatorial criteria for this exhibition includes giving life to new technologies as well as exploring ways to obtain animistic artistic languages and connect cultural roots, and leveraging the rhizome-based organic system to traverse history, genres, and media.
ACC grantee Yuko Hasegawa is curating the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary, and ACC grantees Nadim Abbas from Hong Kong and Nindityo Adipurnomo from Indonesia are participating artists.