Alumni Events Around the World
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.
Grantee: Dinh Q. Le
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
"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.
Grantee: Hsiao-Mei Ho
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
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.
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
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
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 Wooster Group takes on one of the greatest figures in 20th century avant-garde theater: the iconic Polish stage director Tadeusz Kantor. Lighting is by ACC alumna Jennifer Tipton.
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
“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.
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.
Grantee: Dinh Q. Le
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Grantee: Ea Marie Torrado
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.
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.
Grantee: Dinh Q. Le
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
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
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
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.
Grantee: Miwa Yanagi
“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.
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.
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.
Grantee: Pao-Chang Tsai
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.
‘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
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.”
Grantee: Mideo Cruz
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Grantee: Lyra Teresa Abueg Garcellano
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.
Grantee: Guo-Qiang Cai
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.
Grantee: Dexter Fernandez
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.
Grantee: Patty Chang
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.
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
The largest showcase of contemporary Chinese art from 1989 – 2008 in North America, surveying the development of Chinese experimental art from the end of Cold War to the age of globalization and China’s rise on the world stage. Works in the exhibition illustrate the role of artists as both agents and skeptics of China’s global presence against the political, social, and cultural transitions in the past two decades.
This exhibition is part of Asia Contemporary Art Week, October 5-26 in New York City. The work of six ACC grantees are included in this exhibition.
"Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs" will situate Singh's photographic work at the intersection of Western modernism and traditional South Asian modes of picturing the world. It will feature 85 photographs by Singh in counterpoint with works by his contemporaries—friends, collaborators, fellow travelers—as well as examples of the Indian court painting styles that inspired him.
The exhibition will trace the full trajectory of Singh's career from his early work as a photojournalist in the late 1960s through his last unpublished projects of the late 1990s. Using a handheld camera and color slide film, he recorded India's dense milieu in complex frieze-like compositions teeming with incident, fractured by reflections, and pulsating with opulent color. This exhibition is part of Asia Contemporary Art Week, October 5-26 in New York City.
Raghubir Singh received an ACC Fellowship in 1990 to meet with photographers, curators, and critics, and to pursue creative work in photography in the United States.
This exhibition is part of Asia Contemporary Art Week, October 5-26 in New York City.
Grantee: Raghubir Singh
Enrico Isamu Ōyama represents a contemporary generation with a distinctly global perspective. Child of an Italian father and a Japanese mother, Ōyama was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, but also lived for extended periods in North Italy. In Tokyo, he immersed himself in an underground art scene infused with the street culture of the city and its global influences.
“Ubiquitous” surveys how Ōyama channeled his interests in the street cultures of Tokyo and American cities, Western abstract art, and Japanese calligraphy to create Quick Turn Structure (QTS), his signature expression. Through the QTS, Ōyama gives visual form to the mixed-race, multicultural, transnational experiences of people in today’s world of fluid borders and interconnectivity.
Enrico Isamu Ōyama received an ACC Fellowship in 2011 to research contemporary art, meet artists and curators, and create new work while participating in an artist residency program in the United States.
Grantee: Enrico Isamu Oyama
The Scrolls: Distortion is a new body of work and a cumulative exploration of Lê’s oeuvre to date, putting his series such as Persistence of Memory, From Vietnam to Hollywood, A Quagmire This Time, and Remnants, Ruins, Civilization, and Empire in conversation with one another. Key to this body of work is Lê’s attention to memory. Whereas previously Lê’s work dealt with fragmented memory and processes of piecing together or reconciling painful and traumatic histories, here he is presenting memory as landscape.
Grantee: Dinh Q. Le
Experience the magical tones of the shakuhachi in the enchanted isles of Hawai’i. This four-day festival will include intensive workshops and lessons in various styles of shakuhachi playing, from traditional meditation inspired honkyoku solos and sankyoku ensemble pieces to cutting edge contemporary music. Kinko, Tozan, KSK (Katsuya Yokoyama) and Chikuho Styles will be represented. The festival is for beginners to advanced players, with a special discount and instruments available for absolute beginners. The Masters’ Concert (evening, Dec.15th, Orvis Hall, University of Hawai’i) will inaugurate the festivities with a performance of outstanding musicians from Japan and around the world. The festival will also feature an academic session presenting the latest in shakuhachi research.
Grantee: Christopher Yohmei Blasdel
A gripping investigation of journalistic integrity, city planning, and social conscience, "Wild Boar" is a new play from one of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed playwrights. When a controversial professor goes missing, an editor and his student band together to publicize the truth. Old flames spark and friendships are tested in the U.S. premiere of this turbulent thriller about media manipulation, fake news, and who gets to speak for the poor.
Playwright Candace Chong received a twelve-month ACC Fellowship in 2004 to attend classes and workshops in playwriting, observe performances and rehearsals, and meet with playwrights and other drama professionals in the United States.
This exhibition is part of Asia Contemporary Art Week, October 5-26 in New York City.
Grantee: Mui Ngam Candace Chong
Punctuating the ending of FIELD MEETING during ACAW, Song Dong invites the public to feast on his world-traveled Eating the City installation built from thousands of edible biscuits, crackers, and sweets. Alongside, Zi Jie at East Lake, a pop-up exhibition addressing issues of urbanization & gentrification in Central China by emerging artist Li Jun. Co-presented with Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation as part of Creative China Festival on the occasion of Mana Contemporary’s Open House.Through December 15.
This exhibition is part of Asia Contemporary Art Week, October 5-26 in New York City.
Song Dong received an ACC Fellowship in 2005 to observe contemporary art activities, meet with artists and curators, and create new work in the United States.
Grantee: Dong Song
Philosophy, dance, and folklore merge in Bessie Award-winning choreographer Kota Yamazaki’s latest work inspired by French writers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, butoh pioneer Tatsumi Hijikata’s notion of a “dance of darkness,” and Japan’s Goze music tradition. Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination explores the fragile body, the vaporizing body, and the body as an absorbing force.
Kota received ACC fellowships in 1997 and 1999 for exchanges with Indonesia.
Grantee: Kota Yamazaki
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.
The exhibition is a comprehensive introduction of the artist’s diverse yet distinctive practice to the Russian art world and local audiences. Artworks include large-scale outdoor and indoor installations, gunpowder paintings, a multi-media video installation, and small-scale sculptures and sketches.
Cai Guo-Qiang received an ACC Fellowship in 1995 for an artist residency at the International Studio Program at the Institute of Contemporary Art, P.S. 1, in New York.
Grantee: Guo-Qiang Cai
Perpetual Uncertainty / Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene brings together artists from Europe, Japan, the US and Australia to investigate experiences of nuclear technology, radiation and the complex relationship between knowledge and the deep time.
Erika Kobayashi (ACC 2007) and Kota Takeuchi (ACC 2017) are participating artists in the exhbition and both received ACC fellowships for research in the United States.
Bombay, an exhibition of street photography by Raghubir Singh, pulsates with dramatic compositions and Singh’s characteristically controlled use of color. The exhibition focuses on one of the artist’s most significant bodies of work which, made in the early 1990s, led to his book Bombay: Gateway of India.
Raghubir Singh received an ACC Fellowship in 1990 to travel to the U.S. from India for creative work.
Grantee: Raghubir Singh
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness is a traveling exhibition curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. This new solo exhibition uniquely presents a selected survey of rarely-seen experimental short films and video installations by Weerasethakul, alongside his photography, sketches, and archival materials that explore threads of socio-political commentary which has continually guided his practice. His passionate positions regarding class, labor, sexuality, and spirituality paint a portrait of an artist concerned with ethics, power, science, and liberation in equal measures.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Gridthiya Gaweewong both received ACC Fellowships, in 2004 and 2002 respectively, for creative research.
ACC grantee Anton del Castillo opens “The Given Order” with Jason Dy, S.J. The exhibit, curated by Ricky Francisco, offers a visual exploration of the different tangents of faith and tradition in our past and present lives. Religion as agent of social order and transformation is looked into by Fr. Dy, who uses art in conjunction with the spiritual life of communities he is connected with. While del Castillo’s works engage with the anxieties and violence in the perception and experience of the individual and collective faith.
Anton del Castillo received his ACC Philippine Fellowship in 2006 to observe contemporary art activities and undertake research on Byzantine icon paintings in American collections.
Grantee: Julius Anton del Castillo
A concert of traditional and contemporary meditation pieces with a performance and explanations by Christopher Yohmei Blasdel.
Christopher Yohmei Blasdel received an ACC Fellowship in 1997 to travel to Thailand for collaborative research at Chulalongkorn University on teaching and transmission of classical Thai music.
Grantee: Christopher Yohmei Blasdel
The libidinal flux of the teenager has left a permanent mark on culture, normalizing radical consumption in service of an endless will to change. With the end of earth’s resources in sight, this paradigm needs revision. Coming of Age presents the work of seven artists from different parts of the world that subvert our material and cultural landscape with meditative gestures. Whether looking at Takahiro Iwasaki transforming a toothbrush into the site of an electric pylon, Aki Inomata’s alternative housing for hermit crabs that recall a sense of itineracy, Essi Kausalainen’s table top performance, or Ebony G. Patterson’s coffin procession, these works acknowledge a predominant state of violence while calling for a greater optimism. Rebecca Beachy inserts a taxidermied bird into the gallery walls as a time capsule-cum-relic. Tsherin Sherpa uses traditional Thangka painting techniques to swirl subjects in a reflection of instability, and Rhonda Holberton presents a virtual desert, recalling the ambiguous possibilities of digital space and its impact on daily life. Coming of Age torques scale, technology, and location in search of sustainable agency and repair.
Visual artist Aki Inomata, from Japan, received an ACC Fellowship to observe contemporary art activities and participate in an artist residency program in the United States.
Grantee: Aki Inomata
A Body in a Museum is a new durational work by Eiko commissioned by The Met for its iconic spaces. Using her body, a projector, and her archive of images of the irradiated landscapes of Fukushima, Japan, over the course of 3 consecutive Sundays she will interrogate the physical and conceptual architecture of each of the 3 structures that make up the Metropolitan Museum. By staining the walls of each building with projections as well as her physical presence, Eiko will insist on the porousness of the institution, collapsing space and time to expand the boundaries of the place.
Eiko and Koma received an ACC fellowship in 2003 for travel to Cambodia to offer workshops and performances in Phnom Penh.
Created by composer John Lessard in 1988, the Premieres! series has commissioned works by a wide array of composers from the United States and abroad for nearly three decades. This year’s concert features diverse works by Michelle Lou, Amy Williams, Wang Lu and Ushio Torikai. Performed by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players with music director Eduardo Leandro.
Grantee: Ushio Torikai
Houston Cinema Arts Festival is devoted to films by and about artists in the visual, performing and literary arts. The Festival is a vibrant multimedia arts event that breaks out of the confines of the movie theater through live music and film performances, outdoor projections, and more.
Grantee: Abigail Child
In F n’ F Moe Satt explores formal relationships between the face and fingers, achieving 108 combinations: hands that cover the face like a mask; gestures that represent blossoms (a memory from his childhood); a gun sign that plays with differences in meaning when the fingers are pointed to his head and outwards. In Asian cosmology, the sacred number 108 signifies, among many things: 108 sensorial feelings, 108 earthly temptations, 108 questions posed to Buddha, 108 Ayurvedic pressure points, 108 t’ai chi martial moves, and 108 bell chimes to usher the new year.
Sundays on Broadway events are free and open to the public. All Sundays on Broadway events begin at 6:00 pm. Doors open at 5:45 pm at WeisAcres. Keep in mind, this is a small space. Please arrive on time out of courtesy to the artists.
Moe Satt, a performance artist from Myanmar, is currently in NY on his six-month ACC Fellowship.
Grantee: Moe Satt
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
Though they differ in generation and performance practice, the NYC-based Onda (b. 1967) and the Kyotango-based Suzuki (b. 1941) share an astonishingly inventive, open-ended, and spontaneous approach to the infinite and variegated possibilities of sound. Since initiating a collaborative relationship in 2005, the duo have embarked on a number of tours in Europe and Asia, exploring site-specific locations ranging from an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Brussels to an underground parking lot in Glasgow. Suzuki and Onda released their first album ma ta ta bi on ORAL_records in 2014. In 2015, Suzuki and Onda had ke i te ki US tour, presented by ISSUE Project Room. This year, they were invited to perform at documenta 14 in Athens.
Onda and Suzuki perform by utilizing unconventional and self-made instruments including analog cassette Walkmans and radios, found pieces of wood, nails, hammers, buckets, marbles, and glass jars, allowing the individual architecture and acoustics of the various sites to guide the flow and development of the performances. The performance begins with the artists in the middle of the space, surrounded by the audience, before gradually moving throughout the environment as the performance unfolds.
Aki Onda is currently on a 2-month ACC research trip to the Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan tracing the legacy of Dr. José M. Maceda’s influence on contemporary experimental performance. Akio Suzuki received ACC fellowships in 1980 and 2000.
"Open Threads" at TOPAZ ARTS features textile-based work by two artists, The GedAze Project, traversing a lineage of contemporary artists pushing the boundaries of textile. Together, both artists have a common thread – from materials and process, to their interest in engaging viewers to interact with the work – the tactility, both a reflection and reminder of familiar objects, and the stories bound within.
Philippine artists Ged Merino and Aze Ong have been engaging in a series of collaborations named The GedAze Project. TOPAZ ARTS provided a Summer Residency for the artists to create new work both individually and collaboratively." Open Threads" is the culminating exhibition and is their fifth collaborative show.
Aze Ong, a visual and performance artist from the Philippines, is currently on her 6-month ACC Fellowship researching contemporary art practices and meet artists and curators in the United States.
Grantee: Aze Ong
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