Alumni Events Around the World

Exhibition / Russia

Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art

September 19, 2017 - January 18, 2018

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.

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Grantees: Nadim Abbas, Nindityo Adipurnomo, Yuko Hasegawa

Performance / United States

A Doll's House, Part 2

April 27, 2017 - January 16, 2018

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.”

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Grantee: Jennifer Tipton

Exhibition / United States

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

October 6, 2017 - January 7, 2018

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.

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Grantees: Dong Song, Guo-Qiang Cai, Jianwei Wang, Peili Zhang, Wei Liu, Xiuzhen Yin

Exhibition / United States

Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs

October 11, 2017 - January 2, 2018

"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.

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Grantee: Raghubir Singh

Exhibition / United States

Ubiquitous

August 15, 2017 - December 23, 2017

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.  

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Grantee: Enrico Isamu Oyama

Exhibition / United States

Dinh Q. Lê - The Scrolls: Distortion

October 7, 2017 - December 23, 2017

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. 

 

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Grantee: Dinh Q. Le

Performance / United States

2017 Shakuhachi Festival of the Pacific

December 15, 2017 - December 18, 2017

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.

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Grantee: Christopher Yohmei Blasdel

Performance / United States

Wild Boar

November 9, 2017 - December 17, 2017

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.

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Grantee: Mui Ngam Candace Chong

Performance / United States

Kota Yamazaki / Fluid hug-hug | Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination

December 13, 2017 - December 15, 2017

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.

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Grantee: Kota Yamazaki

Exhibition / United States

ACAW THINKING PROJECTS x Creative China Festival: Song Dong, Li Jun

October 15, 2017 - December 15, 2017

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.

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Grantee: Dong Song

Exhibition / Russia

Cai Guo-Qiang: October

September 13, 2017 - December 11, 2017

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.

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Grantee: Guo-Qiang Cai

Exhibition / Belgium

Perpetual Uncertainty

September 17, 2017 - December 10, 2017

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.

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Grantees: Erika Kobayashi, Kota Takeuchi

Exhibition / United States

Bombay

October 26, 2017 - December 9, 2017

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.

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Grantee: Raghubir Singh

Exhibition / United States

The Serenity of Madness

September 15, 2017 - December 8, 2017

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.

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Grantees: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Gridthiya Gaweewong

Exhibition / Philippines

The Given Order

August 22, 2017 - November 29, 2017

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.

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Grantee: Julius Anton del Castillo

Performance / United States

Shakuhachi and the Spirituality of Sound

November 24, 2017

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.

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Grantee: Christopher Yohmei Blasdel

Exhibition / United States

Coming of Age

September 9, 2017 - November 20, 2017

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.

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Grantee: Aki Inomata

Performance / United States

Eiko: A Body in a Museum

November 5, 2017 - November 19, 2017

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.

 

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Grantee: Eiko & Koma Otake

Special Event / United States

Recycling: Washi Tales

November 10, 2017 - November 18, 2017

A performance of four tales of paper making from Japanese history unfolds in the worl created by distinguished paper artist, Kyoko Ibe.

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Grantees: Elise Thoron, Karen Kandel, Makiko Sakurai, Sonoko Soeda

Performance / United States

Stony Brook Premieres! 2017

November 17, 2017

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.

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Grantee: Ushio Torikai

Exhibition / United States

Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2017

November 9, 2017 - November 13, 2017

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.

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Grantee: Abigail Child

Special Event / United States

Sundays on Broadway: A shared evening with Neil Greenberg, John Jasperse, Moe Satt

November 12, 2017

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. 

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Grantee: Moe Satt

Exhibition / Georgia

Constellation: Contemporary Art in Today's China

June 8, 2017 - November 9, 2017

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.

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Grantees: Qiusha Ma, Shurui Li, Sishun Wang, Wei Liu

Special Event / Taiwan

2017 Mipaliw Wetland Art Festival

July 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017

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. 

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Grantee: Sumi Dungi

Performance / United States

fu-rai

October 18, 2017 - October 29, 2017

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.

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Grantees: Aki Onda, Akio Suzuki

Exhibition / United States

Open Threads

September 16, 2017 - October 28, 2017

"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.

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Grantee: Aze Ong

Exhibition / Japan

Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now

July 5, 2017 - October 23, 2017

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!

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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

Special Event / United States

THE GUERRILLA IS A POET | International Film Festival Manhattan

October 22, 2017

THE GUERRILLA IS A POET is a poignant tale of an activist’s journey during the turbulent years of Martial Law in the Philippines until his capture in the mountains and the dark, nine years of imprisonment that followed, leading to his birth as a poet.

Produced for: CineFilipino; Director: Sari Dalena and Kiri Dalena; Starring: Karl Medina, Angeli Bayani, Bong Cabrera

Winner, CineFilipino Film Festival 2013:
Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Musical Score

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Grantees: Edralin Domanillo Cabrera, Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena

Performance / United States

Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty: Why Why Always

October 10, 2017 - October 21, 2017

Conjuring a live cine-performance through the interplay of otherworldly video, music, sound and technology, "Why Why Always" is a sci-fi misadventure of secret agents and seductresses, where Alphaville meets ASMR.

Multi-platform artists Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty received a one-month ACC travel grant to undertake research on art, performance, and traditional culture in Japan.

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Grantees: Lauren Petty, Shaun Irons

Exhibition / United States

Unwanted Population

September 7, 2017 - October 21, 2017

Tiffany Chung is an internationally-acclaimed contemporary artist whose work examines conflict, migration, urban development, and transformation in relation to history and cultural memory. Her practice, which utilizes extensive research and interviews, explores geographic shifts in countries that were traumatized by war, human destruction, or natural disaster. Tiffany is known for her installations and map-based drawings which layer different periods in the histories of devastated topographies, reflecting the impossibility of creating accurate cartographic representations of most places.

While on her ACC Fellowship in 2015, Tiffany journeyed to former Vietnamese refugee camps in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia to research the history of the mass exodus of refugees from Vietnam. Using her research, she developed “the unwanted population,” a project combining her ongoing studies tracking the current Syrian humanitarian crisis with her in-depth study of the Vietnam mass exodus.

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Grantee: Tiffany Chung

Performance / United States

Kavita Shah Quintet @ BRIC Jazz Fest

October 19, 2017

The Festival takes place October 14 to 21, 2017, featuring film, dance, panel discussion and student workshops, and culminates with a three-day concert marathon. The three-night jazz marathon, conceived and curated by Jack Walsh, Lia Crockett and Brice Rosenbloom, includes performances by Kavita Shah Quintet, Maceo Parker, The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, Vijay Iyer, Terri Lyne Carrington Band, GoGo Penguin’s Koyaanisqatsi A New Score (performed live), Harriet Tubman, Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition, Samora Pinderhughes, Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down, Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirate Troubadours, Theo Croker Escape Velocity, Troker, Butcher Brown, Braxton Cook, Miramar, Imani Uzuri: Wild Cotton, Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies, Matana Roberts and many more. Performances take place in the state-of-the-art Ballroom, the relaxed Stoop overlooking the Brooklyn Photographs art exhibition in the BRIC Gallery, and the BRIC Artist Studio which transforms into an intimate jazz club.

Kavita Shah received an ACC fellowship in 2017 to travel to Bangalore to study Indian classical music.

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Grantee: Kavita Shah

Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition

August 19, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition will take place at Kyoto Art Center and Nijo Castle and includes work by 25 internationally renowned artists from Japan, China and South Korea. 7 of the aratist are ACC grantees.


This exhibition will allow visitors to experience the quality and intensity of contemporary art in the cultural city of Kyoto with work by artists that pioneer new frontiers and transcend national identities through the universal approaches of art.

 

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Special Event / United States

FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects

October 14, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Conceived as an exhibition and aimed at emulating the experience of a studio visit on a communal scale, FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects is once again meticulously curated to explore art as a journey of ideas through timely staging of extraordinary people, their creative process and research. Creating a performative and experimental realm, the program commissions over 25 of today’s outstanding creative personalities from Asia and beyond to embody their work through newly conceived performances, lecture-performances, and lively discussions in the presence of an exclusive audience of New York- & US-based curators, scholars, and museum directors.

Curated by ACAW Director Leeza Ahmady, with performances and lecture-performances by:
Nancy Adajania (Bombay), Meitha Al Mazrooei (Dubai), Marwa Arsanios (Beirut), Nadiah Bamadhaj (Jogjakarta), Laura Barlow (Doha), Hera Chan (Hong Kong & Montreal), Yin-Ju Chen (Taipei), Tiffany Chung (Ho Chi Minh City), Dai Guangyu (Beijing), Simon Fujiwara (Berlin), Joyce Ho (Taipei), Hu Weiyi (Shanghai), Taus Makhacheva (Makhachkala & Moscow), Kingsley Ng (Hong Kong), Suhanya Raffel (Hong Kong), Marat Raiymkulov (Bishkek), Yuliya Sorokina (Almaty), Abdullah M.I. Syed (Karachi & Sydney), Philip Tinari (Beijing), Hajra Waheed (Montreal), Adrian Wong (Hong Kong & Los Angeles), Brian Kuan Wood (New York), among others."

This exhibition is part of Asia Contemporary Art Week, October 5-26 in New York City.

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Grantees: Bruce Quek, Kingsley Siu King Ng, Tiffany Chung

Special Event / United States

Rethinking Pei: A Centenary Symposium

October 12, 2017 - October 13, 2017

A two-part symposium examining the work and life of I. M. Pei from multiple vantage points. Ieoh Ming Pei is one of the most celebrated yet under-theorized architects of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Although Pei’s six-decade career is mostly identified with his unwavering interest in cultural synthesis and the power of pure geometrical form, his modes of practice demand further investigation of their intertwinement with the multiple historical and discursive moments of modern architecture. The two-day symposium will include panel discussions and scholarly presentations that showcase new research on Pei’s manifold contributions to the built environment.

Delin Lai received ACC fellowships to complete his Ph.D. in art history at the University of Chicago.

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Grantee: Delin Lai

Exhibition / China

Deep White

September 1, 2017 - October 12, 2017

The exhibition includes Li Shurui's latest project Deep White, a new series of Wave painting-installations, as well as a new development of the Mindfile Storage Unit series of painting-installations. In recent years, Li has further developed her methodology; her configuring of color systems and layering of multiple trajectories of color now have the distinctive effect of creating chord sequences. On the other hand, Wave and Mindfile Storage Unit are the result of the artist’s continued interest in the formal aspect of religious architecture. With waves and spheric forms, Li depicts the amorphousness of consciousness to bring about resonance in and immerse the viewer.

Li Shurui received an ACC fellowship in 2015 for a residency program in New York.

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Grantee: Shurui Li

Exhibition / United States

Heads or Tails? (Or, The Other Side of the Coin): Contemporary Art from Thailand

October 12, 2017

Heads or Tails? (Or, The Other Side of the Coin): Contemporary Art from Thailand, curated by Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, highlights the divergent notions of present-day Thailand from six influential Thai artists. Artists include: Tawatchai Puntusawasdi, Thasnai Sethaseree, Mit Jai Inn, Angkrit Ajchariyasophon, Tawan Wattuya and Sanitas Pradittasnee, whose new projects in Indonesia, Germany, and Tibet are just the latest in her relentless probing into sociopolitical issues of gender, spirituality and ecology.

This exhibition is part of Asia Contemporary Art Week, October 5-26 in New York City.

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Grantee: Tawatchai Puntusawasdi

Exhibition / United States

Wrestling the Demon: Noriko and Ushio Shinohara

October 11, 2017

From Noriko’s famed Cutie paintings and prints to Ushio’s notorious boxing painting, this exhibition considers decades spent by the artist duo in wrestling with the demon of art, and quite often, wrestling with themselves.”Wrestling the Demon” approaches the concept of project as not a single art object, but as an evolution of series over several decades. For Noriko, this project can be seen as her self-actualization as an artist through the paintings and prints of her Cutie series. As Cutie develops over the years, Noriko exorcises her regrets, hones her artistic awareness, and finds empowerment. For Ushio, the boxing paintings weave a steady thread through his long career. From enfant terrible of the Japanese art scene, to Brooklyn-based artist, Ushio continues to develop his action paintings and prints with unrelenting vigor and varied perspective.

Ushio Shinohara received a twelve-month fellowship in 1969 for research on contemporary art in New York. Mr. Shinohara paraticipated in ACC's 2016 auction by creating an original work of art by punching 16 feet of Japanese washi paper with sponges dipped in sumi  ink.

This exhibition is part of Asia Contemporary Art Week, October 5-26 in New York City.

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Grantee: Ushio Shinohara

Exhibition / Korea

Asian Diva: The Muse and the Monster

July 14, 2017 - October 9, 2017

This exhibition explores the transformation of Asian popular culture during the 1960s and 1970s, a time when rapid economic development had the continent under its spell. As male actors were writing this history, the lives and voices of real women were being obscured by sociopolitical smokescreens, postcolonial experiences of the Cold War, and dictatorship. Many women shared similar experiences, regardless of location, during this period of rapid urbanization and economic growth. Here, the exhibition presents a comprehensive look at their forgotten discourse through a prism of Asian diva songs and popular cultural signals documented along trajectories inked in postcolonial modernity.

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Grantees: Arahmaiani Feisal, Dinh Q. Le, Yoshiko Shimada

Exhibition / Taiwan

Memories Interwoven and Overlapped: Post-Martial Law Era Ink Painting in Taiwan

July 8, 2017 - October 8, 2017

“Memories Interwoven and Overlapped: Post-Martial Law Era Ink Painting in Taiwan” features works of diverse categories and media, including ink and wash painting, meticulous heavy color painting, gouache painting, installation, video, and animation; in terms of style and expression, all the works manifest artists’ realizations and sentiments of life, social and cultural concerns, dialectics on history and reality, and the depth and breadth of ink art exploration, exhibiting vibrant creative energy and dynamics. Through interpretation of and dialogues with exciting works of 24 artists from different generations, this exhibition aims to investigate the intertwined relation between Taiwanese ink painting and politics, and present artists’ diverse creative visions inspired by overlapped and interwoven historical memories, as well as the splendid and exciting new look of ink art constructed on such visions, concretely, and in details, presenting and explaining the course of development of Taiwanese ink painting from the lifting of martial law up to the present time.

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Grantees: Chi-Tsung Wu, Chien-Ying Tseng, Hsin-Hua Pan, Jai Yuan, Jui-Chung Yao

Performance / Philippines

Vocalisations: A Soundscape in Greenbelt Park

August 8, 2017 - October 8, 2017

Vocalisations - a performance of vocal actions, reactions, and interactions between man, nature and space, in a constantly changing environment - uses sound art to promote awareness of the auditory element of the environment, an aspect that is often overlooked in a world where what can be seen is given more privileges than what can be heard.

Teresa received her Philippine fellowship grant in 2014 to observe and research current practices, processes, innovations, and philosophies in music and sound art in the United States.

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Grantee: Teresa Barrozo

Performance / United States

Movement Research at the Judson Church

October 2, 2017

Movement Research at the Judson Church will feature ACC grantees Ea Torrado from the Philippines, Zhaxi Wangji from China, and dancer/choreographers Tingying Ma and Kensaku Shinohara. This is a free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. 

Ea Torrado and Zhaxi Wangji are both ACC 2016 Fellows that are currently in New York on their fellowships.

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Grantees: Ea Marie Torrado, Wangjia Zhaxi

Performance / United States

SHEN WEI DANCE ARTS @ THE AUDITORIUM

September 23, 2017 - September 24, 2017

Shen Wei Dance Arts makes its Chicago debut with two masterpieces by ACC grantee and MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning choreographer and visual artist Shen Wei, known for his awe-inspiring
choreography for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Folding conjures up a dreamlike world at once ancient and timeless that draws “gasps of wonder and contemplation”from the audience (San Francisco Chronicle). The groundbreaking Rite of Spring, set to Stravinsky’s famed score, brings the fresh eye of the outsider to this well-known music. “The visual and emotional impact is overwhelming,” says The New York Times.

Shen Wei Dance Arts received several fellowships in support of dance exchanges between the US and China.

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Grantee: Shen Wei

Performance / United States

THE AЯTS

September 13, 2017 - September 23, 2017

Sponsored By Nobody present workshop showings of Parts One and Two from  “THE AЯTS,” a new work of interdisciplinary theatre that investigates the history of public funding for the arts in the United States. "THE AЯTS" is a three-part work of interdisciplinary theatre under development from Sponsored By Nobody and conceived, written & directed by ACC grantee Kevin Doyle.

Part One covers the period of 1963-1965, during the formation of the National Endowment for the Arts. Part Two covers the chaotic “culture wars” period of 1989-1996, which culminated with the NEA budget being cut in half and the elimination of direct grants to individual artists.

Kevin Doyle is a playwright and director who received an ACC Fellowship for travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh for research on a collaborative theater project exploring the experience of survivors of the Tazreen Factory fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the parallels it has with the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York.

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Grantee: Kevin Doyle

Performance / United States

Shakuhachi Summit

September 22, 2017

An evening of shakuhachi music with Riley Lee, Ralph Samuelson and Ned Rothenberg: including Rothenberg's compositions Arbor Vitae for shakuhachi and clarinet, Stand in Turn, for 1.8,2.4 and 2.7 shakuhachi trio, Cloud Hands, for 2.4 duo and Nagori for 2.4. Riley Lee, visiting master from Australia will also play the Honkyoku Sanya on 3.6, Ralph Samuelson will play a piece from Teiji Ito's Water Mill and Ned will play a new solo piece.

Ned Rothenberg received an ACC Fellowship i 1986 for travel to Japan.

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Grantee: Ned Rothenberg

Exhibition / Japan

Reborn Art Festival 2017

July 22, 2017 - September 10, 2017

Kohei Nawa will exhibit works at two venues at the art, music and food festival, Reborn-Art Festival 2017, held in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture― Oginohama, Oshika Peninsula and the Kyu Kankeimaru Shoten in Ishinomaki city.

 

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Grantee: Kohei Nawa

Exhibition / China

Lei Lei: Coming Soon

June 11, 2017 - September 10, 2017

Throughout the summer at OCAT Personal Space is dedicated to the work of the young Beijing-based animation artist Lei Lei, and to the premiere of his latest moving image project Coming Soon. A feature-length animation, Coming Soon is the result of five years of hard work beginning in 2012. This stunning hand-crafted work of moving image takes its narrative from the life-story of Lei Lei’s grandfather Lei Ting. Combining drawing, collage, archival film and photos as well as footage of Lei Lei’s grandfather, Coming Soon is a remarkable feat of research and imagination, as the artist explores a complex historic era through the eyes of his generation and his own singular perspective. Both Lei Ting and Lei Lei’s father, Lei Jiaqi, were involved in this animation’s production, which lends the piece a subtle intimacy and great emotional force.

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Grantee: Lei Lei

Performance / Hong Kong

Vipassana

September 8, 2017 - September 10, 2017

"In stillness there exists clarity, beauty and serenity." Vipassana is presented by HKDC Artistic Director Yang Yuntao, renowned scenographer Tsang Man-tung and award-winning composer Law Wing-fai. Vipassana consists of three parts, each a personal account of the artist's life experience,  in a soul-cleansing ritual.

Yang Yuntao, Tsang Man Tung and Law Wing-fai all received ACC fellowships for research on theater and dance in New York.

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Grantees: Kelvin Man Tung Tsang, Wing Fai Law, Yuntao Yang

Exhibition / China

Yang Fudong: Moving Mountains

June 11, 2017 - September 10, 2017

Moving Mountains is inspired by the ancient tale of a man, whom some called foolish, for seeking to move a mountain. Yang Fudong makes this story a poetic reflection upon human nature and the shifting values to which it can be subject, presented in a 46-minute black-and-white film, Moving Mountains, complete in November 2016 at the invitation of the Rolls-Royce Art Programme.

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Grantee: Fudong Yang

Performance / Taiwan

Paradise Interrupted

September 8, 2017 - September 10, 2017

Reimagining and fusing the biblical story of Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden and the vivid dream of Du Liniang in The Peony Pavilion, Paradise Interrupted opens with a woman alone onstage, dreaming of an erotic encounter with her ideal lover. This dream triggers a psychological journey through a surreal, interactive garden made from dynamic paper sculptures.

This kunqu opera was co-produced by the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), New York Lincoln Center and Spoleto Festival USA. Three workshops that give the audience a chance to interact with the opera's director and performers will be held in the arts center in Kaohsiung Sept. 8-10. 

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Grantee: Jennifer Ma

Exhibition / Philippines

DE-ROUTE

August 19, 2017 - September 9, 2017

ACC grantees NOEL SOLER CUIZON and DON M. SALUBAYBA are featured in “De-Route,”  a unified installation together with visual artists Jef Carnay and  Karen Ocampo Flores. A collaboration reminiscent of the four artists’ joint forays in community art, art education, and arts advocacy, the show revisits the artists’ routes of artmaking and re-imagines the ways of de-routing these activities from its mere outcomes. It presumes to state that the artist is continually a work in progress, integrated and sometimes colliding with other persons and matters in progress.

Noel received his ACC fellowship in 1998 while Don was able to participate in the International Residency Program of the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California and observe contemporary art activities in New York during his fellowship in 2004.

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Grantees: Don Maralit Salubayba, Noel Cuizon

Performance / Singapore

Trojan Women

September 7, 2017

Trojan Women is a contemporary Asian musical created from K-pop and pansori, the 400-year-old Korean genre of musical storytelling anointed as a UNESCO Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Directed by SIFA Founding Festival Director, Ong Keng Sen, in a collaboration with the National Theater Of Korea, this production took Seoul by storm at the close of 2016 and is being staged for the first time outside Korea.



From the essence of a tale said to have happened around 1200BC that intrigued Homer, Trojan Women has been reinvented. Composed by celebrated master-artist, pansori singer and National Treasure, Ms Anh Sook-sun, in collaboration with K-pop composer extraordinaire, Jung Jae-Il, Trojan Women tells the story of women in war in a showcase of gripping power and cross-cultural beauty.

In keeping with the work’s strong gender perspectives, renowned Beijing choreographer Wen Hui joins the production with her signature movement work drawing from the daily lives of women. SIFA began its life with the acclaimed Korean adaptation of another Greek classic “Oedipus”. Founding Festival Director Ong remembers this and, in his last season, invites Korean playwright Bae Sam-sik to recast Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1965 adaptation of "The Trojan Women", the Greek classic by Euripides.
 

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Grantees: Hui Wen, Keng Sen Ong

Exhibition / Taiwan

Not the Chelsea Hotel: Isa Ho Solo Exhibition

July 29, 2017 - September 3, 2017

Double Square Gallery is pleased to present Not the Chelsea Hotel - ISA HO solo exhibition, on view from July 29 to September 3. The exhibition will showcase Isa Ho’s ongoing series of the “Westbeth” project and the newly developed serial work “My Peony Pavilion.” While the subject matter of the two series seem to sit on the opposite end of a spectrum: the young and the elderly, the East and the West; the difference between the series embodies Ho’s continual focus on socio-cultural issues. The “Westbeth” series was inspired by and shot at the Westbeth Artists Housing in New York, where Ho spent over four years documenting the senior artists living there, their daily lives and environment. “My Peony Pavilion” utilizes and blends the traditional Chinese Kunqu Opera and Korean popular music K-pop to picture female self-identity in two juxtaposed temporal and spatial frameworks, by leveraging similar pop culture element. The exhibition title Not the Chelsea Hotel (Chinese Title: The Black Swan Effect) points to a key concept: the everyday mundaneness taken for granted might be overturned by a new piece of information – just as when a black swan was “discovered” by an explorer in Australia in 1697, only then people started to realize not all swans were white and their understanding was partial. The concept of the Black Swan Effect becomes the connecting thread: through presenting the two series together in this show, the artist wants to inform the audience’s preconceived notions of facts having the possibility to formulate utterly opposing meanings, once approached with a new angle with a new piece of information presented.

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Grantee: Meng Chuan Isa Ho

Exhibition / Germany

Objects Are Closer Than They Appear

June 30, 2017 - September 2, 2017

The exhibition re-iterates a well-known phrase used for safety warnings in automobile sectors in America. The rear-view mirrors carrying the phrase often makes the artistic minds wonder. The exhibition adopts the thought at its departure and captures the chord between sensibility and nearness. The works showcased in the exhibition explores the idea of nearness and it’s relation to the proximity. The phenomenological possibilities, the emotions and the imaginations explored in the exhibition quote on the probabilities of nearness as well as question our idea and approaches towards perception.

ACC grantee Tatsuo Miyajima is part of this group exhibition. He received an ACC fellowship in 1989 to travel to New York to observe contemporary art activities for six months.

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Grantee: Tatsuo Miyajima

Performance / Philippines

Subflex 3

September 2, 2017

ACC grantee Aki Onda, an artist and composer based in New York, is currently in Manila on his ACC Fellowship. Aki Onda is particularly known for what he describes as “Cassette Memories” — works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by using a Walkman over a span of a quarter-century. His work takes on the forms of composition, performance, and the visual and has been presented in a variety of spaces and programs including MoMA, The Kitchen, documenta 14, Pompidou Center, The Louve, Palais de Tokyo, Bozar, and many others. Onda has frequently collaborated with filmmakers, visual artists, and choreographers, including Ken Jacobs, Michael Snow, Raha Raissnia, Akio Suzuki, and Takao Kawaguchi. 

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Grantee: Aki Onda

Performance / Philippines

CCP Choreographers Series | Koryolab

August 26, 2017 - August 27, 2017

The CCP Choreographers Series launches with Koryolab – a presentation of short, but completed dance pieces by mid-career choreographers in a black box space, mentored intensively by the pioneers in contemporary dance. Six young choreographers will be premiering new and evocative works in this first-ever Koryolab.

2017 ACC grantee and performance artist Russ Ligtas, along with five dance artists, will premiere new and evocative works in “Koryolab”, which is directored by ACC alumnae Denisa Reyes (grantee 1995) and Myra Beltran (grantee 2011).

Mentors and Directors of the Choreographers Series are pioneers of contemporary dance in the Philippines led by ACC grantees DENISA REYES and MYRA BELTRAN. Like Denisa and Myra who embarked on their grants in 1995 and 2011, respectively, ACC grantee and performance artist Russ Ligtas also aims to make the best of his Philippine fellowship grant by meeting and learning from other multidisciplinary artists in New York City later this year.

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Grantees: Cultural Center of the Philippines, Myra Beltran, Russ Ligtas

Performance / Malaysia

6 & 8

August 25, 2017 - August 26, 2017

TAO Dance Theatre, China’s most championed contemporary dance company which has taken Shanghai, Melbourne, London, Amsterdam and New York by storm, makes its first appearance in Malaysia with Tao 6 & 8 at George Town Festival 2017. Beijing-based acclaimed choreographer Tao Ye brings you the two of his “Straight Line Trilogy” Series, 6 and 8.

A ground breaking dance, and the last of its series, 8 has eight dancers lying on the ground, exploring the possibilities of the body movement when it is restricted to floor.

Formed in 2008 by Beijing-based choreographer Tao Ye, TAO Dance Theatre is known for its mixture of art forms, including film and visual art, creating work that has a mesmeric, trance-like quality.

 
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August 25, 2017 (Fri): 8:30 PM
August 26, 2017 (Sat): 9:15 PM
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Grantee: TAO Dance Theater

Exhibition / England

Summer Exhibition 2017

June 13, 2017 - August 20, 2017

Almost 250 years ago, the Royal Academy’s founding members agreed to hold an “Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures and Designs … open to all Artists.”

Everything you’ll see at the Summer Exhibition represents the art being made today. Expect to find a panorama of art in all media, from painting, printmaking, film and photography to sculpture, architectural works and performance art.

 

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Grantee: Arata Isozaki

Exhibition / China

Crisscrossing East and West: The Remaking of Ink Art in Contemporary East Asia

June 18, 2017 - August 20, 2017

The exhibition “Crisscrossing East and West: The Remaking of Ink Art in Contemporary East Asia ” is curated by Mr. Cha Chi Jason WANG  and consists of works by 27 artists from China and other countries.  The artists achieve conceptual transformation creatively through the use of heterogeneous materials, concepts, and formal techniques. “Crisscrossing East and West” as the theme of the exhibition also calls for broader visions and insights to widen the realm of ink art.

Wu Chi-Tsung received a six-month ACC Fellowship in 2013 for creative research in New York City.

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Grantee: Chi-Tsung Wu

Performance / United States

Kavita Shah

August 16, 2017

Composer and vocalist Kavita Shah will be performing with Julian Shore (piano), François Moutin (bass), Ferenc Nemeth (drums) @ | 10pm - 11pm. For more information on her schedule, click here.

Kavita received an ACC fellowship in 2017 to study Indian classical music in Bangalore.

 

 

 

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Grantee: Kavita Shah

Performance / United States

Ami Yamasaki & Seungmin Cha

August 12, 2017

Voice and visual artist Ami Yamasaki from Japan and bamboo flute musician Seungmin from Korea are both currently in New York on their ACC fellowships. They will be collaborating in a performance at The Owl Music Parlor.

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Grantees: Ami Yamasaki, Seungmin Cha

Performance / United States

The Ghost Festival

August 9, 2017 - August 11, 2017

The Ghost Festival is the first multi-disciplinary solo project by Koma. Using a mobile trailer, he creates a gallery of works meant to be both an interactive visual art installment and performance space. Koma envisions a meditative and communal space to honor the connection between past and present, and provide a home for lost spirits. Truly a solo project, all aspects of the work including creation, preparation, and performance are entirely executed by the artist himself. Koma has brought The Ghost Festival to The Yard and American Dance Festival in 2016, and an iteration of this project was commissioned by Danspace Project for performance in May of 2017.

Koma’s appearances at the Pillow as Eiko & Koma date back to the early 1990s. Their work has been presented at prestigious venues including The Joyce Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and a month-long living exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Grantee: Eiko & Koma Otake

Exhibition / India

The Self in Self-Sufficiency

July 28, 2017 - August 5, 2017

The show is themed on “The Self in Self-Sufficiency”, and aims to provide artists with tools which further allow freedom to move between both practice and sustainability. The idea is to provide a platform for creative sustainable development where the art, the artist and the community can co-exist, and foster connections across a wide spectrum of people and networks. 

A total of six artists were selected from hundreds of applicants from all over the country. This year’s artists include Deepak Agasthya (Karnataka), Kumaresan Selvaraj (Chennai), Priyanka Das (Hyderabad), Biplab Sarkar (Delhi), Suryakanta Swain (Delhi) and Utsa Hazarika (Delhi).

At the exhibition [Utsa Hazarika] will be showcasing her video work in progress, Two Yards of Delhi. The final version will be screened at Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa in December.

 

 

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Grantee: Utsa Hazarika

Performance / Philippines

Wailing Women

July 27, 2017 - July 30, 2017

Dance artist ACC grantee EA TORRADO confronts the inarticulable interior experience of grieving, incorporating elements of storytelling, naturalistic movements and dance in “Wailing Women,” an original dance theater piece that embodies the different manifestations of coming to terms with loss.

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July 27, 2017 (Thursday) 8:00 PM
July 30, 2017 (Sunday) 6:00 PM

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Grantee: Ea Marie Torrado

Performance / Philippines

Wailing Women

July 27, 2017 - July 30, 2017

Dance artist ACC grantee EA TORRADO confronts the inarticulable interior experience of grieving, incorporating elements of storytelling, naturalistic movements and dance in “Wailing Women,” an original dance theater piece that embodies the different manifestations of coming to terms with loss.

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July 27, 2017 (Thursday) 8:00 PM
July 30, 2017 (Sunday) 6:00 PM

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Grantee: Ea Marie Torrado

Performance / Taiwan

13 Tongues

July 22, 2017

This is Cloud Gate's 22nd Annual Free Outdoor Performances with CHENG Tsung-lung's 13 Tongues performed by Cloud Gate 2.

Thirteen Tongues, a legendary figure in the 1960s from Bangka - the oldest district and once the most prosperous area in Taipei - was the nickname for the street artist lauded for his remarkable acts portraying multiple roles, imitating characters of male, female, old and young, telling stories and anecdotes of the past and present.

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Grantees: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Tsung-Lung Cheng

Special Event

Setan Jawa

July 21, 2017

A black-and-white silent film about love and sacrifice, by award-winning Indonesian director Garin Nugroho, is modernised with the addition of live gamelan and Western orchestral music, including by Singapore's Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. It is part of the Pesta Raya Malay Festival of Arts at Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.

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Grantee: Garin Nugroho

Special Event / United States

What’s Technology Got to Do With It?

July 20, 2017

Nam June Paik is known as the father of video art. We celebrate this innovative visionary, on what would have been his eighty-fifth birthday, with Barbara London, Yale University’s media arts critic and MoMA’s former associate curator in the department of media and performance art. London established MoMA’s video collection, and was the editor of Soundings: A Contemporary Score, their first major exhibition of sound art. She gives a talk entitled “What’s Technology Got to Do With It?”

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Grantees: Barbara London, Nam June Paik

Special Event / United States

Stephen Petronio in conversation with Ralph Lemon and Jimena Paz

July 18, 2017

Celebrated choreographer Stephen Petronio will be in conversation with Jimena Paz and National Medal of Arts awardee Ralph Lemon in the West Room of Hudson Hall on July 18 at 7pm.  Stephen, Ralph, and Jimena will share video and stories about their creative process and inspirations at Crows Nest, a new dance residency center established by Petronio in Cairo, NY.

Ralph Lemon's dance company Cross Performance received several ACC grants for dance collaborations across.

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Grantee: Ralph Lemon

Exhibition / United States

The Roof

April 19, 2017 - July 5, 2017

Floating above Brookfield Places' Winter Garden, The Roof is a site-specific suspended sculpture by Thai artist, Pinaree Sanpitak that celebrates collaboration and coexistence. The Roof is composed of translucent canopies hanging among the Winter Garden palm trees that create a literal but temporary ‘roof.’ Made from raw silk, glass fiber, non-woven fabric, wires, hooks, chains and aluminum modular truss, The Roof was constructed to interact with the architecture of Brookfield Place — as well as the palms and the people who pass through each day, forming a delicate, surreal shelter within the walls of the Winter Garden.

Pinaree Sanpitak,from Thailand, was in a residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in 2000 with support from ACC.

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Grantee: Pinaree Sanpitak

Exhibition / United States

Sonata: Print Series by Nam June Paik

January 9, 2017 - July 2, 2017

Sonata: Print Series by Nam June Paik offers a series of prints, including Paik’s musical compositions, drawings, photographs, performances, events and video sculptures. Nam June Paik, the Korean-American artist who died in 2006 at age 73, is widely known as the father of video art. He produced a large body of work while exploring the influence of electronic media on the arts.

Nam June Paik received ACC Fellowships in 1965 and 1970 for research in the United States.

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Grantee: Nam June Paik

Exhibition / Thailand

Mode of Liaisons

March 31, 2017 - July 2, 2017

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and the Japan Foundation Asia Center present Mode of Liaisons exhibition as a part of "Condition Report", a collaborative art project with curators from Japan and Southeast Asian countries with the objectives to incubate young curators through working in collboration with senior curators. The Condition Report Project is composed of 2 parts of the curatorial works under the main theme “What is Southeast Asia?”. The first part is 4 exhibitions curated by the senior curators in 4 cities: Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Bangkok to demonstrate their concepts, phenomenons, and contents of contemporary art as well as to employ the exhibition as an opportunity to train young curators. The second part is 14 separated exhibitions curated independently by young curators.

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Grantees: Myat Htay Aung, Roslisham Ismail

Special Event / Hong Kong

Hi! Houses

January 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

Hi! Houses art project is carried out in 4 significant historic sites in Hong Kong, bringing audience a journey into the century-old houses. Wilson Shieh, Lam Tung-pang, Fiona Wong and Jaffa Lam, are invited to pay tribute to the long tradition and historical legacies of 4 selected monuments namely Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, Old House at Wong Uk Village, Law Uk Folk Museum and Sam Tung Uk Museum respectively. The 4 artists develop interpretative works together with their artist teams using their own visual vocabularies, based on field research, historical narratives, regional context as well as their personal experience.

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Grantees: Fiona Lai-ching Wong, Ngo Shan Hui, Tung Pang Lam

Performance / United Kingdom

THIS TOO SHALL PAST

June 30, 2017

Sound artist and ACC grantee TERESA BARROZO invites friends in the UK to visit, listen, and experience her very first sound installation “THIS TOO SHALL PAST” for the SOUND + ENVIRONMENT 2017 conference and festival.  A contemplation on the concept of ephemerality experienced through framed sounds in a performance structure, the event opens on June 30 (Fri), 1-6pm, at the Duality Studio Live Floor University of Hull, United Kingdom as part of the Sound + Environment 2017 Art | Science | Listening | Collaboration. Teresa received her grant in 2014 to observe and research current practices, processes, innovations, and philosophies in music and sound art in the United States.

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Grantee: Teresa Barrozo

Performance / United States

Jen Shyu: Nine Doors

June 29, 2017

ACC grantee Jen Shyu, the acclaimed avant-garde vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, producer, 2016 Doris Duke Artist and Fulbright scholar premieres "Nine Doors," a solo ritual music drama, in eight languages. "Nine Doors" is a work that promises to evoke at levels both personal and global. Nine was inspired by the loss of Shyu’s friend Sri Joko Raharjo “Cilik,” a master of Javanese shadow puppetry who died with his wife and infant son in an automobile accident at the age of 30. His 6-year-old daughter, who survived the crash, is the central character.

Time stops as she encounters powerful female legends—from the Wehali Kingdom of Timor to the Korean folkloric myth of Baridegi, the mother of all shamans—who become her guides. Sung in Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean, Japanese, and English, the work reflects the parallels that exist between life and death, different cultures, and the importance of empathy over destructive assumptions that divide humanity.

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Grantee: Jennifer Shyu

Special Event / United Kingdom

Liz Lerman’s "Creative Response Process" Workshop

June 27, 2017 - June 28, 2017

While focused on the performing arts, this workshop intensive is suitable for all artists interested in developing a feedback process for the creative development of their own work as well as for any producers, programmers or administrators who are involved in artist development. 

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Grantee: Liz Lerman

Performance / United States

Kent/Blossom Music Festival

June 28, 2017

The Kent/Blossom Music Festival is an advanced training institute for professional music training operated by Kent State University in cooperation with The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center presenting public performances by distinguished artist faculty and talented young musicians.

Jennifer Koh received an ACC Fellowship in 2011 for research and creative work in Korea, China, Cambodia, India, and Indonesia.

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Grantee: Jennifer Koh

Exhibition / Australia

Aki Inomata

December 28, 2016 - June 25, 2017

Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital examines the place and impact of new digital manufacturing technologies – 3D printing in its various forms, CNC machining, laser cutting, and digital knitting and weaving. The exhibition features works by more than 60 artists, designers and architects from around the world.

Aki is an artist from Japan who will begin her ACC fellowship in New York in spring 2017.

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Grantee: Aki Inomata

Performance / Canada

Dancing on the Edge Festival | Unwrapping Culture

July 12, 2017 - June 22, 2017

Unwrapping Culture brings together two exceptional male dance artists: Canada’s own Alvin Erasga Tolentino, and Pichet Klunchun, an outstanding exponent of the Thai classical dance style of Khon, who is known internationally for contemporizing this ancient form. Their first collaboration combines the technique, theatricality and storytelling elements of Khon to create a devastating critique of the corruption of authentic Thai culture by the forces of commercialization, in a passionate and bitingly funny duet which immerses the audience in the conflict between traditional and modern.

Pichet Klunchun received an ACC Fellowship in 2000 to participate in the APPEX Program at UCLA. Pichet received the ACC's John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award in 2013 for his distinguished contribution to the international appreciation and understanding of Asian art and culture, particularly for his dedication to preserving the integrity and vitality of Thai classical dance.

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Grantee: Pichet Klunchun

Exhibition / United States

REWOVEN: Innovative Fiber Art

March 16, 2017 - June 20, 2017

Rewoven: Innovative Fiber Art is a collaboration between the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, Taiwanese American Arts Council, New York, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College and the QCC Art Gallery / CUNY. The exhibition showcases twenty-four artists whose extraordinary creativity and commitment to nature, environmental, and social issues are addressed in a convergence of painted, woven, netted, sewn, assembled and installed artworks.

Visual artist Wen-Fu Yu is part of the exhibition. Wen-Fu Yu received an ACC Fellowship in 2002 to undertake a residency in the U.S. and for research in New York.

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Grantee: Wen-Fu Yu

Exhibition / United Kingdom

CULTURE SHIFTS: GLOBAL | LOOK/17 Liverpool International Photography Festival

April 6, 2017 - June 18, 2017

LOOK/17 presents a unique opportunity for trans-global sharing of images and ideas. Working with Hong Kong based curator Ying Kwok, the festival will focus on exchange with China, welcoming Chinese photographers to our city, and exploring images taken in Hong Kong and Liverpool – cities with a long history of exchange.

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Grantees: Wo Bik Wong, Ying Kwok

Exhibition / Korea

Lesson Zero

March 31, 2017 - June 18, 2017

The exhibition Lesson Zero aims to elicit collective contemplation of key issues of contemporary life. The works on display pose questions about teaching and learning, and the customs and circumstances of education. They explore the fundamental premises of these acts along with the resulting cultural implications, provoking thought on how the working principles of these methods are manifested in society. Through artistic observation and ideation, the works of local and international artists question the idea of education, which shapes an individual, and at the same time remind the viewer of the individuals who resist group norms of socialization in classroom and school settings.

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Grantees: Hiroko Okada, Takayuki Yamamoto

Exhibition / United States

Cambodia: Looking Back on the Future

May 4, 2017 - June 14, 2017

Cambodia: Looking Back on the Future is the work of eleven contemporary Cambodian artists, established and emerging, focusing on the human figure and represents the largest known gathering of artwork by Cambodian visual artists in the United States. The exhibition takes a deeper look at contemporary art in Cambodia, the subtleties and complexities that characterize a fluid present moving between past and future. With a tendency towards personal narratives, the figure has emerged, forming a thread to tie together the complexities of personal histories, social issues, identity, displacement and memory. Curators: Debra Fram and Barbara Richards of the Flinn Gallery and Dana Langlois of JavaArts, Phnom Penh.

Vollak Kong received an ACC fellowship in 2012 to observe contemporary art activities and for creative residencies in the U.S.
 
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Grantee: Vollak Kong

Special Event / United States

Next Festival of Emerging Artists

May 28, 2017 - June 10, 2017

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is an intensive and immersive residency for young professional string players focused on musical exploration, entrepreneurial thinking and Contemporary Performance Practice. Founded by Artistic Director Peter Askim in 2013, the festival provides a setting for the next generation of artists to hone their craft in a beautiful setting, with generous financial support and the opportunity to collaborate with world class guest artists, including cellist Matt Haimovitz, ETHEL, cellist Jeff Zeigler, violist Nadia Sirota and guitarist/composer Richard Thompson.

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Grantee: Jennifer Koh

Exhibition / Philippines

MEDUSA

May 6, 2017 - June 3, 2017

Known for her photographic works in portraiture, contemporary landscape, and installation, 2008 ACC Fellow Wawi Navarroza returns with a much-anticipated show that summons “the Medusa and the Gaze” that can turn the “seen” into stone. Spending the last two years in field work, photography, research and hours at sea, the artist alludes to searching for the philosopher’s stone, this time: in MARBLE—as material and muse. The exhibit comes together with large-format photographs, sculpture/installation, and a durational painting.

MEDUSA will be on view until June 3 2017. Opening Reception on May 6th, Saturday starts at 6:00pm. Walkthrough with the artist is on the 27th, Saturday at 3 pm. 

Wawi Navarroza recieved an ACC fellowship in 2008 for research and creative work in the United States.

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Grantee: Wawi Navarroza

Exhibition / United States

Embrace or Rebel? Traditional Asian Art Techniques in Contemporary Practice Art Exhibition

February 28, 2017 - June 1, 2017

Embrace or Rebel? Traditional Asian Art Techniques in Contemporary Practice, a group exhibition curated by gallery director Hyewon Yi, presents works in various media by seven Contemporary East Asian artists who interpret traditional methods in innovative ways. Embrace or Rebel? considers long-established Asian techniques and styles that have taken a backseat to Contemporary East Asian art, partly due to their being viewed as antithetical to Modernism.

Enrico Isamu Oyama 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.

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Grantee: Enrico Isamu Oyama

Exhibition

VOICE of the WOODS

April 6, 2017 - May 28, 2017

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth in 2017, Koichiro Kurita’s work from the project Beyond Spheres will be exhibited in the Main Gallery of the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA from April 6 through May 28, 2017. In response to Thoreau’s writings and overriding philosophy regarding timeless man’s relationship with nature, these photographs are an answer to the question “What if Thoreau had been a photographer?” 

Koichiro Kurita launched the Beyond Spheres project in 2010. The aim of this project was, and is, to give pictorial form to Thoreau’s ideas and writings by employing the existing photographic methods in Thoreau’s time and invented by his contemporary, photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot. In homage to Thoreau and Talbot, Kurita has created handmade photographs with the same depth of thought and reflection on man’s coexistence with nature in this project. This approach provides a unique opportunity to experience Thoreau’s philosophy of man’s relationship to nature in visual form and to demonstrate the value of photography made by hand in today’s fast-paced world.

Mr. Kurita received an ACC fellowship in 1990 for creative work in photography in the U.S.

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Grantee: Koichiro Kurita

Performance / United States

Shared Evening: Yoshiko Chuma | Rady Nget | Brother(hood) Dance!

May 25, 2017 - May 26, 2017

Dancer, choreographer and ACC grantee Rady Nget; artist and choreographer Yoshiko Chuma; and dance duo Brother(hood) Dance! all perform at LaMama as part of LaMama Moves!

Rady Nget, from Cambodia, is currently on his ACC fellowship and has been performing throughout New York since his grant began.

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Grantee: Rady Nget

Performance / China

INFINITELY FLOW IN SPACE | PHYSICALITY IN THEATRE

May 21, 2017

Ying breaks the consistence and the predictable moving order of traditional dance principles, attempting to use a stream-of-consciousness, vague and inconsequence expression to buils movements with their own independence. Therefore, the beginning of the movement is also the end of it. It is fleeting, like writing in water, like fragments flashing from memory, a replication of a dream.

Hou Ying received an ACC fellowship in 2011 to present workshops in Taiwan.

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Grantee: Hou Ying

Exhibition / Indonesia

WIMBA KALA

April 28, 2017 - May 15, 2017

"Wimba Kala" curated by curators Rizki A. Zaelani, Pindi Setiawan, and R. Cecep Eka Permana, assisted by curator assistant Adhi Agus Oktaviana, is an event that combines two disciplines at once, arts and archeology.This is a new challenge for the National Gallery of Indonesia as well as for the artists of this exhibition to 'see' a study and scientific data from an art point of view, and present it in an interesting artistic visualization not only enjoyed by archaeologists and art lovers only, but all levels of society in general.

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Grantee: Achmad Krisgatha

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

February 23, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is a celebration of the legendary Japanese artist’s sixty-five-year career and promises to be one of 2017’s essential art experiences. Visitors will have the unprecedented opportunity to discover six of Kusama’s captivating Infinity Mirror Rooms alongside a selection of her other key works, including a number of  paintings from her most recent series My Eternal Soul that have never been shown in the US. From her radical performances in the 1960’s, when she staged underground polka dot “Happenings” on the streets of New York, to her latest Infinity Mirror Room, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, the Hirshhorn exhibition will showcase Kusama’s full range of talent for the first time in Washington, DC. Don’t miss this unforgettable sensory journey through the mind and legacy of one of the world’s most popular artists.

Yayoi Kusama received ACC Fellowships in 1964 and 1996 for travel in the United States.

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Exhibition / United States

Japanese Artists in New York - 1971, Photographs by Tom Haar

February 16, 2017 - May 13, 2017

 

During the early years of Tom Haar’s residence in New York, from 1968 to 1983, he learned of a large group of Japanese artists. intrigued by their exciting lifestyle in New York, and having grown up in Japan himself, he decided to capture their creative lives in a photo essay, "Japanese Artists in New York - 1971."

“New York was very stimulating in the early 1970s—in areas gritty and seedy—especially in lower Manhattan, where many of the artists lived. soho and the artists’ housing, westbeth, were still in their infancies.”

It has been forty-six years since Haar worked on this project. today, many of these artists are still creatively active in new york. one of the photographed artists, Yayoi Kusama, now a well-known artist with international celebrity status, will be highlighted at this year’s Honolulu Biennial, March 8th to May 8th.

Tom Haar received ACC Fellowships in 1983 and 1985 for travel to Korea and Japan for photograph is documentation.

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Grantee: Tom Haar

Performance / United States

KOMA: The Ghost Festival

May 11, 2017 - May 13, 2017

Koma Otake, known as one half of the celebrated performance duo Eiko & Koma for the past 40 years,  will be using a mobile trailer, to create an interactive visual art installment, as well as a performance space. The design, paintings, and choreography, have all been created or set by Koma himself. Only through performance and the presence of his body in relation to the set does The Ghost Festival truly come to form. Koma envisions The Ghost Festival as a meditative and communal space to honor the connection between past and present, and provide a home for lost spirits.

The Ghost Festival was seen in progress during Danspace’s Platform 2016: A Body in Places, dedicated to the work of Eiko Otake.

Koma received an ACC fellowship in 2007 to pursue research on dance and related cultural activities in Cambodia and to offer workshops and performances in Phnom Penh.

At 7pm, prior to each performance, Koma will host free 5-minute public previews outside of Danspace Project. Open to all!

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Grantee: Eiko & Koma Otake

Special Event / United States

An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan

May 10, 2017

ACC grantee Douglas Brooks, craftsman and Japanese boat specialist and author of the comprehensive survey "Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding," will be speaking at the Japan Society on May 10. He will be sharing what he discovered on his journey to fishing villages around Japan, where he interviewed elderly master boat builders and, in six cases, became their last apprentice. Japan's hand-crafted wooden boats, admired for their timeless beauty and precise construction, have a rich history in the island nation. Fearing that the techniques, designs and secrets of this trade might disappear within one or two generations, craftsman and Japanese boat specialist Douglas Brooks embarked on a quest to preserve and document these time-honored traditions. Moderated by Dane Owen, founder and owner of Shibui Japanese Antiques and Furniture.

Brooks received ACC fellowships for his research on traditional boatbuilding in Japan and Taiwan. 

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Grantee: Douglas Brooks

Exhibition / United States

2017 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature

May 1, 2017 - May 7, 2017

Founded in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the U.S. and the world, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in America, and the only one in the world with a human rights focus. 

The thirteenth annual PEN World Voices Festival will take on some vital issues, with a special focus on today’s relationship between gender and power. Taking place in New York City, May 1-7, 2017, the weeklong festival will use the lens of literature and the arts to confront new challenges to free expression and human rights—issues that have been core to PEN America’s mission since its founding. At this historic moment of both unprecedented attacks on core freedoms and the emergence of new forms of resistance, the Festival will offer a platform for a global community of writers, artists and thinkers to connect with concerned citizens and the broader public to fight back against bigotry, hatred and isolationism.

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Grantees: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Alexandra Munroe

Performance / United States

The Assignment

April 19, 2017 - May 7, 2017

The world premiere of The Assignment, an original play by Camilo Almonacid, developed by Houses on the Moon Theater Company, in association with Rhymes Over Beats, and directed by Emily Joy Weiner, features Erick Betancourt as Julian J. Torres, and ACC grantee Karen Kandel as Helen Payne in this two-character play about an English professor who is shaken when a student's personal essay reopens long buried wounds.

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Grantee: Karen Kandel

Special Event / United States

Thai Classical Dance Workshop with Kornkarn Rungsawang

May 6, 2017

Dance is the main dramatic art form of Thailand. Thai dance, like many forms of traditional Asian dance, can be divided into two major categories: classical dance and folk dance. Until the 20th century, Thai classical dance was only permitted to be performed in the Royal Court.

Come and learn about the basic movement of the male and femail characters from ACC grantee Kornkarn Rungsawang. There will be a short choreography and an introduction to contemporary Thai movement. Register for this event by April 24 here.

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Grantee: Kornkarn Rungsawang

Performance / United States

A Body in Places: Queens Edition

May 6, 2017

Topaz Art Center will host Eiko's workshop, exhibition opening, and her performance at its studio and gallery in Queens. The exhibition will feature photos by William Johnston of Eiko in Fukushima and at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant, a short drive from Manhattan, to draw the connection between a disaster far away and a potential disaster close to home.

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Grantee: Eiko & Koma Otake

Exhibition / United States

Sandra Eula Lee: Make of/Make Do

December 27, 2016 - May 6, 2017

Sandra Lee’s installations incorporate sculptural, photographic, and drawing traditions to consider ways in which place is created among changing urban and environmental conditions. The sculptures and installations she constructs are informed by her observations of daily life and through the collecting and reconfiguring of the materials that pass through it.

 

Sandra Eula Lee received an ACC Fellowship in 2009 to travel to Korea.

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Grantee: Sandra Eula Lee

Performance / Philippines

GUGMA

April 23, 2017

2007 ACC Philippines Fellow Grace Nono performs on stage at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) in “GUGMA” (love in Visayan language), a concert featuring Visayan love songs popularized by various singers in the 20th century. Most of these songs were also featured in her album Dalit: Songs of Love, Loss, and Finding Heart Again (Tao Music, 2009).

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Grantee: Grace Nono

Exhibition / Japan

From Nirvana to Catastrophe – Matsuzawa Yutaka and his ‘Commune in Imaginary Space’

March 3, 2017 - April 22, 2017

Curated by Yoshiko Shimada, From Nirvana to Catastrophe: Matsuzawa Yutaka and his 'Commune in Imaginary Space' focuses on the period 1969 - 1973, which has been the most active years of Matsuzawa's activities. Reflecting on the exhibition Nirvana (1970), the pioneer of international exhibitions on Conceptualism in Japan, the exhibition traces the formation of Matsuzawa's thoughts and his idea of 'free commune' in a chronological order through nine document and material bodies. 

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Grantee: Yoshiko Shimada