alumni events around the world

Exhibition / Vietnam

Flowers

April 4, 2019 - April 4, 2020

The song ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ by Pete Seeger, heard on repeat as part of the flowers artwork, is listed as one of the top 20 most influencing political songs and an anti-war song from the 60s era. It is inspired by Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel The Quiet Flows the Don, and by three lines of an Ukrainian folk song: ‘where are the flowers, the girls have plucked them. where are the girls, they’ve all taken husbands. where are the men, they’re all in the army.’

Composed of the word ‘flowers’ in rose coloured neon light writing mounted on the simple cardboard box of a popular Vietnamese instant noodle brand, the work exudes a gentle and tender air. the noodle box is nostalgic and humble, an allusion to childhood years in the subsidized period, when the artist’s mother sold coffee and food to earn a living in hard times. Coming out from the box, a small set of headphones play the song like an echo; its sound creating a heady audio essence that emanates from within. Together, in a modest ode, these elements accentuate the interchange between the physical and intangible factors at play in the work, and slowly unfurl the complex notions of beauty and peace.

about the artist:
Tran Minh Duc (b.1982, Vietnam) is a visual artist based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam working with the mediums of performance, photography, collage and installation. through a multidisciplinary approach, Tran seeks to explore collective memory and cultural archives by investigating historical narratives, the effects of colonialism and imperialism, and the lasting impacts of war and migration. He is interested in the interactions between the collective and individual, and the local and the foreign; his work forms a personal interrogation of what it means to be Vietnamese in the intricate fabric of contemporaneity. Tran graduated with a BA in painting from the College of Culture and Arts of Ho Chi Minh City, and has since exhibited widely in Vietnam and internationally. Tran is an alumnus of ACC -- in 2017, he received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to be in residence at Art in General in New York City, USA. His artwork flowers was previously exhibited with MoT+++ in 2015, and is part of the Post Vidai, a Vietnamese Art Collection.

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Grantee: Tran Minh Duc

Exhibition / United States
October 16, 2019 - February 29, 2020

THE EXTRAORDINARY

FEATURING:
ACC alumnus Firoz Mahmud, Bangladesh; Sarah Mihara Creagen, Canada; Woomin Kim, South Korea; Yue Nakayama, Japan; Anna Parisi, Brazil; Shimpei Shirafuji, Japan; Catalina Tuca, Chile; Ramyar Vala, Iran

The Extraordinary is a group show of eight artists who are individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. The exhibition seeks to bring transparency to the immigration process and at the same time, inspect the system, which requires those selected to have “distinction” and be “renowned” in the arts—a subjective and complicated qualification.
Complimentary public programming will include workshops with immigration lawyers, support group meetings with other visa seekers and awardees, artist talks and tours, among other relevant events. 

Taking place at Hunter East Harlem Gallery (HEHG),the exhibition is generated from an open call where 123 artists applied hailing from 40 different countries.

Eight artists were selected by the prestigious jury made of:
✦ María del Carmen Carrión, Project Manager, Cisneros Institute at MoMA
✦ Solana Chehtman, Director of Civic Programs, The Shed
✦ Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions & Curator, Queens Museum
✦ Javier Telles, internationally recognized artist

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Grantee: Firoz Mahmud

Exhibition / United States

Art, Artists & You (2nd spell)

June 8, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Children's Museum of Manhattan
Firoz Mahmud is in a group exhibition at CMOM, New York
Art, Artists & You (2nd spell)
June 8 to December 31, 2019

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Grantee: Firoz Mahmud

Exhibition / United States

NEW ASIAN FUTURISMS

September 27, 2019 - December 6, 2019

NEW ASIAN FUTURISMS
ARTISTS: Saks Afridi | Melissa Chen | Amir-Behan Jahanbin | Firoz Mahmud | JiSoo Lee | Leeroy New |Tomorrow We Inherit the Earth:The Queer Intifada | Eva Wǒ
WORKING GROUP: Ching-In Chen | Wit López | Atif Sheikh | Li Sumpter
September 27 – December 6, 2019 | Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm
Opening Reception: First Friday, October 4, 6-9pm
Closing Reception: First Friday, December 6, 6-9pm

Mainstream fictions, especially science fiction of doomed futures and metaphors for oppression often evoke fear. Instead, what if we repaired the imaginations of fragmented pasts and accepted the new formats of allegory, dialogue, expression; accepted the post-human biome. A shift in perspective and observing multiple histories of diverse communities can inspire us to look forward to looking forward. What if we could use a new futurism to create a narrative of hope?

In New Asian Futurism, we asked artists to imagine a place beyond time and space, a backdrop for the imagination of queer, differently abled, of multiplicity of thought; to continue the journeys embarked upon by Afrofuturists like Samuel R. Delaney, Sun Ra and most importantly, Octavia Butler. What if we made the traditional purview of science fiction more inclusive; unapologetically naturalist, spiritual and healing. Responding to these questions with existing media, New Asian Futurism is a public arts program to showcase visual art, digital media, poetry and performance.
#AAINewAsianFuturisms

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Grantees: Firoz Mahmud, Jan Leeroy New

Special Event / United States

Cultural Conversation with Mark Wasiuta and Felicity Scott

December 4, 2019

Join ACC's community of grantees, staff, alumni, and peers as scholars Mark Wasiuta and Felicity Scott discuss their 2017 ACC Fellowship to Cambodia, Japan, and Vietnam to research the architectural legacy of Vann Molyvann, Cambodian architect who transformed the country's built environment in the post-independence period.

About Cultural Conversations: Cultural Conversations provides ACC alumni a platform to share their experience and expertise with a broad network of artists, cultural practitioners, and beyond. We have an exciting lineup for fall 2019.

To RSVP click HERE.

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Grantees: Felicity Scott, Mark Wasiuta

Exhibition / DR Congo

Congo Biennale, ‘Transition’

October 20, 2019 - November 21, 2019

The Congo Biennale is a Congolese contemporary festival of art, which will take place over 33 days in public spaces, a fine Art Institute, gallery spaces, Kin Art Studio space, the French Institute and Bilembo art center. More than 40 artists, designers, architects, art historians, curators, art critics and others from 5 continents, have been invited to propose a project that will be realized and presented as part of this international event in the cosmopolitan city of Kinshasa. ACC alumnus Firox Mahmud is one of the participating artists.

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Grantee: Firoz Mahmud

Performance / United States

Zero Grasses solo on Gassmann Electronic Music Series at University of California Irvine

November 15, 2019

In Zero Grasses, ACC alumna Jen Shyu weaves together composition, vocals, dance, piano, Japanese biwa, Korean gayageum, Taiwanese moon lute, and electronics into a ritualistic solo performance. This new project addresses—and aims to heal—the loss of communication between humanity and nature, and the need to restore human bonds.

Free and open to the public.

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Grantee: Jennifer Shyu

Performance / United States

Nine Doors solo at Just Jazz Concert Series

November 13, 2019

Wednesday Nights will never be the same as the JazzCat LeRoy Downs, Mr Musichead Art Gallery and All Music Television present the Just Jazz Live After Work Concert Series with a Jen Shyu Solo Performance on Wednesday, November 13th at the Mr Musichead Art Gallery on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. Come early for a Wine Reception and Art Gallery tour and stay for the music. Visit www.justjazz.tv to check out upcoming shows, artists bios and performance schedules and to buy posters and tickets. The Just Jazz Live Music After Work Concert Series. Where Music & Art Meet. Every Wednesday beginning May 23, 2018. Doors open at 6pm. VIP Reserved guests receive guaranted seating and free beer and wine. Limited seating.

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Grantee: Jennifer Shyu

Special Event / United States

East-West Dialogues: Kengo Kuma Vision of Architecture Beyond 2020

November 12, 2019

World-renowned architect Kengo Kuma received an ACC Fellowship in 1985 to serve as a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. His work takes inspiration from nature and natural materials in a modernistic approach that explores the recovery and revitalization of the traditional aesthetics of Japanese architecture. The New National Stadium in Tokyo, is on view in Japan Society's  exhibition, Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020. Kuma will share his recent projects and dynamic vision beyond 2020 through his holistic approach in creating architecture in harmony with the environment towards a new quality of living.

About East-West Dialogues
East-West Dialogues* is ACC's annual lecture series that engages distinguished thought leaders from the arts and cultural fields in Asia and the West. The series aims to encourage critical thinking and promote cross-cultural dialogue, exchange and understanding to further the mission of the Asian Cultural Council. This year's East-West Dialogue is co-organized and co-presented by Asian Cultural Council and Japan Society.

*East-West Dialogues was established by a generous endowment gift from Tsuneko and Shoji Sadao.

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Grantee: Kuma Kengo

Special Event / United States

The Films of Song Dong

November 2, 2019 - November 9, 2019

On the occasion of the ACC alumnus Song Dong's solo exhibition at Pace’s gallery in London this fall, Pace Live will present a week-long screening of video works and films that document his ongoing performance practice from the 1990s to the present. Among the works featured in the presentation are Broken Mirror (2005)—a film comprised of opposing images that together expose the struggle of Beijing culture to maintain its traditions despite the inevitable forces of urbanization—and Touching My Father (1998), a video in which Song projects an image of his own hand onto his father’s body, alluding to traditional relationships between fathers and sons and offering a metaphorical bridge across the generation gaps that have marked China’s recent development. Beijing-based artist Song Dong's performances and videos explore the duality of the poetic and the political, the personal and the global, to question the nature of reality in the face of China’s rapid modernization.

Pace Live is a new  multidisciplinary initiative encompassing music, dance, film, performance, and conversation, programmed specifically for Pace’s new global headquarters in NYC. Pace Live occupies a 150-seat multi-use space on the gallery’s 7th floor and will give artists, scholars, and other critical forces in the field the opportunity and flexibility to experiment across a range of disciplines and connect with the public in new ways.

 

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Grantee: Song Dong

Performance / United States

Solo at Magic Triangle Jazz Series

November 7, 2019

Sung in Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean, Japanese, and English, ACC alumna Jen Shyu's multilingual and multi-instrumental piece Nine Doors explores powerful female legends as guides to her study of the importance of empathy. | | Tickets $15; Students $7 | Accessible Seating available by calling the Box Office |

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Grantee: Jennifer Shyu

Exhibition / United States

Tiffany Chung: Passage of Time

September 12, 2019 - November 2, 2019

ACC alumna Tiffany Chung (Vietnam/USA) is noted for her cartographic drawings, sculptures, videos, photographs, and theater performances that examine conflict, migration, displacement, urban progress and transformation in relation to history and cultural memory. 

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Grantee: Tiffany Chung

Exhibition / United States

Not Just Another Pretty Picture

June 27, 2019 - October 30, 2019

The Berkshire Art Museum is presenting a group show: “Not Just Another Pretty Picture.” Featured Artists are ACC alumni Firoz Mahmud and Kevin Bubriski, James Allen, Sandra Moore, Saira Wasim, Dan Wolf.

Some artists create for content - and not to make art that looks pretty above the living room couch. Art can be disturbing, but good art prevails. Also exhibiting: “Dark Matter” – Works by the Berkshire Museum Advisory Board Members, and “Death of a Loved One” - 1890s Fashion: Collection of Greg Lafave.” along with ongoing exhibitions from the permanent collection, including Eric Rudd’s huge Iceberg Installation, Robotic Sculpture, and Berkshire Art Museum Annex – A Chapel for Humanity - a massive sculptural epic with 150 life-sized figures, 250 low-relief ceiling figures and a September 11 Memorial Garden, first opened in 2001.

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Grantees: Firoz Mahmud, Kevin Bubriski

Performance / United States

Jen Shyu's ZERO GRASSES solo world premiere

October 30, 2019

New Music. New Jazz. Curated by John Zorn.

The John Zorn Commissioning Series celebrates The Stone, Zorn’s revolutionary venue “dedicated to the experimental and avant-garde”, which served as a vital spot for new music in the East Village for over a decade. Held on the last Wednesday of every month, National Sawdust honors the spirit of The Stone, hosting artists selected by John Zorn presenting world premieres of new works.

This month’s concert features ACC alumna and groundbreaking composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and vocalist Jen Shyu and her new solo multilingual, multimedia drama, ZERO GRASSES, directed by Alexandru Mihail with set and props design by Kristen Robinson and lighting design by Solomon Weisbard.

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Grantee: Jennifer Shyu

Exhibition / Korea

Pink flowers blossom here there and everywhere every past and upcoming springtime

August 29, 2019 - October 27, 2019

ACC alumnus Trần Minh Đức was born 1982, nearly 7 years after the American War (internationally known as Vietnam War) in Ho Chi Minh City (formal name was Saigon pre 1975), Vietnam. Đức grows up with his none understanding of the wartime and only with random stories from his own family relatives, grandparents and parents who directly got involved in such time. Along with his own memories with changes every day every year in the largest city in Vietnam located in the South side of Vietnam, war remnants to him were redesigned war objects to be household facilities within family, neighborhood playgrounds with friends at not yet renovated center of city's streets and tastes of out of expiry date foods and sweets.

Trần later joined and graduated from College of Culture and Arts of HCMC. Practising and experimenting as a visual artist in the city with the slow growth of contemporary art flows, he more and more put more interest to the narration of history by informal resources of information, word of mouth tales and shared personal memories.

During this 3 month time in Jeju Island, Đức put himself's view at a position of a Vietnamese child who was born after Vietnam War, seeing hearing reading information lines about Jeju 4.3 incident, with the end of WW2 that happened with the involvement of the Japanese, the American the Russian then later the split of North and South Korea - which is similar to Vietnam’s situation in the past.
The composition of the exhibition - presentation is with installations of found objects from Vietnam war surplus market and recorded sounds and voices of survivors in videos displayed at Jeju 4.3 Peace Park Museum. The most visible visual is created by the parachutes bought from war surplus market located in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, they are parachutes from illuminating flare remnants. The are sold in the market by vendeurs with introduction of specific words for Vietnam War objects aiming to collectors and foreign tourists. With his project, Đức colors all the parachutes into pink color as an action of putting layer upon history stories and objects, it is like the aims of war market vendeurs of making stories on all products that they sell whatever that are true or false. That is also similar to history and all what happened in the past, there are always lies and truths, also secrets that are hidden to all people that we all could not find the answer.

The presentation of art works is like a wish of harmony between places and spaces, where there would be no separation of geography border nor discrimination of colors and symbol of festive occasion, places and spaces where at spring time, pink flowers would blossom everywhere with the great harmony of happiness.

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Grantee: Tran Minh Duc

Exhibition / United States
September 13, 2019 - October 26, 2019

The Perfect Image
ACC alumnus Firoz Mahmud at The Local Project Gallery New York
On view at The Local NYC September 13 – October 26
Opening Reception Friday September 13, 6-9pm

Exhibition hosting local artists in the medium of photography.
Participating Artists :
Ana Reza, Andranik Aroutiounian, Annalisa Iadicicco, Aya Rivera, Caroline Allegrante, Christy Becker, Dana Stirling, David Rivera, Demetrius Gooden, Dre Raq, Ed Grant, Elaine Norman, Emma Milligan, Firoz Mahmud, Fulvia R Zambon, Isabelle Schneider, Janette Mochnacz, J-m Guyaux, Jennifer Holtz, June Kosloff, Laurel Lueders, Lisa DiClerico, Margaret McCarthy, Maria Sochaniewicz, Matti Havens, Maura Therese Barthel, Mo Gelber, Orestes Gonzalez, Paul Katcher, Paul Jan, Percy Holmes, Priscilla Stadler, Raymond B. Normandeau, Rhasaan Oyasaba Manning, Rita Frazier Normandeau, Robin Porter Van Sise, Salvador Espinoza, Susan Spangenberg, Wanda von Bremen, Yoav Friedländer.
Curated by Carolina Peñafiel and John Baber

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Grantee: Firoz Mahmud

Performance / United States

Violin Duo String Noise Plays the Music of Ki Young Kim

October 25, 2019

Crossing Boundaries Concert Series Vol. 10
CLASSICAL AVANT PUNK VIOLIN DUO STRING NOISE
Performs the Music of Ki Young Kim

Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 8 pm
Tickets $20 – $30

curator: gamin
musicians: String Noise (violin duo Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris)
gamin (piri)
composer: Ki Young Kim

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Grantees: Kang Hyo Sun "gamin", Kim Kiyoung

Special Event / United States

THOMAS PIERCY: TOKYO TO NEW YORK

October 25, 2019

The October 25, 2019  “Thomas Piercy: Tokyo to New York” concert on the Bargemusic Here and Now  series features works by Tokyo and NYC-based composers, and includes new works composed for clarinetist Thomas Piercy by Chen Yihan, Lyudmilla German, Kyoko Hirai, Zhihua Hu, Miho Sasaki, and Michael Schelle, as well as the United States premiere of  ACC alumnus Toshi Ichiyanagi’s “Existence.”

The composers range in age from 24 to 96 years, and include recent college graduates as well as composers that have received such recognition as the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award, the Latin Grammy Award, and Japan’s Order of Culture. Composers Chen Yihan, Lyudmilla German, Zhihua Hu, Akemi Naito, Miho Sasaki, Michael Schelle, and Jose Serebrier will be in attendance at the concert. Since 2012, Thomas Piercy and the Tokyo to New York concerts have premiered over 100 works and numerous Japan and United States premieres.

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Grantee: Ichiyanagi Toshi