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

Art, Artists & You (2nd spell)

June 8, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Children 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

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

Exhibition / United States

Ilana Harris-Babou: Clean Lines

May 22, 2019 - September 8, 2019

Curated by ACC grantee Jinglun Zhu, Ilana Harris-Babou’s solo exhibition "Clean Lines" presents a new installation that draws on the branding strategies of luxury home-goods companies and the language of twentieth-century zoning laws in the US. The installation activates the surfaces and depths of the window display by expanding on the visual tactics and multilayered contents of her previous video work, Red Sourcebook (2018). In this new iteration, Harris-Babou juxtaposes the sleek lines and aspirational rhetoric of home-furnishing advertising with color-coded maps and texts from the exclusionary policies that continue to shape real estate development in the present.

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Grantee: Zhu Jinglun

Performance / Vietnam

Transient Creatures

June 1, 2019 - September 6, 2019

The Performance 'Welcome (Back) to Saigon, We are from Củ Chi' is a multi version performance work by Đức. The work is inspired by a photograph taken at Địa đạo Củ Chi (The Cu Chi Tunnels site) which is posted on Wikipedia information page of this site. The photograph represents 3 ladies getting dressed up in South Vietnamese traditional costume áo bà ba, khăn rằn and green soldier hat showing that they are playing role of Củ Chi guerrillas at the site now became well-known by tourists who come to Saigon. Vietnam and Saigon Ho Chi Minh City specifically in the recent decades of market oriented economy has shown many positive changes but also interferences in social political history, of the past and the presence.
The three young performers in the performance, this time with Performance festival program Transient Creatures taking place in HCMC in June, will state their welcoming message 'Welcome Back to Saigon' to any people who joins the events to start the conversation(s). Even if one is a veteran coming back to Saigon to search for the traces from the past or they are just very young people who make their first trip to Vietnam as well as multi-national cooperations, they are all Welcomed Back to Saigon by three young citizens saying they are from Củ Chi.

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Grantee: Tran Minh Duc

Performance / United States

Breathing Peace: Music for a More Peaceful World

August 4, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 2:00-5:00 PM

Admission: Free – Attendees will be asked to volunteer time or donate money to an organization that promotes peace
Registration Requested: breathingpeace.eventbrite.com

BREATHING PEACE is a concert designed to help people envision peace and find a path to compassion and tolerance through inward reflection and outward action. Music has the power to heal. It eases personal anguish in a world burdened with violence and hatred. Great New York musicians have come together, donating their time and talent to make this an afternoon to encourage contemplation of how we, both individually and as a community, can build a more peaceful world. Solo and duo performances of classical, jazz and world music. Admission is free but the audience will be asked to volunteer time or donate money to an organization that promotes peace. Recommendations will be made available.

Participating musicians (subject to change)
Douglas J. Cuomo - Guitar
Charlie Gerard - Alto Saxophone
Eva Gerard - Viola
Steve Gorn - Bansuri
Taka Kigawa - Piano
Miyama McQueen-Tokita - Koto
Thomas Piercy - Clarinet and Hichiriki
Kathleen Supove - Piano
Hikaru Tamaki - Cello
Aaron Shragg - Shakuhachi
Tomoko Sugawara - Kugo (Ancient Japanese Harp)
Nora Nohraku Suggs - Shakuhachi
John Thompson - Qin (Ancient Chinese zither)

Presented by James Nyoraku Schlefer and the Tenri Cultural Institute.

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Grantee: McQueen-Tokita Miyama