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'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

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

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

Exhibition / United States

Nam June Paik: Music is Not Sound

September 11, 2019 - October 20, 2019

The centerpiece of the exhibition is ACC alumnus Nam June Paik's Main Channel Matrix, 1993-1996, a monumental videowall composed of 65 television sets that play Paik’s seminal 1973 video broadcast Global Groove on continuous, splicing loop. With this work, Paik combined compositional design and video imagery to create a radical manifesto on the nature of global communication in a media saturated world. The notion of using multiple television monitors stacked within a structural framework to display information has long been a trade show marketing tool. Paik reimagined the commercial videowall for electric, expressive purpose, deploying a pastiche of sound and image to create a moving mural, composed of hundreds of discrete images, that subverted the standard language of television. Japanese Pepsi commercials are intercut with performances by avant-garde artists Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg and the Living Theater; dancers shimmying in a colorized space to Mitch Ryder's Devil with a Blue Dress On are juxtaposed with traditional Korean dancers. Charlotte Moorman, Paik’s longtime collaborator, plays the TV Cello; and they play the TV Bra for Living Sculpture. Richard Nixon’s face, magnetically distorted, appears and disappears.

Commonly hailed as the father of video art, Nam June Paik saw the latent artistic potential in the glow of the television set sitting in every American’s living room. Paik, who died in 2006 at the age of 73, left behind a groundbreaking body of work that synthesized music, video, performance, television broadcast and technological experimentation to profoundly alter our understanding of the electronic image. With a prolific output that included manipulated TV sets, video wall installations, live performances, single-channel videos, and global television broadcasts, Paik balanced a Utopian philosophy with a technical pragmatism and subversive sense of humor, creating artworks that drew on chance encounters between ideas, the object and the public.

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Grantee: Paik Nam June

Exhibition / United Arab Emirates

Vantage Point Sharjah7 (VPS7),

July 6, 2019 - October 6, 2019

Vantage Point Sharjah 7
6 July—6 October 2019
Gallery 1 & 2, Al Mureijah Square
Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah Art Museum

Vantage Point Sharjah 7 (VPS7) is the seventh iteration of Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual photography initiative. The open call was extended not only to residents of the UAE and other GCC countries but also to international applicants. This initiative aims to foster photographers’ development and creativity and encourage their engagement with the wider cultural community.

Over 200 applicants with a variety of professional backgrounds, skill sets and interests, responded to VPS7 open call. The exhibition features the work of 36 photographers from over 20 countries, including Republic of Congo, France, Nigeria, Sudan, Russia, South Africa, United States of America and the United Arab Emirates among others. The selected photographs offer viewers a unique perspective on various subjects by using different styles, such as conceptual photography, street photography, land and cityscapes and portraiture. These images further demonstrate a wide range of techniques in both digital and 35mm photography, such as montage, collage, archival reconstruction, infrared and light painting.
The foundation announced its first open call for submissions during the summer of 2013, inviting GCC-based photographers to submit works that fell under the theme ‘Life and Landscapes of Sharjah’. Themes of other Vantage Point exhibitions have included ‘Self-Portraiture’, ‘Performance’ and ‘Architecture and Urban Landscape’. 

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Grantee: Firoz Mahmud

Exhibition / United States

Stitching Boundaries

September 7, 2019 - October 3, 2019

The Topography of Living

In describing boundaries, the works of artists Ged Merino and Aze Ong refer to the qualities of textile and thread - fibrous. Boundaries are fibrous in structure and in system. They are constructs emerging from personal, cultural, and political domains spun together into solid lines on the maps. And like these solid lines they are drawn to suggest and identify, but in reality, never to actually define. Exploring boundaries through fabric and thread is a method of contrasts. Fiber diffuses as much as it filters. Ged and Aze ask: what are the limits of boundaries?

The artistic practices of Ged and Aze are as much narrative as they are material. Their experiences of a life in transit has them familiar with a particular kind of map, one that grows, shrinks and changes through footsteps that are not always their own. Ged’s work draws from the metamorphic act of memory, where fabric both protects and changes the current experience of the past. Aze’s work is experiential in its dynamic forms, enacted through the dedication in her craft and the further layers she creates in her performance. Both artists incorporate external elements into their work: found objects, other people’s objects of recollection and images.

Steadfastly rooted in the condition of living, the artists navigate and create spaces of exchange ever-present at the edge of the boundaries. In their work, each stitch is a wall as much as a window, and every thread a line of connection.
-Nicole Decapia

“Stitching Boundaries “is made possible by a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York State Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
with support from The Drawing Room Contemporary Art and The National Commision for Culture and the Arts

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Grantee: Aze Ong

Exhibition / United States

Stitching Boundaries : The Topography of Living

August 25, 2019 - September 27, 2019

A collaboration by Ged Merino and Aze Ong both working with textiles "The GedAze Project" creating an interactive and immersive installation of an imaginary map using crochet, knotting and repurposed textiles incorporating photo images of "Places-Objects-Relationships-Memories via a participatory process through social media. A performance by Aze Ong using her crocheted installations will activate the opening exhibit

"Stitching Boundaries" is made possible by the Queens Council of The Arts from The New York City City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council with support from the Drawing Room Contemporary Art

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Grantee: Aze Ong

Performance / Taiwan

The Rite of Spring

September 18, 2019 - September 19, 2019

ACC alumnus Chou Shu-yi  will be the guest dancer for this performance, working with Hong Kong choreographer Helen Lai and CCDC (City Contemporary Dance Company).

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Grantee: Chou Shu-Yi