Events Around the World
"Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017" presents a groundbreaking project by Chang, a uniquely important artist who emerged from New York’s alternative art scene of the mid-1990s. From her tough-to-take, boundary-busting performance-video work that explored the complex psychic narrative behind often visceral solo performances, to more recent experimental films and lecture-performances, Chang has challenged the parameters of performance and its power as a storytelling vehicle. The Queens Museum will present her most ambitious work to date, "The Wandering Lake (2009-2017)", a project that redefines the role of artist, image, object and performance in the construction of narratives through an exhibition that integrates video projection, photography, sculpture, publication, and performance as one expansive body of work. This exhibition is part of Asia Contemporary Art Week, October 5-26 in New York City.
Patty Chang received an ACC Fellowship in 2010 to carry out research and creative work in Laos.
Grantee: Patty Chang
Clouds⇄Forests is a proposition at a time of crisis to instigate the establishment of new relationships in our world. This proposition will be proposed by the artists and creators called "Creative Tribes", who gather in different sites all over the world, do not feel restricted to the notion of nation state and also surmount the dichotomy between globalism and localism.
Clouds⇄Forests focuses on artists as a creative tribe transitioning, expanding and dissipating, from forest to cloud, rebuilding the subjectivity of spectators and showing that creativity is vital to the creation of new environmental spheres. Taking into account perceptions on the generation of new subjective environmental spheres, the curatorial criteria for this exhibition includes giving life to new technologies as well as exploring ways to obtain animistic artistic languages and connect cultural roots, and leveraging the rhizome-based organic system to traverse history, genres, and media.
ACC grantee Yuko Hasegawa is curating the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary, and ACC grantees Nadim Abbas from Hong Kong and Nindityo Adipurnomo from Indonesia are participating artists.
The play A Doll's House, part 2, picks up after Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House concludes and explores, in uproarious fashion, the emotional chaos that results when Nora Helmer returns to the home from which she exited fifteen years earlier.
The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, W Magazine and Time Out New York all call A Doll's House, Part 2 "the best play of the Broadway season."
A Doll's House, Part 2 is written by Tony Award nominee Lucas Hnath, directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold with lighting design by Jennifer Tipton. Jesse Green of The New York Times raves, “The best play of the year. I love A Doll's House, Part 2. This is a great comedy." Peter Marks of The Washington Post cheers, "I want do nothing but talk about A Doll’s House, Part 2 for the rest of my life.”
Grantee: Jennifer Tipton
Enrico Isamu Ōyama represents a contemporary generation with a distinctly global perspective. Child of an Italian father and a Japanese mother, Ōyama was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, but also lived for extended periods in North Italy. In Tokyo, he immersed himself in an underground art scene infused with the street culture of the city and its global influences.
“Ubiquitous” surveys how Ōyama channeled his interests in the street cultures of Tokyo and American cities, Western abstract art, and Japanese calligraphy to create Quick Turn Structure (QTS), his signature expression. Through the QTS, Ōyama gives visual form to the mixed-race, multicultural, transnational experiences of people in today’s world of fluid borders and interconnectivity.
Enrico Isamu Ōyama received an ACC Fellowship in 2011 to research contemporary art, meet artists and curators, and create new work while participating in an artist residency program in the United States.
Grantee: Enrico Isamu Oyama
In September 2017, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts will present leading international contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s first solo exhibition in Russia: Cai Guo-Qiang: October. A reflection on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the ambitious body of work originally created for the exhibition will transform the main exhibition areas of the museum.
The exhibition is a comprehensive introduction of the artist’s diverse yet distinctive practice to the Russian art world and local audiences. Artworks include large-scale outdoor and indoor installations, gunpowder paintings, a multi-media video installation, and small-scale sculptures and sketches.
Cai Guo-Qiang received an ACC Fellowship in 1995 for an artist residency at the International Studio Program at the Institute of Contemporary Art, P.S. 1, in New York.
Grantee: Cai Guo-Qiang
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.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness is a traveling exhibition curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. This new solo exhibition uniquely presents a selected survey of rarely-seen experimental short films and video installations by Weerasethakul, alongside his photography, sketches, and archival materials that explore threads of socio-political commentary which has continually guided his practice. His passionate positions regarding class, labor, sexuality, and spirituality paint a portrait of an artist concerned with ethics, power, science, and liberation in equal measures.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Gridthiya Gaweewong both received ACC Fellowships, in 2004 and 2002 respectively, for creative research.
ACC grantee Anton del Castillo opens “The Given Order” with Jason Dy, S.J. The exhibit, curated by Ricky Francisco, offers a visual exploration of the different tangents of faith and tradition in our past and present lives. Religion as agent of social order and transformation is looked into by Fr. Dy, who uses art in conjunction with the spiritual life of communities he is connected with. While del Castillo’s works engage with the anxieties and violence in the perception and experience of the individual and collective faith.
Anton del Castillo received his ACC Philippine Fellowship in 2006 to observe contemporary art activities and undertake research on Byzantine icon paintings in American collections.
Grantee: Julius Anton del Castillo
The libidinal flux of the teenager has left a permanent mark on culture, normalizing radical consumption in service of an endless will to change. With the end of earth’s resources in sight, this paradigm needs revision. Coming of Age presents the work of seven artists from different parts of the world that subvert our material and cultural landscape with meditative gestures. Whether looking at Takahiro Iwasaki transforming a toothbrush into the site of an electric pylon, Aki Inomata’s alternative housing for hermit crabs that recall a sense of itineracy, Essi Kausalainen’s table top performance, or Ebony G. Patterson’s coffin procession, these works acknowledge a predominant state of violence while calling for a greater optimism. Rebecca Beachy inserts a taxidermied bird into the gallery walls as a time capsule-cum-relic. Tsherin Sherpa uses traditional Thangka painting techniques to swirl subjects in a reflection of instability, and Rhonda Holberton presents a virtual desert, recalling the ambiguous possibilities of digital space and its impact on daily life. Coming of Age torques scale, technology, and location in search of sustainable agency and repair.
Visual artist Aki Inomata, from Japan, received an ACC Fellowship to observe contemporary art activities and participate in an artist residency program in the United States.
Grantee: Inomata Aki
This exhibition is a major symbolic event representative of the emergent Chinese avant-garde artists who influence the art scene in China today. This generation of artists no longer relies on the political history background and they have become the players of a larger scene, global in every sense. It shows an understanding of Chinese art as a vital and outstanding way of dealing with political, social and aesthetic issues. Curated by Ami Barak. Out of the 18 artists exhibiting, 4 are ACC grantees.
After a month-long residency, 9 local and 2 international artists work with communities in Shitiping and Fuxing to create installations along Taiwan's East Coast in Fengbin Township.
In 2010, the Forestry Bureau started a wetland ecology preservation project in Fengbin to revive the contour rice paddies. The community in Fengbin collaborated with the Hualien Forest Bureau to rebuild the irrigation system. Water flowed into the rice paddies once again, and rice grew along the shore of the Pacific Ocean.
While the landscape and crops had been restored in Shitiping, the first sets of questions challenging the local people were how could they reclaim their social and cultural structure and value? To address this, the Mipaliw Wetland Art Festivals began in 2011.
Grantee: Dungi Sumi
"Open Threads" at TOPAZ ARTS features textile-based work by two artists, The GedAze Project, traversing a lineage of contemporary artists pushing the boundaries of textile. Together, both artists have a common thread – from materials and process, to their interest in engaging viewers to interact with the work – the tactility, both a reflection and reminder of familiar objects, and the stories bound within.
Philippine artists Ged Merino and Aze Ong have been engaging in a series of collaborations named The GedAze Project. TOPAZ ARTS provided a Summer Residency for the artists to create new work both individually and collaboratively." Open Threads" is the culminating exhibition and is their fifth collaborative show.
Aze Ong, a visual and performance artist from the Philippines, is currently on her 6-month ACC Fellowship researching contemporary art practices and meet artists and curators in the United States.
Grantee: Aze Ong
This exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) by showcasing the contemporary art of the region and aims to be one of the largest Southeast Asian contemporary art exhibitions in history. The exhibition consists of 80 artworks by 86 artist groups from 10 ASEAN member countries and will be held simultaneously at 2 museums: National Art Center and Mori Art Museum. 19 ACC grantees are participating in this exhibition!
Grantees: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Aye Ko, Ly Daravuth, Le Dinh Q., Gridthiya Gaweewong, Tran Luong, Lyra Teresa Abueg Garcellano, Mella Jaarsma, Montien Boonma, Navin Rawanchaikul, Ismail Roslisham, Sutthirat Supaparinya, Tiffany Chung, Uthit Atimana, Vasan Sitthiket, Htein Lin, Lee Wen, Roberto R. Chabet
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.
Grantee: Tiffany Chung
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.
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.
Grantee: Li Shurui
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.
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.
Grantee: Teresa Barrozo
“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.
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.
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.
Grantee: Kevin Doyle
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.
Grantee: Ned Rothenberg
"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.
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.
Grantee: Nawa Kohei
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.
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.
Grantee: Yang Fudong
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.
Grantee: Lei Lei
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.
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.
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.
Grantee: Ho Meng-Chuan "Isa"
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.
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.
Grantee: Miyajima Tatsuo