Events Around the World
NOW explores how the diversity of current female artistic practice transcends notions of gender difference to offer hybrid perspectives on their socio-political environment. ACC alumni Li Shurui, Ma Quisha and Yin Xiuzhen are some of the most exciting female artists working in mainland China.
From giant installations and elusive sculptural pieces challenging and exploring everyday objects to powerful and other-worldly visual narratives, the huge variety of artworks found throughout the NOW programme, reflects the many viewpoints of artists in the wake of feminist movements of the past.
Seeing is something most of us take for granted. Yet, to consciously see is surprisingly difficult, and as a result, we tend to miss much of what there is to see. An art museum is a place for “seeing,” “admiring,” and “thinking about” artworks. To the visitors to this exhibition, whether they normally enjoy viewing artworks or find it difficult, we would like to say, “First of all, begin by seeing well.” The exhibition “Adventures in ‘Seeing’” starts there.Open yourself to the artwork a little more than usual. Stand and view it 10 seconds longer than usual. After viewing it thoroughly, relax and view it a little more. Doing so, you will begin to see details you had not noticed, and your imagination will have time to come into play. Discoveries, surprises, and new feelings will come to you in an experience really no different from an adventure story.
Grantee: Suzuki Hiraku
Leading 20th century photographer William Klein had a decisive influence on modern visual culture with his expression that went beyond genres such as photography, movies, design and fashion, and his works capturing the cities of the world, including New York, Rome, Moscow, Tokyo, Paris, etc. In this exhibition, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT introduces the city vision of Klein and Japanese and Asian photographers trying to examine the cities and people of the 21st century with a fresh perspective and greatly transcend the frames of conventional photos.
The exhibition remembers the past and captures the diversity and transformation of the current Vietnamese American community. VIET STORIES incorporates the history of refugees and immigrants from Vietnam through historical photographs, documents, artifacts, oral history interviews, and original artwork by prominent Vietnamese American artists.
Grantee: Le Dinh Q.
“Songs for Sabotage,” the fourth New Museum Triennial, questions how individuals and collectives around the world might effectively address the connection of images and culture to the forces that structure our society.
The New Museum Triennial is the only recurring international exhibition in New York City devoted to emerging artists from around the world, providing an important platform for a new generation of artists who are shaping the current discourse of contemporary art and the future of culture. The first edition was initiated in 2009 with “Younger Than Jesus,” organized by Massimiliano Gioni, Laura Hoptman, and Lauren Cornell. The second Triennial, “The Ungovernables,” was organized by Eungie Joo in 2012. The third Triennial, “Surround Audience,” was organized by Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin with Sara O’Keeffe and Helga Christoffersen in 2015.
Grantee: Song Ta
Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday exhibition explores contemporary folk pottery produced within the diversity of ethnic minorities and Han people across China. It examines pottery from three perspectives: production values, functions, and aesthetics.
Grantee: Marie Woo
In The goddess and the god separate under the peach tree, Miwa Yanagi's solo exhibition, Ms. Yanagi associates Japanese mythology with Fukushima, Japan´s last major tragedy. The peach-trees photographed by Yanagi are located in the district of Fukushima and their fruits had been hit by harmful rumors. Now they are checked for radioactive contamination and that Fukushima's commercially available products are safe. They are the witnesses, as well as victims of this event.
Grantee: Yanagi Miwa
Shuta Hasunuma’s Compositions features a selection of new works created both in Japan and during Hasunuma’s Pioneer Works residency in winter 2017. The exhibition is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States. It gathers together sculpture and videos centered on sounds from everyday life, which probe the circumstances and frameworks surrounding human existence.
Hasunuma’s sound works center on environmental and electronic sounds and extensive collaborations with diverse musicians including Akio Suzuki, Keiji Haino, and Fluxus member Mieko Shiomi. By molding, arranging, and visualizing sounds in time and space, Hasunuma’s practice seeks to answer the question: How can something intangible like sound or music be transferred between human beings in physical, material form? Hasunuma creates situations and environments that bring together people of different ages, genders, and ethnicities. Through their interaction they seek to illuminate afresh exactly what it is we call “sound” or “music.”
Grantee: Hasunuma Shuta
‘Luminous Shadows’ is ACC grantee and Thai filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s first solo exhibition in the Baltic States. This exhibition is part of a larger project ‘Luminous Shadows: Selected Installations & Film Retrospective of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’.
In the artist’s own words, the project ‘reveals different memories of light. Some of the works are an investigation of my home-region of Isan in northeastern Thailand. Some are dreams. Some are simply looking. But all of them are personal.’ His films and video installations form a multi-layered universe where characters and themes travel from one work to another. The exhibition in the CAC’s Great Hall presents video works and installations the artist has created over the last fifteen years.
Grantee: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
In the 16th century, gazing out from the decks of ships off the coast of Southern China, Portuguese sailors saw it: a great green mass, thick with mountains and trees, rising from the sea. “Formosa!” they exclaimed—“beautiful!”—anointing the verdant place that would come to be known as Taiwan.
Lin Hwai-min and his Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan take that appraisal as inspiration for their own work of abstract beauty born from land and lore.
Using gesture, script, song and other elements from the island as raw material, Lin and dancers create a lustrous, transfigured sphere in which only the universal remains— a playground of love and life, mediated by tragedy, hope, and rebirth.
With keen insight, Yang Yuanyuan captures invisible traces and blurred coordinates in ever-changing urban environments. Places like construction sites, cold parking garages, sparsely populated zoos, and abandoned restrooms are restored to sight through her photographs. The installations and photographs exhibited in “Interval” all manifest the artist's concern for human society and the environment. Yet this preoccupation is not derived from her romantic imagination, but through her practice of fieldwork. In addition to photographing original images, she re-presents existing materials that are recovered as found images. These two types of visual material subtly intertwine to construct the artist’s imagined world.
Grantee: Yang Yuanyuan
The theme of this Guangzhou Image Triennial--Interweaving Eidos·Overlapping Images--is based on such a position,or in other words,the transition from "photo"to "image," indicating the transition from the original "photography of humanities"to a more inclusive and disciplinary "photography of visual researc.h" Driven by modern technology, the concept of "image"we are talking today has entered into a larger dimension. The overlapping of static and dynamic,physical and non-physical as well as two dimensional and multidimensional elements begins to leap beyond the visual expression defined by "photography."
Torn between a powerful cultural heritage and a national discourse on modernization, alternating between phases of openness and withdrawal, the cultural evolution of Japan in the early 1970s was marked by major social, political and natural events. Exhibition curator Yuko Hasegawa looks back on these turbulent decades during which Japan oscillated between globalisation and affirmation of its identity.
Grantee: Hasegawa Yuko
Cai Guo-Qiang is the first contemporary artist to create on-site at the Prado. This is his first solo exhibition solely focused on painting in over 30 years.
This exhibition, which arises from Cai Guo-Qiang’s ongoing dialogue with El Greco and in which he establishes a relationship with the great masters represented in the Prado, comprises nearly 30 paintings made with gunpowder; eight of them ignited on-site at the Salón de Reinos. Also on view are an oil and an acrylic created at the start of his activities as a painter; and various sketches and drawings on matchboxes by his father, Cai Ruiqin, who steered him towards painting.
Grantee: Cai Guo-Qiang
Visual artist and ACC grantee Dex Fernandez launches GC: 1, 2, 3, an ode to his garapata character that has evolved since he started doing graffiti and street art in 2006. GC: 1, 2, 3 is a video narrative split into three chapters showing Dex’s past collaborations.
Grantee: Dexter Fernandez
India’s Rockefeller Artists: An Indo-U.S. Cultural Saga exhibits at the DAG Modern 41 East 57th Street at the Fuller Building in Midtown, Manhattan. The exhibition, from Nov. 6, 2017 to March 2018, showcases iconic works of some of the Indian painters and sculptors who received fellowships from either the Asian Cultural Council or its predecessor, the JDR 3rd Fund (1963-1979).
Grantees: Arun Bose, Avinash Chandra, Bhupen Khakhar, Haku Shah, Jyoti Bhatt, K. G. Subramanyan, Natvar Bhavsar, Paritosh Sen, Ram Kumar, Rekha Rodwittiya, Satish Gujral, Shrikrishna Kulkarni, Vasudeo Gaitonde
STUPIN is founded by artist Kuo I-Chen in 2017. It is an artist studio residency platform where different fields of artists can share and link their studios and connection. Through two main functions－STUDIO and PIN, we expect to build a global studio residency network. STUPIN represents an attitude to explore the unknown without constraining by forms.
Grantee: Kuo I-Chen
Olivier Messiaen expresses his deep faith in a timeless musical composition, which he wrote and premiered while in confinement at a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany. An all-star ensemble of instrumentalists performs the iconic work with lighting designed by the illustrious Jennifer Tipton (ACC 1995-2005).
Grantee: Jennifer Tipton
"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