Events Around the World
Dress Up, Speak Up is a multimedia exhibition exploring the role of costuming, iconography, and performance in constructing Identity and confronting history. With over 35 participating artists representing 22 nationalities, Dress Up, Speak Up delivers a global investigation of these concepts, while reconfiguring, reimagining, and reconstituting history to explore the legacy of European colonialism.
Grantee: Le Dinh Q.
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.
This exhibition is based on the perception that radical avoidance of food on the one hand, and its excessive consumption on the other, are deviations from the middle way; the two meet up where fine taste ends. Abstaining entirely from food as a performative artistic act that has exceeded its own limits is the core of Franz Kafka’s Hunger Artist. The tale’s hero fasts before an audience of spectators for forty days, until the audience grows bored. The artist continues to fast in a circus cage containing only hay. One day an inspector finds the artist dying under the hay, and asks him why he did not eat.
Grantee: Ozawa Tsuyoshi
Twenty years ago in 1998, ACC grantee Basil Twist debuted his boundary-breaking response to Berlioz’s 1830 “Symphonie Fantastique” to universal acclaim, inaugurating HERE’s intimate Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. In the two decades since Symphonie Fantastique’s premiere, Basil Twist has become an internationally recognized artist in opera, ballet, and on Broadway, and has won countless awards including the illustrious MacArthur Fellowship. Twist will revisit his legendary masterpiece as part of HERE’s 25th Anniversary Season. In this revival, accompanied live by the virtuosic pianist Christopher O’Riley playing the exquisite Liszt transcription, Symphonie floats and swirls in a 1,000-gallon water tank neatly disguised as a puppet stage. For the many who never saw it, and for those who relish seeing it again and again, the return of this tour de force to HERE is the event of the season.
Grantee: Basil Twist
Contemporary artist Jean Shin (American, born South Korea 1971) transforms everyday objects—worn-out shoes, fashion remnants, military uniforms—to create dynamic works about connection and belonging. Her installations, often made from donated and discarded materials, raise provocative questions about what, and how, we consume.
On view in this exhibition are six large-scale installations and a video that tell powerful stories about the military, the fashion industry, and Shin’s own Asian American community.
Grantee: Jean Shin
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
SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, curated by Artistic Director Mami Kataoka, presents the work of 70 artists and artist collectives from 35 countries at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
The Biennale of Sydney is located on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. The Biennale acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land and pay respect to Elders, both past and present.
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.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, is a solo exhibition by visual artist and ACC grantee Apichatpong Weerasethakul and is curated by ACC grantee Gridthiya Gaweewong. A leading figure in contemporary film and art, Apichatpong Weerasethakul has developed a singular realist-surrealist style in which he portrays the everyday alongside supernatural elements, suggesting a distortion between fact and folklore, the subconscious and the exposed, and various disparities of power. The artist’s passionate positions regarding class, labor, sexuality, science, and spirituality have informed his practice from early in his career to the present, and his work reveals stories often excluded in history in and out of Thailand: voices of the poor and the ill, marginalized beings, and those silenced and censored for personal and political reasons.
Curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, uniquely presents a selected survey of rarely seen experimental short films and video installations by Weerasethakul, alongside his photography, drawings, sketches, and archival material that explore threads of sociopolitical commentary. In tandem with the exhibition, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will present a retrospective of the director’s theatrical releases in its Samuel Roberts Noble Theater. The exhibition will also feature a special opening event for the Museum’s recently launched Film Society.
What would our world look like 32 years from now? Over fifty international and Taiwanese artists will seek to uncover the future through art at this first joint venture by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
"2050: A Brief History of the Future," which was presented at the Louvre in 2016, will run in Taichung from March 24 through June 3 to elaborate on the concepts first proposed by French economist Jacques Attali in the 2006 bestseller "A Brief History of the Future."
Attali speculates on human and technological development in face of troubling population growth, overexploitation of resources, social inequality, and religious wars. Curator Pierre-Yves Desaive has expanded upon this framework to mount an exhibition with a Taiwanese perspective.
Grantee: Kuo I-Chen
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.
The three decades from 1970s to 1990s may be brief in the grand scheme of history, but seeing from a global context for Taiwan, this span of time was a critical and important transitional period for Taiwan’s internal and international affairs, cross-strait development with China, and also socio-economical shifts and changes.
Under the intense social tension before and post martial law, Taiwanese photographers, from the main island of Taiwan and its outlying islands, up in the mountains or by the coastal shore, compared with those in other creative practices such as literature or painting, sought to use photography to portray and even interpret the different emotions and ups and downs unfolding in that era, as they engaged in society and interacted closely with various communities including Hokkien, Hakka, mainlanders, and indigenous groups, responding to external challenges in reality and extended inwards to examine life.
After decades of distillation and accretion, these photographic works have, in the interim, augmented the important ethos and practical foundation of photography internally in Taiwan, through the expansion of its format and phraseology. The transfixed and distinct ethic features in these artworks and also the continually overlapping and subtle contours of the islands not only serve as clues and memories for us to look back upon and use as references for constructing history; the viewpoints of the photographers have also become dignified reflective and direct “gazes” for the islands today and for this era of uproar.
Grantee: Shen Chao-Liang
“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
ACC grantee Dinh Q. Lê revisits this historical event to create stunning photo-montages where he weaves photographic strips into a tapestry of images, a continuation of his artistic practice in the medium of print and paper. From elaborate cyanotypes to exquisite foiling works, Lê examines and captures the splendour and darkness of Cambodian history through its enduring legacy of architectural monuments and photographic memorials. His works encapsulate the common human experience of loss and redemption, merging Eastern and Western cultures, as well as personal and fictional realities.
Grantee: Le Dinh Q.
“HARSH ASTRAL” is the conceptual continuation of the exhibition “The Radiants” presented by Bortolami Gallery in New York in 2015. While the theme there was radioactivity in the broadest sense set against the background of the fourth anniversary of the earthquake and resulting crisis in the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi, which prompted the foundation of both the Green Tea Gallery and the UNITED BROTHERS, “HARSH ASTRAL. The Radiants 2” brings together works that revolve not only around radioactivity, but loosely and associatively follow the motif of radiation, transformation and energy in general, thus spreading out in different directions.
With enormous projects inside and outside Japan, world-class architect and ACC alumnus Kengo Kuma (b. 1954) is constantly on the move. This exhibition is a major survey of his projects from the past 30 years, projects underpinned by Kuma's intimate knowledge of Eastern and Western thought, both past and present, and his own innovative concepts, which include ideas on “makeru kenchiku (losing architecture)” and “shizen na kenchiku (natural architecture).” The exhibition focuses in particular on materials, which Kuma has dialoged with extensively through his work. It organizes his architecture, product designs and other achievements not chronologically but rather by the category of primary material, including bamboo, wood, paper, stone and earth, in an attempt to provide an overview of Kuma's work from the standpoint of “things.”
Grantee: Kuma Kengo
In “Shadows” at Long March Space, Liu Wei shifts his interest from color-field abstraction to
how shadows land on materials imbibed with their own sensitivity. Liu Wei’s recent large-scale installations and paintings continue to reflect his sensitivity towards urban texture in China’s post-planning era. In his own abstract and streamlined fashion, he retains a certain material and affective tension which parallels the deliriousness of the landscapes around him. His 2015 solo exhibition “Colors” at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art explored the politics inherent in abstract blocks of color: negating the image of things is in fact a violent process, leaving a strong physical impression.
Grantee: Liu Wei
ACC alumnus Tadashi Kawamata’s artisanal practice places him at a distance from the spotlight and the gossip columns of the art world. His work is always the result of a deep, personal commitment. Though he began his training as a painter, Kawamata soon turned to a more hands-on form of artistic practice. ‘I don’t trust things I can’t touch. Maybe that’s why I stick to tangible, concrete materials,’ he says. His installations and preparatory models are all made of wood. For Kawamata, this natural, easy to find material is the most democratic available.
Grantee: Kawamata Tadashi
ACC grantee and Vietnamese-American artist Dinh Q. Lê creates a new series of woven photographs exploring the sexual revolution in Vietnam through the internet, investigating the factors driving society's moral attitude toward sexuality and the liberation of stigmas.
Grantee: Le Dinh Q.
The works of Japanese artists have occasionally been shown in Cuba through events such as the Havana Biennial, but this is the first exhibition to present a substantial collection of Japanese contemporary art. Rather than simply feature works by artists living in modern-day Japan, the exhibition is created through dialogue and collaboration between Japanese and Cuban curators, and with Japanese artists working together with Cuban artists and local communities. It presents mainly new works—including paintings, photographs, videos, and installations—by seven Japanese (and ACC alumna Yuko Mohri is one of the artists) and four Cuban artists at Cuba’s leading contemporary art museum, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam. The exhibition will travel to Tokyo, Japan in June, after it wraps up in Cuba.
Grantee: Mohri Yuko
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
“A Colossal World” investigates the reciprocal channels of influence established between multiple generations of Japanese artists and the city of New York. While these artists absorbed elements of New York’s culture into new artworks, they also impacted and enriched New York’s culture itself. This exhibition, though not claiming to be a historical or academic in-depth study, aims to help trace the evolution of this vibrant exchange from Japan’s post-World-War-II economic boom to the present, from mid-century avant-gardes to emerging contemporary artists pushing new boundaries.
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
Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence is a collaboration between Japanese playwright/director Takeshi Kawamura and American playwright/director John Jesurun, both ACC alumni. The project is conceived as a play written and directed in collaborative partnership by both artists. Written in corresponding chapters by each playwright, it combines two established artists of the same generation, both with distinct voices and significant work, in a deep creative conversation across cultures.
Tainaner Ensemble is regarded as the role model in Taiwan modern theatre. Established in 1987, it is a professional troupe with the biggest size and longest history in southern part of Taiwan.
Led by the current art director, Lu Bo-shen, it continually develops different series, such as "Western Classics Translation Series" and "Unplug Shakespeare Series", and introduces the works of modern-day dramatists in Taiwan.
As a vigorous troupe in contemporary society, it is dedicated to create high-quality productions and always amazes the audience with innovative and experimental approaches.
In addition, it is dedicated to theatre education. For example, sometimes it holds theatre workshops for community. It opens actor school every summer. It began a youth theatre education program in 1999, and published Taiwan first professional periodical for theatrical comments named Theatre Matters.
Grantee: Tsai Pao-Chang
‘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
Through the embrace of capitalism, human degeneration is explored in “Ziggurat,” the latest exhibition of ACC grantee and visual artist Mideo Cruz at Kaida Contemporary in Quezon City. The show is further described in his exhibition notes, “…though opulence and grandeur are often displayed through excessive consumption, the continual debasement of the quality of human life lies underneath the glitter. Block by block, the idea of development devours humanity. As humans consume the illusion, they are the ones who are inevitably consumed.”
Grantee: Mideo Cruz
Shen Wei, the acclaimed choreographer, painter, and founder of Shen Wei Dance Arts, reveals his artistic inspirations and working processes as a multi-media artist in a far-reaching dialogue on Buddhism, childhood memories, explorations of dreamscapes, and his journeys to Tibet with YiLing Mao, Executive Director of Art Collectives LLC. For this illuminating evening, Shen Wei's dance Company will perform some of his most iconic pieces including Folding, Re-Part II, and Neither. Selections of his paintings will be discussed in depth alongside a World Premiere screening of his recent short film, Innerspace, a poetic exploration of how we navigate space, untethered from nature in our vast modern constructs–set in and around one of China’s striking new works of architecture. The evening celebrates Shen Wei and his artistic vision upon the third decade of his active engagement in the arts on the world stage.
Grantee: Shen Wei Dance Arts
Dear Life is an adaptation of a short story by Nobel laureate Alice Munro, whose stories usually explore human complexities in an uncomplicated prose style, revealing melodramatic plots and relations or strong desires with the description of subtle movements and ambiguous dialogues in our daily life. The lightness in her language seems to stem from the inability to bear or squarely look into or desire for the heaviness in our lives.
Taiwanese novelist Egoyan Zheng has once described that “Munro’s writing style fathoms the shape of fate.”
This production extracts plots, structures and styles from various stories of Munro’s and then adapt and rewrite them in accordance with different performers and theatric styles so as to put the stories into the comprehensible context of life in Taiwan. Five episodes are separate from yet echo with each other. With the same seemingly plain tone and language with Munro, the production lays out the foundation of life that is beyond description, ambiguous, entangled and heavy. Audiences will see all the characters devoted to the rehearsals between void and performance – alienated, realistic, yet unreal – just like the performance of real life.
Shen Wei Dance Arts and WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company join a diverse and dynamic roster of internationally celebrated artists and local favourites, as the Vancouver International Dance Festival presents three weeks of endlessly enriching performances, workshops, and a host of dance activities from March 1 to 24, 2018, at various venues throughout Vancouver.
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.
The Asian Art Award supported by Warehouse TERRADA is a contemporary art award established to provide assistance for emerging artists in Japan with exciting international prospects in Asia and beyond. The winner is selected through a two-stage process. A panel of five curators first put forward five artists each to make a shortlist of 20 candidates. The four finalists chosen from these will create new work or the equivalent, which is currently being exhibited at TERRADA ART COMPLEX. During this exhibition, a jury of six international art world figures will decide the recipients of the Grand Prize and Special Award.
Returning to BAM after the ecstatic hymn to compassion On Behalf of Nature (2014 Next Wave), ACC grantee Meredith Monk and the four women of her peerless vocal ensemble present a new work, continuing their investigation of the interconnected, ineffable relationship between humans and the natural world.
Pairing voice with movement, instrumentation, and a site-specific video installation, Cellular Songs contemplates the fundamental unit of life and its relation to the universe. Drawing inspiration from biological processes—layering, division, replication, mutation—Monk looks to underlying systems in nature that can serve as a prototype for human behavior in our tumultuous world.
Grantee: Meredith Monk
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
This concert offers a chance to enjoy some of the most noteworthy French and Chinese piano music from the beginning of the 20th century, with a screening of Edgard Varèse: The One All Alone to help place the relationship between these two artistic cultures in context, revealing fascinating connections.
As one of National Sawdust’s ten curators for the 2017-18 season, violinist Jennifer Koh presents Limitless, a two-night recital series that celebrates the collaborative relationship between composer and performer through duo performances. This spirit of collaboration contrasts with the conventional notion today that composition and performance are discrete and detached parts of the musical process, while also re-connecting with an older, pre-modern tradition of composers as performers. Limitless advocates for future models for classical music through inclusivity by giving voice to female composers, composers from unconventional musical backgrounds, and composers of color.
Artist and curator Moe Satt will give a presentation on the development of performance art in Myanmar, from the 1990s to the present day. Following Satt’s presentation, writer and curator Simon Wu will lead the audience response, based on his own research and interviews with contemporary artists in Myanmar.
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
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
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
Joining some of the country’s most influential and leading visual artists, ACC grantee Lyra Garcellano is one of the featured artists in this year’s Art Fair Philippines, the premier platform for exhibiting and selling the best in modern and contemporary Philippine visual art.
Grantee: Lyra Teresa Abueg Garcellano
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
Computer music pioneer Carl Stone, composer/performer Ned Rothenberg, and Tokyo-based vocalist Ami Yamasaki -- all ACC alumni -- perform in an evening of overlapping improvisations. While Stone & Rothenberg have performed together previously in Japan over their 35 year-long friendship, this is their debut New York performance.