Events Around the World

Performance / United States

Nine Doors solo at Just Jazz Concert Series

November 13, 2019

Wednesday Nights will never be the same as the JazzCat LeRoy Downs, Mr Musichead Art Gallery and All Music Television present the Just Jazz Live After Work Concert Series with a Jen Shyu Solo Performance on Wednesday, November 13th at the Mr Musichead Art Gallery on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. Come early for a Wine Reception and Art Gallery tour and stay for the music. Visit www.justjazz.tv to check out upcoming shows, artists bios and performance schedules and to buy posters and tickets. The Just Jazz Live Music After Work Concert Series. Where Music & Art Meet. Every Wednesday beginning May 23, 2018. Doors open at 6pm. VIP Reserved guests receive guaranted seating and free beer and wine. Limited seating.

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Grantee: Jennifer Shyu

Special Event / United States

East-West Dialogues: Kengo Kuma Vision of Architecture Beyond 2020

November 12, 2019

World-renowned architect Kengo Kuma received an ACC Fellowship in 1985 to serve as a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. His work takes inspiration from nature and natural materials in a modernistic approach that explores the recovery and revitalization of the traditional aesthetics of Japanese architecture. The New National Stadium in Tokyo, is on view in Japan Society's  exhibition, Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020. Kuma will share his recent projects and dynamic vision beyond 2020 through his holistic approach in creating architecture in harmony with the environment towards a new quality of living.

Join Us! Register at: https://east-westdialogue.bpt.me/. For inquiries, email: rsvp@accny.org.  

About East-West Dialogues
East-West Dialogues* is ACC's annual lecture series that engages distinguished thought leaders from the arts and cultural fields in Asia and the West. The series aims to encourage critical thinking and promote cross-cultural dialogue, exchange and understanding to further the mission of the Asian Cultural Council. This year's East-West Dialogue is co-organized and co-presented by Asian Cultural Council and Japan Society.

*East-West Dialogues was established by a generous endowment gift from Tsuneko and Shoji Sadao.

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Grantee: Kuma Kengo

Special Event / United States

The Films of Song Dong

November 2, 2019 - November 9, 2019

On the occasion of the ACC alumnus Song Dong's solo exhibition at Pace’s gallery in London this fall, Pace Live will present a week-long screening of video works and films that document his ongoing performance practice from the 1990s to the present. Among the works featured in the presentation are Broken Mirror (2005)—a film comprised of opposing images that together expose the struggle of Beijing culture to maintain its traditions despite the inevitable forces of urbanization—and Touching My Father (1998), a video in which Song projects an image of his own hand onto his father’s body, alluding to traditional relationships between fathers and sons and offering a metaphorical bridge across the generation gaps that have marked China’s recent development. Beijing-based artist Song Dong's performances and videos explore the duality of the poetic and the political, the personal and the global, to question the nature of reality in the face of China’s rapid modernization.

Pace Live is a new  multidisciplinary initiative encompassing music, dance, film, performance, and conversation, programmed specifically for Pace’s new global headquarters in NYC. Pace Live occupies a 150-seat multi-use space on the gallery’s 7th floor and will give artists, scholars, and other critical forces in the field the opportunity and flexibility to experiment across a range of disciplines and connect with the public in new ways.

 

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Grantee: Song Dong

Performance / United States

Solo at Magic Triangle Jazz Series

November 7, 2019

Sung in Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean, Japanese, and English, ACC alumna Jen Shyu's multilingual and multi-instrumental piece Nine Doors explores powerful female legends as guides to her study of the importance of empathy. | | Tickets $15; Students $7 | Accessible Seating available by calling the Box Office |

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Grantee: Jennifer Shyu

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

Performance / United States

Jen Shyu's ZERO GRASSES solo world premiere

October 30, 2019

New Music. New Jazz. Curated by John Zorn.

The John Zorn Commissioning Series celebrates The Stone, Zorn’s revolutionary venue “dedicated to the experimental and avant-garde”, which served as a vital spot for new music in the East Village for over a decade. Held on the last Wednesday of every month, National Sawdust honors the spirit of The Stone, hosting artists selected by John Zorn presenting world premieres of new works.

This month’s concert features ACC alumna and groundbreaking composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and vocalist Jen Shyu and her new solo multilingual, multimedia drama, ZERO GRASSES, directed by Alexandru Mihail with set and props design by Kristen Robinson and lighting design by Solomon Weisbard.

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Grantee: Jennifer Shyu

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 / Korea

Pink flowers blossom here there and everywhere every past and upcoming springtime

August 29, 2019 - October 27, 2019

ACC alumnus Trần Minh Đức was born 1982, nearly 7 years after the American War (internationally known as Vietnam War) in Ho Chi Minh City (formal name was Saigon pre 1975), Vietnam. Đức grows up with his none understanding of the wartime and only with random stories from his own family relatives, grandparents and parents who directly got involved in such time. Along with his own memories with changes every day every year in the largest city in Vietnam located in the South side of Vietnam, war remnants to him were redesigned war objects to be household facilities within family, neighborhood playgrounds with friends at not yet renovated center of city's streets and tastes of out of expiry date foods and sweets.

Trần later joined and graduated from College of Culture and Arts of HCMC. Practising and experimenting as a visual artist in the city with the slow growth of contemporary art flows, he more and more put more interest to the narration of history by informal resources of information, word of mouth tales and shared personal memories.

During this 3 month time in Jeju Island, Đức put himself's view at a position of a Vietnamese child who was born after Vietnam War, seeing hearing reading information lines about Jeju 4.3 incident, with the end of WW2 that happened with the involvement of the Japanese, the American the Russian then later the split of North and South Korea - which is similar to Vietnam’s situation in the past.
The composition of the exhibition - presentation is with installations of found objects from Vietnam war surplus market and recorded sounds and voices of survivors in videos displayed at Jeju 4.3 Peace Park Museum. The most visible visual is created by the parachutes bought from war surplus market located in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, they are parachutes from illuminating flare remnants. The are sold in the market by vendeurs with introduction of specific words for Vietnam War objects aiming to collectors and foreign tourists. With his project, Đức colors all the parachutes into pink color as an action of putting layer upon history stories and objects, it is like the aims of war market vendeurs of making stories on all products that they sell whatever that are true or false. That is also similar to history and all what happened in the past, there are always lies and truths, also secrets that are hidden to all people that we all could not find the answer.

The presentation of art works is like a wish of harmony between places and spaces, where there would be no separation of geography border nor discrimination of colors and symbol of festive occasion, places and spaces where at spring time, pink flowers would blossom everywhere with the great harmony of happiness.

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Grantee: Tran Minh Duc

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

THOMAS PIERCY: TOKYO TO NEW YORK

October 25, 2019

The October 25, 2019  “Thomas Piercy: Tokyo to New York” concert on the Bargemusic Here and Now  series features works by Tokyo and NYC-based composers, and includes new works composed for clarinetist Thomas Piercy by Chen Yihan, Lyudmilla German, Kyoko Hirai, Zhihua Hu, Miho Sasaki, and Michael Schelle, as well as the United States premiere of  ACC alumnus Toshi Ichiyanagi’s “Existence.”

The composers range in age from 24 to 96 years, and include recent college graduates as well as composers that have received such recognition as the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award, the Latin Grammy Award, and Japan’s Order of Culture. Composers Chen Yihan, Lyudmilla German, Zhihua Hu, Akemi Naito, Miho Sasaki, Michael Schelle, and Jose Serebrier will be in attendance at the concert. Since 2012, Thomas Piercy and the Tokyo to New York concerts have premiered over 100 works and numerous Japan and United States premieres.

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Performance / United States

Violin Duo String Noise Plays the Music of Ki Young Kim

October 25, 2019

Crossing Boundaries Concert Series Vol. 10
CLASSICAL AVANT PUNK VIOLIN DUO STRING NOISE
Performs the Music of Ki Young Kim

Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 8 pm
Tickets $20 – $30

curator: gamin
musicians: String Noise (violin duo Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris)
gamin (piri)
composer: Ki Young Kim

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Grantees: Kang Hyo Sun "gamin", Kim Kiyoung

Special Event / Taiwan

臺南公園的身體地圖一百日行走 Body Map in the Tainan Park -100 Days Strolling

October 18, 2019 - October 20, 2019

In recent years, choreographer CHOU Shu-yi has been exploring urban spaces with his body. As the artist-in-residence at the Scarecrow Contemporary Dance Company in Tainan for the last two years, CHOU explores the potential of developing a site-specific performance in the unique historical and cultural space in Tainan. He interacts with local residents in their everyday lives and invites them to collaboratively articulate the rich and layered daily life of Tainan.

“Having spent the last year exploring Tainan, I decided to begin from my everyday experiences of Tainan Park. Giving myself up to 100 days, I listened, observed, walked in the park and talked to people in preparation of a site-specific performance. Through my encounters with local residents, the past of the city is connected with its present and future. By crossing the boundaries between performance and living space, we search for the body image of the Tainan Park.” – CHOU Shu-yi

http://tnaf.tnc.gov.tw/2019/program.php?id=21

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Grantee: Chou Shu-Yi

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

Special Event / United States

DANCING MANILENYOS

October 18, 2019

ACC alumnus Patrick Alcedo's documentary, DANCING MANILENYOS, is an official selection at the 2019 Chelsea Film Festival. This 20-minute film is about the plight of underprivileged ballet dancers in Manila and was inspired by his ACC-supported research in dance history, theory and ethnology.

The Chelsea Film Festival is an international film festival, enlightening the work of emerging filmmakers, producers and actors. It offers a wide range of films, such as documentaries and feature-lengths, focusing on the theme of “Global Issues”. It empowers the work of risk-taking storytellers and remains committed to its mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences around the world.

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Grantee: Russ Patrick P. Alcedo

Performance / United States

Shuta Hasunuma "Oa" Album Release Performance

October 15, 2019

ACC alumnus Shuta Hasunuma is celebrating the release his new album “Oa” at Public Records in Brooklyn on Tuesday October 15th. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to catch the genre-less Japanese composer and an artist in an amazing performance space !

The inimitable Josephine Foster opens.

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Grantee: Hasunuma Shuta

Exhibition / Mexico

Buenos días mujeres / N

October 11, 2019 - October 13, 2019

Two strangers, M and A, encounter each other in different sites around Escandón (Mexico City) following action scripts that designate their journey. This is Buenos días mujeres. Two others, V and T, meet in a hotel room in Manhattan (New York) and performed the action scripts for an appointed duration. This is N.

ACC alumna Val Lee is a director and co-founding artist of Ghost Mountain Ghost Shovel, an art collective employing constructed, ephemeral situations as a form of live art where the audience enters a poetic constellation of action script, installation, sound, hypnotic rhetoric, composite structure, and mise-en-scène. GMGS is drawn to urban violence, criminal act, political riot, abrupt historical reenactment, and the diversified modes of psychological absorption and participation.

Between auto-cinema and auto-documentary, Buenos días mujeres and N are two films designed beforehand but played out in the absence of the director. Confronted with several scenarios and sets, the main characters in each film interpret the narrative as if on auto-pilot, while the photographers document their actions, freezing the specific time and charting a path for future viewers.

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Grantee: Lee Au-sen

Performance / Mexico

Huang Yi & KUKA - Festival Internacional Cervantino

October 11, 2019 - October 12, 2019

ACC alumnus and dancer/choreographer Huang Yi is the creator of an unprecedented show in which he takes the stage to dance with KUKA, a machine programmed in his image and likeness and that imitates human emotions.It’s a poetic piece of amazing precision that makes possible the harmonious coexistence of modern dance, visual arts and mechanical engineering. In words of the choreographer, “KUKA is a process that embellishes the pain and sadness that I experienced in my childhood. It’s the expression of loneliness, lack of confidence and self-realization.”

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Grantee: Huang Yi

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

Special Event / United States

Grow Your Own Natural Plant-Based Dyes

October 5, 2019

Did you know that many common garden herbs and flowers can be used to make natural dyes? Join ACC alumna Sajata Epps, an urban farmer and artis,t to learn the basic techniques for using plants to create beautiful colors.

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Grantee: Sajata Epps

Performance / United States

With Gongs, Drums and Pipes

October 5, 2019

The Department of Music at SUNY New Paltz presents, “With Gongs, Drums and Pianos: Traditional Southeast Asian Music” a concert featuring Burmese master percussionist, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, internationally-acclaimed percussionist and ACC alumna Susie Ibarra and SUNY New Paltz associate professor and pianist, Alex Peh.

The concert celebrates the historic debut of the first Burmese Saing ensemble in the United States comprising SUNY New Paltz students, faculty and community members led by Naing and the creation of a new community Filipino Kulintang ensemble led by Ibarra. The concert serves as the concluding performance of the 2019 New York Conference on Asian Studies and will take place October 5th, 8 pm in Studley Theatre, SUNY New Paltz.

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Grantee: Susie Ibarra

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

Performance / United States

"Fulfillment" Album Release Show

October 3, 2019

The debut album release of jazz composer, saxophone and shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) player Zac Zinger, also an ACC alumni from 2016. All original American jazz compositions incorporating elements of Japanese and Chinese traditional music. Joined by:

Sharik Hasan - Piano
Adam Neely - Bass
Luke Markham - Drums

Two sets, starting at 8:00 and 10:00
$18 cover + $20 food/drink minimum
Call (212) 885-7119 to make a reservation!

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Grantee: Zachary Zinger

Special Event / United States

Lunchtime Lecture | Artist Talk with Uudam Tran Nguyen

October 2, 2019

Vietnamese artist Uudam Tran Nguyen—who works in video, sound and text, installations, and guerrilla performances—discusses his recent work as it relates to contemporary life in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Lunchtime Lectures take place on the first Wednesday of the month at noon in the Charlotte Wendel Education Center. Visitors are welcome to bring food and beverages.

This program is made possible in part with a grant from the Asian Cultural Council to advance international understanding through cultural exchange in the arts.

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Grantee: San Jose Museum of Art

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

Special Event / United States

Cultural Conversation with Susie Ibarra

September 25, 2019

Join ACC's community of grantees, staff, alumni, and peers as we learn about composer/percussionist/sound artist Susie Ibarra's 2018 ACC Fellowship researching and recording along the Ganges River as part of her ongoing project Himalayan Glacier Soundscapes.

About Cultural Conversations: Cultural Conversations provides ACC alumni a platform to share their experience and expertise with a broad network of artists, cultural practitioners, and beyond. We have an exciting lineup for fall 2019.

To RSVP, click HERE.

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Grantee: Susie Ibarra

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

Special Event / United States

Cultural Conversation with Enrico Isamu Oyama

September 18, 2019

In this Cultural Conversation, we will enjoy a private walk through of Inside Out led by renowned artist and 2011 ACC alumnus Enrico Isamu Oyama and curator Eric Shiner. The walk through of Enrico's site-specific solo exhibition will be followed by a public reception at 5:30 PM.

About Cultural Conversations: Cultural Conversations provides ACC alumni a platform to share their experience and expertise with a broad network of artists, cultural practitioners, and beyond. We have an exciting lineup for fall 2019. 

To RSVP, please click HERE.

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Grantee: Enrico Isamu Oyama

Special Event / United States

I am the people! artist images of Chinese labor

September 12, 2019

Discussion with curators and ACC grantees Yao Mengxi and Jinglun Zhu, and scholar Liu Ye, on their recent projects, including visual representations of Chinese rural migrant workers, the cultural identity of the Chinese worker class, and how exhibitions can give these notions form.

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Grantees: Yao Mengxi, Zhu Jinglun

Exhibition / Taiwan

"VX"

August 27, 2019 - September 8, 2019

Vinson Fraley and Tajee will meet in a hotel room in Manhattan. The two complete strangers will perform action scripts on designated hours. A photographer will be in the room to document their actions, freeze the time, and design an unhindered flying route for future viewers. “The first time I entered the room, it did not feel real, it felt like I was in a dream, like none of it was happening.” Ghost Mountain Ghost Shovel and Aaron Thompson met every Monday for interviews in Brooklyn Public Library or at the café in a supermarket. The interviews were written on a rather tiny notebook. Once, Thompson took out five dollar bills with an identical serial number. He used one of them to pay for frosted donuts as snacks and signed his name on another. Another live scene within the live scene, we discuss the ruins of control. The room can be traversed and could have been practical to learn the art of storm avoidance.

Commissioned by Taipei Performing Arts Center, directed by ACC alumna Val Au-sen Lee.

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Grantee: Lee Au-sen

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

DUMBO Summer Open Studios 2019

August 22, 2019

It is the last week ACC grantee Yao Mengxi will be residence in Triangle Art Association. She will share with you performance lectures based on her recent research. Please join Triangle to celebrate the Summer Residency Season and meet current residents, view their work and studios before their residencies come to a close at the end of August. This event is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

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Grantee: Yao Mengxi

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

Exhibition / United States

Abstract by Nature

June 28, 2019 - August 2, 2019

ACC alumnus Wu Chi-Tsung will be joining the group exhibition Abstract by Nature in Sean Kelly New York. Opening on Jun 28, the group exhibition will be featuring major works by an international group of artists, each of whom engages both traditional and non-traditional methods to produce meditative works that have a distinctly timeless quality. Wu Chi-Tsung’s Landscape in the Mist 001, Still Life 009 – Maple, Still Life 011 – Tsubaki and Cyano-Collage Series 061 and 062 will be featured, all of whom shares the claim of the exhibition, that is to reflect, evoke or transform elements of the natural world into pure poetic forms.

The exhibition will be on view till Aug 2, with an opening reception in the presence of the artist on Thursday, Jun 27.

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Grantee: Wu Chi-Tsung

Performance / United States

Tokyo to New York

August 2, 2019

MIYAMA McQUEEN-TOKITA (koto & bass koto) and THOMAS PIERCY (clarinet & hichiriki).

〜東京 と ニューヨーク〜 "Tokyo to New York" at Spectrum
New music for clarinet/hichiriki and koto/bass koto.

Alyssa Aska ~ “distributions.unions”
Miyama McQueen-Tokita ~ "New Green"
Thomas Piercy ~ "Invisible Screams"
Edward Schocker ~ "Hymn for Lou and Bill"
Kazutomo Yamamoto ~ "Doldrums"

$15 general / $10 student/senior.

Tickets are available at the door - Spectrum has no advance ticket sales.

Transit: NYC Ferry Service at The Brooklyn Navy Yard. F Train: York Street. B/Q/R Train: Dekalb Avenue. G Train: Clinton-Washington Avenues. B57 and B69 Buses.

http://www.spectrumnyc.com/site/index.php
http://www.tonadaproductions.com/tokyo-to-new-york-home.html
http://www.thomaspiercy.com/
https://www.miyamamcqueentokita.com/

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Grantee: McQueen-Tokita Miyama

Exhibition / Myanmar

Consciousness of Realities

July 6, 2019 - July 28, 2019

CONSCIOUSNESS OF REALITIES
A Solo Exhibition by Aung Myat Htay
2018-2019

Opening 6 July 2019 at 6 pm at Myanm/art

“Consciousness of Realities” is intended to examine the roots of the local community through its psychosocial characteristic features. Every group of people raised in the same land has a diverse mix of native and migrated species. The relationship of otherness has physical and mentally bound into one culture even different colors, languages, behaviors and beliefs. This art series will reconsider these realities of being through the perception of visual hybridity vis a vis the phenomenon of historical evidence of human’s deepest relationship to their natural environment.

Aung Myat Htay was born in December 1973 in Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar, and is currently based in Yangon. He worked in bronze casting statues with his father since he was young. Started art education at Fine Art school in 1991 in Mandalay and graduated with a BFA in 1998 University of Art and culture Yangon. Without being concerned by traditional means of expression, he explores the potential in the freedom of expression found in contemporary art. He expresses social messages with work that combines a contemporary sense with traditional forms of painting and sculpture. He is also known as a curator in Myanmar’s art community since 2005. In addition to his involvement within Myanmar, he has presented work in several regions of Asia including Thailand, India, Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines. In 2010 he participated In Fukuoka Asian Art Museum’s residency program. In 2011 he joined the Live Art 2011 in Banglore, India. In 2012 he invited and residency at the Koganecho Bazaar International art festival in Yokohama, Japan. In 2012, he was selected artist of Southeast Asia Finalist of Sovereign Asian Art Prize too. In 2014, he got a six-month grant from Asian Cultural Council for the New York Fellowship program to research contemporary art, meet the artist & curator and create new work in the US. In 2016-17 He participated the Curator workshop of Japan Foundation Asia Center Southeast Asia Art Studies Project and curated the local exhibition. In recently published the DVD Magazine Vol:2 “Silence is Golden” Research on Contemporary Myanmar Art. Now based in Yangon.

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Grantee: Myat Htay Aung

Exhibition / United States

Intersection

June 25, 2019 - July 25, 2019

Sentro Rizal Washington DC is pleased to invite you to a reception to formally open Intersection, the latest solo exhibition of internationally-renowned Filipino stoneware potter Hadrian Mendoza, on Tuesday, 25, June 2019, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, at the Philippine Chancery Annex Building.
This event marks Mendoza’s 29th solo exhibition as he explores themes such as the intersection of cultures, materials, people and lines. Mendoza has lived in the Philippines and in the United States as his works reflect a common ground between both cultures.

Bloom, the main installation in the exhibition is composed of intersecting lines made of dirt and porcelain flowers. A figure pouring a watering can nurtures the growth of the budding flowers. This recreation of the bulol rice terrace god is an installation about the positive impact he has as a teacher tending to his students, which are represented by porcelain flowers. The lines made of dirt that intersect at several points represent cultures, ideas and people crossing paths. After being back and forth between the Philippines and the US, the artist also sees this installation as a map composed of roads that he has travelled.

Hadrian has also created a series of busts and large sculptures of heads. Some have 2 faces, one on each side having different emotions. In one particular piece titled Intersection, a face with orthodontic braces has lines embossed on the top of its head. These intersecting lines represent our thoughts and decisions, all crossing at different points. The emotion on its face shows tension, similar to the tension created by tightening one’s braces.

Dangerous Flower, a series of 12 bulbous forms depict the stages of a flower in bloom. The forms speak of the dichotomy between danger and beauty coexisting in one piece. Tusk-like porcelain protrusions grow from the bulbs in intricate spiral and circular designs. The series represents growth, which is evident in the transformation of the porcelain tusks.

Filipino themes are also explored in this collection with themes that include the Ifugao bulol rice terrace gods of the northern region in the Philippines. The bulol are believed to contain spirits that ensure abundant harvests and protection from natural catastrophe. The Manunggul jar also serves as inspiration for Mendoza. The Manunggul jar is a secondary burial jar that was found in the Tabon caves in Palawan. Mendoza’s interpretation of the jar is represented by a circle on a plinth with the boat and two figures on top. The exhibition also includes functional wares such as Ikebana jars, bowls, and tea sets.
 

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Grantee: Hadrian Mendoza

Performance / United States

Unsung Series

July 25, 2019

7pm Miyama McQueen-Tokita (ACC grantee) - koto / Jessie Cox - percussion / James Ilgenfritz - bass
7:45 Dan Joseph - hammer dulcimer
8:30 small group improvisations:
Chris McIntyre - trombone
Josh Sinton - baritone saxophone
Judith Berkson - voice
Dan Joseph - hammer dulcimer
Miyama McQueen-Tokita - koto
Jessie Cox - percussion
James Ilgenfritz - bass

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Grantee: McQueen-Tokita Miyama

Exhibition / United States

The Sweet Requiem New York Release

July 12, 2019 - July 18, 2019

The Sweet Requiem is a Tibetan feature narrative directed by ACC alumni Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam that tells the story of a young exile Tibetan woman in Delhi who unexpectedly sees a man from her past. Long suppressed memories of her traumatic escape across the Himalayas are reignited and she is propelled on an obsessive search for reconciliation and closure.

The film opened at Toronto International Film Festival and opens its North American theatrical release at the IFC Center in New York.

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Grantees: Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam

Performance / United States

Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms

July 13, 2019

Drummer and composer Susie Ibarra, an ACC alumna, leads the DreamTime Ensemble in the performance of Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms. A dynamic musical ‘game piece’, the performance invites members of the audience to conduct the ensemble through rhythms and musical motifs. Using polyrhythms as a model for human interdependence, the work is a staging of relationships with the ‘game’ element allowing for a spirited shifting of roles and perspectives in live musical experimentation. Drawing on deep knowledge of Asian and jazz percussive traditions, Ibarra and the DreamTime Ensemble lead audiences on a journey into a mesmerizing musical environment of multi-layered sonic textures.

Formed by Susie Ibarra, the DreamTime ensemble includes Claudia Acuña, vocals; Yves Dharamraj, cello; Cornelius Dufallo, violin; Yuka C. Honda, electronics; Susie Ibarra, drumset and percussion; and Jake Landau, guitar, banjo and keyboard. Their first album Perception, released in December 2017, was chosen by The New York Times for their top ten playlist, premiered at WinterJazzFest NYC 2018, and was featured in WBGO’s Take Five Gives the Drummer Some which featured Drummer-Led records. The album has many influences, including the late, great Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos, who was meant to record for the album.

Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms builds upon explorations conducted in an earlier work Fragility: An Exploration of Polyrhythms, which was commissioned and premiered at Asia Society in June 2018 as part of Creative Common Ground, and developed in partnership with Pioneer Works artist residency program. Creative Common Ground is an initiative that expands contemporary performance practice by commissioning, producing, and presenting artists who explore beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. The initiative is supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms is presented in partnership with Harvestworks and their 2019 New York Electronic Art Festival. 

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Grantee: Susie Ibarra

Exhibition / United States

Cry Joy Park –– Gardens of Dark and Light

May 17, 2019 - July 7, 2019

Cry Joy Park—Gardens of Dark and Light investigates the history and social landscape of Charleston, a cultural capital of the American South, and an exemplar of its complex opulence and beauty. The exhibition creates an immersive, multi-sensory experience that explores the juxtaposition of utopia and dystopia. Cry Joy Park is an ongoing series of work following Paradise Interrupted, an installation opera conceived, designed, and directed by ACC alumna Jennifer Wen Ma, which made its world premiere at Spoleto Festival 2015.

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Grantee: Jennifer Wen Ma

Exhibition / United States

Lubrication: Zhang Zhaohui solo show

May 25, 2019 - June 30, 2019

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Grantee: Zhang Zhaohui

Performance / Thailand

READ LISTEN GO

June 26, 2019 - June 28, 2019

Actors see only their own word  and not the others'. Each actor will respond to their partner on stage live.A blind first reading. 12 actors are grouped into 3 groups of 4. Different set of age and gender will give various possibility of the story in each show.

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Grantee: Nikorn Sae Tang

Exhibition / United Kingdom

Solo Exhibition at FLOWERS LONDON Kingsland Road

May 2, 2019 - June 22, 2019

Flowers Gallery is delighted to present the first major UK solo exhibition by New York-based Chinese artist Shen Wei, an ACC alumnus. The exhibition brings together works from several series from 2009 to the present day, incorporating photography and moving image.

Responding to his conservative upbringing in China, Shen Wei’s self-portraits, nudes and sensuous landscape photographs explore notions of identity, memory and sexuality. This exhibition draws connections between the influence of Chinese culture and his own personal process of self-discovery.

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Grantee: Shen Wei, Photographer

Performance / United States

Improviser's Pool with Koto, Pipa, Gamelan & More

June 20, 2019

Improvisers Pool
Featuring artists and instruments from Asia and NYC

MIYAMA MCQUEEN-TOKITA, koto & bass koto (ACC grantee on fellowship from Tokyo)
SPECIAL GUEST, violin/viola (NYC)
SUN LI, pipa (NYC, from Beijing)
BIANCA GANNON, gamelan gongs & xylophone (from Melbourne)
KEN FILIANO, bass (NYC)
ANDREW DRURY, percussion (NYC)

“With soup this good you don’t even need the music to be this good!”

MIYAMA MCQUEEN-TOKITA is one of the leading young lights on the Tokyo contemporary scene. Performing contemporary works, improvisation and original music, she regularly plays with such artists as Naoki Kita (vln), Tetsu Saitoh (cb), Bruce Huebner (shakuhachi), Masao Tajima (cb) and Keiki Midorikawa (vc). She is a graduate with a Masters in music from the Tokyo University of the Arts, and is a 2018 grantee currently on an Asian Cultural Council New York Fellowship. Miyama is based in Tokyo, Japan.

BIANCA GANNON is a musician-composer and curator from Ireland, based in Melbourne. On piano, gamelan, and loop pedal, Bianca brings together her training in classical composition, improvised music, and Indonesian gamelan to create a chiaroscuro of otherworldly resonances and trance-like dissonances.

SUN LI performs with Music from China and Jason Kao Hwang's Burning Bridge. She graduated from the Shenyang Music Conservatory where she studied pipa and was a member of the Central Song and Dance Ensemble in Beijing. She has performed with Music From China since 2002. Her recent appearances include the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, and 2013 Lincoln Center Festival.

KEN FILIANO performs throughout the world, playing and recording with leading artists in jazz, spontaneous improvisation, classical, world/ethnic, and interdisciplinary performance, fusing the rich traditions of the double bass with his own seemingly limitless inventiveness. Critics have called him a “creative virtuoso,” a “master of technique” … “a paradigm of that type of artist. . . who can play anything in any context and make it work, simply because he puts the music first and leaves peripheral considerations behind.”

ANDREW DRURY is a drummer/composer and organizer who has performed in 30 countries and on 70 recordings who All About Jazz recently called “one of the most adventurous drummer/percussionists in creative music today, and a dedicated humanitarian.” A long-time student of the legendary drummer Ed Blackwell, he leads ensembles of various sizes and collaborates with a wide range of artists.

door opens, soup on 6:30
music starts 7:00
292 Lefferts Ave. Brooklyn, NY
2/5 to Sterling St. (1 minute walk)
B/Q to Prospect Park (10+ walk)
BYOB (feel free to bring food or drink to share)
suggested donation $20
www.soupandsound.org
www.continuumculture.org

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Grantee: McQueen-Tokita Miyama

Performance / Europe

Same Same but different

June 6, 2019 - June 16, 2019

“Same Same but Different” THAILAND Country & Region Exhibition focuses on Life Matter by communicating Thai people’s attitude towards society, art, culture, and belief through the eyes of theatre practitioners, artists, designers, and art enthusiasts together with communities, interpreting events or aspects in everyday life that drive a society, encourage a smile or raise a topic that make an artist question the past, present and future. When life is a collective experience and performing art is an art that concerns other people’s problem, shared space installation is a form of exhibition in Thailand that explores human and space by a sharing of space between artists and designers, reflecting their views towards events in Thailand and its people’s trends. Exhibition viewers are invited to share their experience through this shared space. #PQ2019 #PQThailand2019 #PQTeamThai #SameSameButDifferent

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Grantee: Nikorn Sae Tang

Special Event / United States

Daylight Test: Silent films 1977-79 Abigail Child (rare 16 mm film prints)

June 10, 2019

Some Exterior Presence 1977 Film (16mm), 9 min, color. My first experimental film, structured on the 4 handed nature of film and electron theory: original footage —“outtakes” from a television documentary I had directed in the spring of 1975 in South Bronx and Brownsville boroughs of New York City — manipulated, then optically printed, then manipulated again. 4X4x4

“The hands are at once linear——the parallel fingers moving across the table as though measuring lengths of film—as well as rounded and expressive, almost touching by the end of the work. These two extremes are somehow mediated by the figure in the white suit who forever undergoes the ritual of entering a dark doorway with linear slats of light. He stands or moves somewhere between these two domains: the exterior linear world and the other world which it houses, where exists the presence of softness and the possibility of touch…” Linda Dackman, Cinemanews 1977

 Peripeteia I 1977, film (16mm), 10 min, color. A landscape movie, filmed while living in the Oregon coastal rain forest, fall 1976. A digressive eco-attendance contrasting the camera’s fixed sight with in-site movement. Navigation ecstatically spiraling sunwards.

Peripeteia II 1978, Film (16mm), 10 min, color. Returning to and extending from Peripeteia I, a navigation by light, again contrasting the camera’s fixed sight with “in site” movement. A sculpture of glass, mirrors and film vies with the choreography of the cardinal points: dense shelter, rain, red emulsion. Filmed in the Oregon Coastal forest, June 1977.

 Daylight Test Section  1978 Film (16mm), 4 min, color. Recurring emergence of narrative. The “loaded “image becomes the determinant feature for reading otherwise unemotional footage; a first experiment in what is an ongoing investigation. 

Pacific Far East Line 1979, Film (16mm), 12min, color.Another landscape film, in this case urban. The work constructed from materials gathered over two years looking out at downtown San Francisco from a loft on Folsom Street. The elements are "folded" and mixed, Time redefines Space: the erector and helicopter appear as toys within a schizy motor-oil-ized ballet mechanique. 

Ornamentals   1979, Film (16mm), 10 min, color. In North Indian classical singing, the approach (up or down) to the note; also the bushes with red berries that grow in Northern California. Footage gathered over many years organized along the color spectrum in a structure of expansion. The concern is abstraction, surfacing representation, increasing connotation through what repeats in time and what is seen —shocks stretched on impressions’ edge to undermine habit.  The film was crucial to my understanding of composition, to my desire for an encyclopedic construction (the world out there) and reaffirmed my allegiance to rhythm. 

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Grantee: Abigail Child

Exhibition / United States

AN ERA OF PEACE, A PEACEFUL LAND

May 9, 2019 - June 6, 2019

Alumnus Heng-Gil Han's (ACC 2017), exhibition AN ERA OF PEACE, A PEACEFUL LAND (Somewhere between No. 4 and No. 5: MAKE PEACE BY MEANS OF ART, or ENHANCE PEACE THROUGH ART) opens on May 9 and runs until June 6.

Materializing the idea that peace is not an absence of a hot war, but a living process of interacting with others, while mutually understanding values and perspectives, the exhibition creates a platform for people to engage with one another via creative means. One of many functions that this exhibition serves is the operation of inserting art into the life of society: here is an inquiry into the possibility of a third realm in which art is not a member of a class, nor a fashion or a style, but an active force that makes intercultural or inter-communal connections among people possible. As a result, this exhibition is bound to be in transition from one point to another in time and space, evolving through exchanges and encounters with the artists and the public.

Alejandro Salgado Cendales contributes a text-based painting using a quote from TOWARD A THIRD CINEMA by Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino, Cinéaste (Vol. 4, No. 3, Latin American militant cinema (winter 1970-71), pp. 1-10). The quote highlights the unity of art and life for the liberation effect of disrupting the post-colonial processes that happen everywhere around the globe in the form of economic and cultural domination and subordination.

Young Sun Han presents a part of his large photographic documentaries of locations visited in Korea, reconstructing poignant narratives of victims and loss caused by the Korean War (1950-53) or the 4.3 Jeju Massacre (April 1948 to May 1949). The series is a reminder of the Korean War or “forgotten war” in the United States, while returning to the Jeju Massacre, a historically misrepresented genocide of Jeju islanders, committed by the South Korean police and armed forces under the control of the United States Military Government.

You Hong Kim shares a portion of his ambitious production of 10,000 paintings entitled Faces of Mind. Here, shapes and forms emerge by association in the artist’s response to intended chance operations, such as dripping, spreading and flowing colors. The outcomes are quirky humorous figures that hide a sense of despair, pain or sadness, reminding of a passage from Tears of a Clown sung by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: “But don’t let my glad expression give you the wrong impression. Really I’m sad, oh I’m sadder than sad.”

Yong Seob Kwon, a specialist for quick drawing in ink, presents four landscape ink paintings from a rare series of work produced on location in outdoor public spaces while the artist was traveling throughout parts of North Korea. Following the Korean tradition of literati ink painting, he often includes short texts in calligraphy within his ink paintings and they enhance viewer’s understanding of the paintings.

The Estate of Dennis Oppenheim generously contributes the Oppenheim’s seminal photograph Reading Position for Second Degree Burn (1970) which is a piece documenting the artist’s body. Challenging the act of painting, in particular to aspects of color, Oppenheim utilized his body as canvas and skin as pigment controlled by time and solar energy. The outcome was the “reversal” of the typical relationship between an artist’s felt energy and the intense color instigated by the former. In his performance, the artist felt the sensory intensity caused by “the act of becoming red.”

Seol Park’s painting fuses the image of an iconic Korean ink painting, After Rain at Mt. Inwang by Jeong Sun in 1751, with today’s urgent relevant issues of refugees from Central America and Syria, connecting dots between seemingly unrelated events, which occupy completely different places in time and space, to create new narratives of contemporary significance.

During his 2014 artist residency on the island of Baekryeong, a maritime demarcation between North and South Korea in the West Sea of Korea, Taesoo Shin produced a scroll depicting the scenic landscape of the renowned ridge, Jansang Got, in a red hue. Located in the North Korean territory, the ridge offers many South Koreans, particularly those originally from the North who were displaced in the South, an ironic sense of both comfort and intense discomfort—being so close, yet so far away.

Connecting the polarities between text and image; tradition and modernity; as well as solidity and fragments, the exhibition presents conditions of global contemporary art that transcends ideological, geographical and cultural boundaries.

This exhibition is generously supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and are co-hosted with OZANEAUX ArtSpace. The curatorial research of this exhibition was made possible by the generous support from the Asian Cultural Council in New York.

OZANEAUX ArtSpace is a philanthropic, artist-run exhibition/project space created by Nikki Schiro and Frederic Ozaneaux in 2009. It hosts Contemporary Art exhibitions for Artists and Curators in the couple's community. The exhibitions highlight Artists from underrepresented demographics as well as foreign exchange. The gallery is planted in the back end of an accounting office, in the heart of New York City’s Gallery District.

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Grantee: Han Heng-Gil

Exhibition / India

" An Act in 3 Scenes"

April 25, 2019 - May 30, 2019

An act in three scenes presents a spatial narrative through paintings and sculptures by Vanita Gupta. The scenography, developed in collaboration with Architect Naveen Mahantesh, unravels the poetry of everyday entropy

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Grantee: Vanita Gupta

Exhibition / United States

In this world, we [CCS Bard 2019 Spring Thesis Exhibition]

April 7, 2019 - May 26, 2019

"In this world, we" explores forms of visual representation of Chinese migrant workers who are largely excluded from political and cultural domains. Counter to a dominant tendency to portray them as a generic mass of former peasants and interchangeable “others,” this exhibition seeks to draw attention to fragments and traces of their everyday individual lives. In this world, we presents copies of archival images from Liu Chuang’s Love Story (2006-2015), the video installation Waterfall (2016) by Li Jinghu, and selected videos from Labour in a Single Shot (Hangzhou) (2014), part of a video documentation project initiated by Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki. The exhibition also includes investigative materials from non-governmental organization China Labor Watch.

For a seat on the free chartered bus from New York City for the April 7 opening please call T +1 845 758 7598 or email ccs@bard.edu. Reservations are required.

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Grantee: Zhu Jinglun

Exhibition / China

Civilization: The Way We Live Now

March 9, 2019 - May 19, 2019

Civilization: The Way We Live Now presents nearly 300 works by more than 130 of the world’s most renowned photographic artists, offering a complex and sprawling vision of contemporary life. The images gathered here, produced in the past 25 years, speak to the changes brought about by globalization, and draw attention both to the increasing amount of complexity and conflict, and to the unprecedented degree of interdependence, that characterize life today. They attest, as well, to the development of the medium of photography, and its ability to document these sweeping changes. Organized in collaboration between UCCA and the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, the Beijing presentation of Civilization is curated by William A. Ewing and Holly Roussell.

In his 2011 book, Civilization, the historian Niall Ferguson notes: “These days most people around the world dress in much the same way: the same jeans, the same sneakers, the same T-shirts… It is one of the greatest paradoxes of modern history that a system designed to offer infinite choice to the individual has ended up homogenizing humanity.” This paradox lies at the core of “Civilization,” which strives to explain the “complex whole” that is modern society, in all its spiritual and material richness. The photographers in this exhibition depict, reveal, examine, criticize and otherwise reflect our hyper-modern and complex social terrain, from Edward Burtynsky’smassively transformed landscapesto Lauren Greenfield’s revealing urban portraits,from Toshio Shibata’s highly ordered tableaus to Xing Danwen’s electronic pollution.

The exhibition is divided into eight sections. “Hive” explores the systems of cohabitation and collaboration that have developed in urban settings. “Alone Together” documents the solidarities and estrangements found within communities, as well as the effect of the internet on sociality. “Flow” testifies to the accelerated production and widening wealth gap in the post-industrial world. “Persuasion” explores the power of symbolic capital, from marketing strategies to consumption habits, from religious beliefs to personality cults. “Control” examines humanity’s ability to create order, resolve disputes, and organize political and social structures. “Rupture” focuses on the breakdown of this order, and the conflicts between individuals and collectives. “Escape” follows the ascent of recreational culture, where relaxation, entertainment, adventure, and thrill-seeking offer freedom from the given. Finally, “Next” presents visions of the future, questioning teleological narratives of development.

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Grantee: Xing Danwen

Performance / United States

Live performance at Record Shop, Brooklyn

May 11, 2019

An informal live performance by solo artists Miyama McQueen-Tokita (koto), Chris Pitsiokos (saxophone), and others.

A night of improvised and new music.

9pm start, $10 suggested donation

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Grantee: McQueen-Tokita Miyama

Exhibition / Germany

Island of Freedom

March 8, 2019 - May 10, 2019

In addition to a number of scientists and artists, the Japanese artist and activist Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, an ACC alumni, was invited to design the central island of freedom for the ZU. Since Kaihatsu's works are always based on a cooperative formation and reinterpretation of a concrete social environment, his island of freedom will by no means correspond to the cliché of the lonely island. Rather, the Japanese activist creates a space that looks like a futuristic extra-terrestrial living room and invites you to grapple with questions of freedom in the 21st century in various formats. The result is a spaceship of free speech.

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Grantee: Kaihatsu Yoshiaki

Performance / United States

Lucifer Landing II

May 2, 2019 - May 4, 2019

Jonathan González’s Lucifer Landing II draws intersections between black life and current geopolitical movements to imagine lateralized intimacy on a damaged planet. Informed by concepts championed by June Jordan, Buckminster Fuller and the Lower East Side Nuyorican collective CHARAS, González exhausts mechanisms of the ‘epic’ in human innovation and the theatrical conventions of classical opera to fathom the possibility of living and dying well.

ACC alum Johann Diedrick will be performing original music as part of the theater production.

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Grantee: Johann Diedrick

Special Event / United States

Someone's public and private / Something's public and private

May 2, 2019

As indicated by the words ‘public’ and ‘private’ in the project title, Hasunuma explores the relationships that we as humans are involved in. At the same time, through the works that he presents, he attempts to replace the public aspects or nature of such relationships so that they become private, and to connect the various relationships together. This time around, he chose a public space like a park, rather than the white cube space of an art museum or gallery, because the public space enables a relative perspective when considering this endeavor. It also provides an opportunity to think about the existence of the individual or individuals within society and within groups.

At this venue, interacting with the artist’s exhibits on the basis of instructions that he has set out, the audience becomes part of the work. Hasunuma has stated that “Music is born out of our everyday lives, originating in the individual, ultimately returning to individual.” This is an opportunity to experience how each individual interrelates with the different elements in the public space of a park, and how, as private elements, they eventually become part of the art itself.

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Grantee: Hasunuma Shuta

Performance / Taiwan

22° Lunar Halo world premiere

April 13, 2019 - April 28, 2019

Set to the soundtrack by Icelandic avant-rock band Sigur Rós and Kjartan Holm, CHENG Tsung-lung’s new creation 22° Lunar Halo excavates our deepest fear toward ourselves as human beings. Commissioned by the three National Performing Arts Centers in Taiwan, 22° Lunar Halo is the last work ACC alumnus CHENG Tsung-lung premieres with Cloud Gate 2, before taking over the reins of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan from Lin Hwai-min at the end of 2019.

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Grantee: Cheng Tsung-Lung

Special Event / United States

Breathless Animals

April 27, 2019

In Chinese filmmaker, and ACC alumnus, Lei Lei’s first feature, the director’s mother speaks in voiceover about her parents, the trials and tribulations of her youth, Maoist China, and violent dreams of animals fueled by late nights in front of the television. Accompanying these recollections, which drift across the soundtrack, are anonymous still and moving images, found footage, and repurposed photographs, occasionally made to skip, stutter, or slow through analog animation techniques. As memories weave through material evidence of the past, ruptures emerge in the film’s construction, calling upon the mind’s eye to fill in the gaps of history.

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Grantee: Lei Lei

Performance / United States

Lucifer Landing I

April 19, 2019 - April 21, 2019

Lucifer Landing I, a new commission by Jonathan González, is the first in a series of works that conceptualize Blackness and post-anthropocentrism. In Lucifer Landing I, González takes the ideas of poet June Jordan and CHARAS as starting points to create an immersive environment in the VW Dome intended to function as an interactive model for sustainable living. Active in the Lower East Side during the 1970s, CHARAS was a collective founded on the ideas of Buckminster Fuller, proposing geodesic domes as an alternative model for social housing.

ACC alum Johann Diedrick composed music that will be included in an immersive environment inside of MoMA PS1's VW dome.

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Grantee: Johann Diedrick

Exhibition / United States

Aliens of Manila: New York Colony

March 9, 2019 - April 15, 2019

AliensofManila is an immersive site-specific installation by ACC alumnus and artist/designer Leeroy New and curated by Pintô director Luca Parolari. It will launch at Pintô International’s East Village headquarters at 431 East 12th Street on March 9, 2018. In the meantime, New’s Aliens of Manila will be making public appearances in New York City throughout this week. Keep an eye out for the Aliens as you navigate the streets of NYC! 

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Grantee: Jan Leeroy New

Exhibition / United States

DINH Q. LÊ: TRUE JOURNEY IS RETURN

September 14, 2018 - April 7, 2019

The largest solo exhibition in the United States in more than a decade of the work of internationally-renowned artist Dinh Q. Lê, this exhibition of five major video and photography installations entwines rarely heard narratives of war and migration from people in North Vietnam, the Vietnamese diaspora, and refugees who, like Lê, have returned to live in their home country. Assembling these obscure stories through the collection of found photographs, artists’ war sketches, and oral histories, Lê presents a multifaceted story about Vietnamese life before, during, and after the Vietnam War. In the process, he questions the viability of collective memory and reveals the effects of trauma on the cultural imagination.

ACC has provided support to the San Jose Museum of Art for this exhibition.

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Grantees: San Jose Museum of Art, Le Dinh Q.

Exhibition / United States

Tsui Kuang-Yu - Exercise Living:Stay Calm

March 11, 2019 - April 7, 2019

This exhibition presents new work created during Kuang-Yu Tsui's residency at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, which is part of his Asian Cultural Council 2018 Program. The show includes video "Exercise Living: Stay Calm," documentation of an experiment conducted at Portsmouth Square in Chinatown, San Francisco. The present social and environmental factors have created a unique social sphere in this Square, but is this also a microcosm of our world?

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Grantee: Tsui Kuang-Yu

Performance / Hong Kong

Pride

March 16, 2019 - March 31, 2019

Arrogance and inferiority are mutually exclusive yet they co-exist. The scourge of pride wreaks havoc, causing the sadness and joys of life to fall out of place. Jason and Tanya have fallen in love, yet they cannot move forward together. What makes Jason hang back? What taboo stands in the way of primal instincts?
Jason’s life is at a stalemate. He is stuck between East and West, his hometown and a foreign land, repression and explosion, the earth and the moon. His feet cannot touch the ground, his body afloat with no sense of direction…
No matter in love or friendship, society or politics, he cannot free himself from his own arrogance.
Award winning director Rocelia Fung work together with emerging playwright Wang Haoran (both ACC alumni), create a theatre piece that challenges our very thresholds.

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Grantees: Fung Rocelia Wai Hang, Wang Haoran

Exhibition / United States
February 1, 2019 - March 29, 2019

Somnath Bhatt | Issam Kourbaj | Firoz Mahmud | Qinza Najm | Sahana Ramakrishnan | Sa’dia Rehman | Mohsin Shafi | Marcelino Stuhmer | Saira Wasim
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Curated by Atif Sheikh

“Take it like a ...”; contemporary trends in the aesthetics of violence takes a look at violence as methodology and/or aesthetics in contemporary art, and the exploration of its connection to similar aesthetics in ancient art.

The show, curated by Twelve Gates’ Atif Sheikh, brings together a group of artists whose work responds to and explores the many aspects of violence in contemporary society. By referencing the aesthetics of the past, each in their own way, the tradition of depicting violence in art becomes evident; as applied to contemporary issues, the aesthetics call into question the tradition itself. As we as a global society become increasingly aware of the destructive, divisive outcomes and less convinced by the narrative in favor of the necessity of engaging in conflict, the tradition of depicting violence in art reflects this almost traumatized, fragmented reckoning. The pieces seem to seek to slow down the process of conflict enough to understand it and perhaps choose a different conclusion.
Sheikh says, “Ancient art offers a valuable insight into ancient societies and their aesthetics of violence. This is especially the case in the classical and medieval representation of the ‘Other’ as either monstrous or feminine (e.g. the ancient Greek representation of the masculine hero in juxtaposition to the feminine Barbarian enemy). Whereas war was considered noble in ancient times, it still needed justification through the representation of the enemy in art. Today, as we live in a time of multiple, simultaneous wars, violence is similarly justified by painting the ‘enemy’ as vile in the media, thereby engendering a sense of righteousness.
By exploring the resonances between the ancient and the contemporary world, the aim of my project is to stir up conversations about issues that are otherwise complacently accepted.”

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Grantee: Firoz Mahmud

Performance / United States

Cross Transit

March 22, 2019 - March 23, 2019

How can Cambodia's past be preserved through the human body? ACC alumna Akiko Kitamura, internationally acclaimed Japanese dancer and founder/former choreographer of Leni-Basso dance company, tackles this challenge together with Cambodian visual artist/photographer Kim Hak. Ambitious yet poetic, Cross Transit is a multimedia dance piece in which Hak's video, photos, voice and personal experiences intertwine with Kitamura's bold, progressive choreography.

Tickets: $30/$25 members

Tickets can be purchased online, or by visiting/calling the Box Office at (212) 715-1258.

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Grantee: Kitamura Akiko

Exhibition / United Arab Emirates

Firoz Mahmud at Art Dubai

March 20, 2019 - March 23, 2019

"Art Dubai 2019" March 20 (Wed)-23 (Sat) 2019 Booth: E1

Ota Fine Arts will participate in "Art Dubai 2019" which will be held in Dubai from March 20-23, 2019. At Booth No. E1, I will exhibit works by Chen Wei, Maki Handa, Takeshi Kumon, Yayoi Kusama, Philos Mahamdo, Nobuaki Takekawa, Guolyan Tan, and Tan De Shin.

Women's preview, VIP opening
March 20 (Wed) 13: 00-16: 00 (Women only)
March 20 (Wed) 16:00-21:30 (VIP preview only for those who have an invitation)

Open to the public
March 21 (Thu) 14:00-21:30
March 22 (Fri) 12:00-21:30
March 23 (Sat) 12:00-18:30

Exhibition information:

Exhibition Name: Art Dubai 2019

Session: March 20 (Tuesday) -March 23 (Saturday)

Venue: Joharah Hall Booth No.F6
Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Umm Suqeim, Exit 39 (Interchange 4) from Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE

Masanori Handa, naminorifuneno , 2016, Watercolor, oil pastel on paper, 108 x 108 cm
Ota Fine Arts will participate in "Art Dubai 2019" which will be held in Dubai from March 20-23, 2019. At Booth No. E1, I will exhibit works by Chen Wei, Maki Handa, Takeshi Kumon, Yayoi Kusama, Philos Mahamdo, Nobuaki Takekawa, Guolyan Tan, and Tan De Shin.

Women's preview, VIP opening
March 20 (Wed) 13: 00-16: 00 (Women only)
March 20 (Wed) 16:00-21:30 (VIP preview only for those who have an invitation)

Open to the public
March 21 (Thu) 14:00-21:30
March 22 (Fri) 12:00-21:30
March 23 (Sat) 12:00-18:30
Exhibition information
Exhibition Name: Art Dubai 2019

Session: March 20 (Tuesday) -March 23 (Saturday)

Venue: Joharah Hall Booth No.F6
Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Umm Suqeim, Exit 39 (Interchange 4) from Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE

Official site
Art Dubai 2019 : http://www.artdubai.ae/

Artists:

Chen Wei
Masaru Handa
Takeshi Hisamon
Yayoi Kusama
Firoz Mahmud
Nobuaki Takekawa
Guolyan Tan
Thanh Dyshin

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Grantees: Firoz Mahmud, Kusama Yayoi

Performance / United States

Talking Gong: Alex Peh, Claire Chase, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Susie Ibarra

March 19, 2019

Pianist Alex Peh teams up with percussionists Susie Ibarra, an ACC grantee, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, and flutist Claire Chase to perform new works inspired by rhythm—both interior and exterior, ancient and contemporary—written for percussion, piano, and flute by composers Susie Ibarra, Kit Young, Kyaw Kyaw Naing and Phyllis Chen.

Talking Gong, written by Susie Ibarra for Alex Peh and Claire Chase, explores traditional Philippine Kulintang cipher scores, reimagined for piano, flute, and mixed percussion.

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Grantee: Susie Ibarra

Performance / Thailand

Play Around , Object Theatre

March 8, 2019 - March 17, 2019

Object Theatre

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Grantee: Nikorn Sae Tang

Exhibition / United States

PLACE: MIGRATIONS & INTERVENTIONS, ARTWORK BY ELLIE IRONS & JENNY ODELL

February 21, 2019 - March 17, 2019

This two-person multimedia exhibition will explore ideas of place - both the physical and the conceptual. San Francisco-based artist Jenny Odell’s collages of Google Satellite image cutouts - views of landfills, waste ponds, parking lots - force viewers to step back and consider fundamental questions of humanity, our presence and impact on the Earth. California-born, Brooklyn-based artist and ACC alumna Ellie Irons foregrounds ecology and Anthropocene in her diverse projects, two of which will be featured in the gallery space. Her series Flight Lines, a collaboration with her husband, Dan Phiffer, documents aerial landscapes, recording and reinstating movements of both living and non-living entities - from birds and bugs to drones and floating plastic bags - through video and abstracted animation. Irons’ Invasive Pigments focuses on relationships between humans and plants, bringing to mind ideas of migration and proliferation across place and time. For this show, pigments made from ‘unintentional’ plants (AKA weeds) gathered from the local Humboldt environment will be placed along with Irons’ “Handbook for Painting with Weeds” at stations in the gallery. Visitors will be invited to create their own paintings, allowing them to actively engage with and experience their local environment from a new angle. This show will challenge viewers to interrogate ideas of place - near and far, abstract and personal - both actively and passively, in new and complex ways.

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Grantee: Ellie Irons

Special Event / Indonesia

Seadom (Southeast Asia Directors of Music) Conference at ISI Yogyakarta, Inonesia

March 14, 2019 - March 16, 2019

Theme of the Conference:
Quality Assurance in Music Education in Southeast Asia and Music Cross Arts in a Southeast Asia Focus
Keynote speaker:
Prof. Martin Prchal (Vice Principal, Royal Conservatory, The Hague, The Netherlands, Board Member, MusiQuE Music Quality Enhancement)
Panelists:
Prof. I Made Bandem, Prof. Jeffery Sharkey, Prof. Petra Frank, Prof. Triyono Bramantyo

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Grantees: Triyono Bramantyo, I Made Bandem

Special Event / United States

Ways of Learning: An Apprentice Boatbuilder in Japan

March 8, 2019

When people think about Japan, they usually have in their minds images of manga and anime, busy urban centers, and an economy based on innovations in electronics. Most people do not know that there is also a “second Japan” wherein lies a rich history of traditional arts and crafts, many of which are fast disappearing. ACC alumnus Douglas Brooks has apprenticed with seven boatbuilders in Japan since 1996, building over a dozen types of traditional boats. In this slide talk he will share his experiences with traditional crafts drawn from twenty-two trips to Japan since 1990. Brooks’ research in Japan focuses on the techniques and design secrets of the craft. These techniques have been passed from master to apprentice with almost no written record. His most recent book, Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding (Floating World Editions, 2015) is the first comprehensive survey of the craft, spanning his first five apprenticeships and including a chapter on Japan’s last traditional shipwright. Brooks will sell and sign copies of his book after the talk.

Brooks will also talk about the nature of craft education in Japan; an ethic that is largely at odds with our notions of teaching in the West. The apprentice system produced craftspeople with incomparable skills, yet it required an intense devotion and seriousness from participants. Brooks has experienced first-hand what it is like to learn when the apprentice is forbidden from speaking. At the core of this process is the belief that one learns by observation and perseverance.

Last year Brooks apprenticed in Gifu, Japan, where he built a 42-foot cormorant fishing boat working alongside an 85-year old boatbuilder. These boats are still used by a handful of fishermen who continue a thousand-year old tradition of fishing with cormorants. In 2015 Brooks apprenticed with the last boatbuilder active in the region struck by the 2011 tsunami. There he documented the most common small wooden fishing boat of the Tohoku region, and area that saw 90% of all boats destroyed in the disaster.

Japan’s last generation of traditional boatbuilders has almost disappeared. Brooks’ teachers were all in their seventies and eighties when he worked with them. He is the sole apprentice for six of his seven teachers. In a 2003 nationwide study sponsored by the Nippon Foundation, Brooks was listed as the sole foreigner capable of building wasen, or traditional Japanese boats. The average age of the 300 boatbuilders listed in the survey in 2003 was sixty-nine. His first book, The Tub Boats of Sado Island; A Japanese Craftsman’s Methods, was honored by the Japanese Ministry of Culture for its contribution to maritime preservation.

Douglas Brooks is a boatbuilder, writer and researcher who specializes in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients. He worked in the Small Boat Shop at the National Maritime Museum in San Francisco from 1985-1990 and has since built boats at museums in Japan and across the United States. He teaches classes in boat building and has written regularly for magazines like WoodenBoat, Classic Boat (UK), and KAZI (Japan). Brooks attended the Williams Mystic Seaport Program in American Maritime History, and he is a 1982 graduate of Trinity College (B.A. Philosophy) and a 2002 graduate of the Middlebury College Language School (Japanese). In 2014 he was awarded the American Craft Council’s Rare Craft Fellowship Award. He lives with his wife Catherine in Vergennes, Vermont. To see photos of his boats and learn more about his research, please visit: www.douglasbrooksboatbuilding.com.

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Grantee: Douglas Brooks

Special Event / United States

Ways of Learning: An Apprentice Boatbuilder in Japan

March 5, 2019

When people think about Japan, they usually have in their minds images of manga and anime, busy urban centers, and an economy based on innovations in electronics. Most people do not know that there is also a “second Japan” wherein lies a rich history of traditional arts and crafts, many of which are fast disappearing. ACC alumnus Douglas Brooks has apprenticed with seven boatbuilders in Japan since 1996, building over a dozen types of traditional boats. In this slide talk he will share his experiences with traditional crafts drawn from twenty-two trips to Japan since 1990. Brooks’ research in Japan focuses on the techniques and design secrets of the craft. These techniques have been passed from master to apprentice with almost no written record. His most recent book, Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding (Floating World Editions, 2015) is the first comprehensive survey of the craft, spanning his first five apprenticeships and including a chapter on Japan’s last traditional shipwright. Brooks will sell and sign copies of his book after the talk.

Brooks will also talk about the nature of craft education in Japan; an ethic that is largely at odds with our notions of teaching in the West. The apprentice system produced craftspeople with incomparable skills, yet it required an intense devotion and seriousness from participants. Brooks has experienced first-hand what it is like to learn when the apprentice is forbidden from speaking. At the core of this process is the belief that one learns by observation and perseverance.

Douglas Brooks is a boat builder, writer and researcher who specializes in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients. He worked in the Small Boat Shop at the National Maritime Museum in San Francisco from 1985-1990 and has since built boats at museums in Japan and across the United States. He teaches classes in boat building and has written regularly for magazines like WoodenBoat, Classic Boat (UK), and KAZI (Japan). Brooks attended the Williams Mystic Seaport Program in American Maritime History, and he is a 1982 graduate of Trinity College (B.A., philosophy) and a 2002 graduate of the Middlebury College Language School (Japanese). In 2014 he was awarded the American Craft Council’s Rare Craft Fellowship Award. He lives with his wife Catherine in Vergennes, Vermont.

Japanese Boatbuilding Demonstration 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM in the BMC Shop
There are two major differences between boatbuilding in the west and in Japan. The first is the use of a series of saws to fit the seams between planks, which are fastened without any caulking. The second is the use of edge-nailing to fasten planks together into wide strakes. Japanese boat nails are hand-made of flat steel stock.

In this demonstration Douglas Brooks will fit two planks in the Japanese fashion, working on the shop floor. Then he will use a special set of chisels to cut pilot holes for the nails and edge-nail the planks together. Brooks will discuss the tools and techniques specific to boatbuilding in Japan as well as answer questions.

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Grantee: Douglas Brooks

Special Event / United States

Digital Nature 2019

February 27, 2019 - March 3, 2019

Experience amazing video and sound installations at Digital Nature 2019, a contemporary art exhibit viewed outdoors in the evening at the Los Angeles Arboretum from Wednesday, February 27, to Sunday, March 3. 6 to 9pm. Contemporary artists will project their work onto the lush garden landscape. Inspired by the natural world and technology, the artists will explore themes as diverse as butterfly camouflage, bird songs and heavy metal, and interactive digital wildflowers. Some are interactive, some with sound or live performances, others silent.

Digital Nature 2019 is curated by Shirley Alexandra Watts. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and 2019 donors Adam Adams, Marie Csete, Ann Hatch, Lynda & Ryan Marton, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Andrea Testa-Vought.

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Grantee: Ellie Irons

Moonlight - a site-specific performance

March 1, 2019

Moonlight is the second phase of an exploration begun by Daloy Dance Co. in 2018 for the Cultural Center of the Philippines' NeoFilipino Series with their piece entitled Howl. With Howl, the corps of dancers undertook the challenge of folding different lexicons of movement together: drawing vocabulary from the club kids, ravers and the voguing ball scene, and weaving it in with systems of motion and symmetry in animal species: flocks of birds, schools of fish, cicada swarms, cats howling at the moon.
 
Led by a steadily thrumming score of trance music, the dancers flow through compounded cycles of choreographed expressions. These expressions progress from a rigorous, almost military synchronicity into a series of schisms and a full structural breakdown. And the dance progresses out of unity and into chaos. In that chaotic space of primal release, Daloy Dance Co. first encountered Moonlight. If Howl was a call into the void, Moonlight is who answered it.

In Moonlight, Daloy Dance Co. takes the exploration further, posing the questions: Can chaos lead to bliss? Can trance transcend?
 
Moonlight leads the ensemble of dancers through a sequence of movement investigations that aim to bring them into an ecstatic state. Structured as an homage to ancient shamanic rites of passage, as well as to the filipino legacy of the queer babaylan, Moonlight is a performed visitation. A wounded healer visits the dancers - hard-worn and wise, beyond species, gender, or time - and endeavours to guide them through a journey toward emancipation. In this season plagued by fear and grief, Moonlight appears and dares us to shake ourselves free from all we know, shed all doubt, and reach for our bliss.
 

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Title: Moonlight
Direction and Choreography: ACC alumna Ea Torrado
Performance: Ea Torrado and Daloy Dance Company
Presented by Pnoise X Nordlys 2.0 Fringe MNL Festival

FREE EVENT!

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Performance / United States

Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation

March 19, 2018 - March 1, 2019

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.

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Grantee: Le Dinh Q.

Exhibition / India

Window without a Wall

January 28, 2019 - February 28, 2019

An experiential installation by ASCC alumni Vanita Gupta in collaboration with Naveen Mahantash.

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Grantee: Vanita Gupta

United States

I Can't Sleep: Homage to a Uyghur Homeland

January 17, 2019 - February 23, 2019

Women and children – posturing, gazing, playing on bed frames – become “coincidental subjects,” their vivid garments sharply accentuated against the muted earth tones of the vast Taklamakan Desert. This far west region of China (Xinjiang), home to the Uyghur people, is a place Lisa Ross has imaged and imagined for over 15 years. Recently, the Chinese state has amplified its efforts to forcibly assimilate minority populations, imbuing the artist with a sense of urgency to display these pictures.

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Grantee: Lisa Ross

Special Event / United States

China Fringe Theater Festival

February 8, 2019 - February 16, 2019

Creative China Festival is committed to becoming a platform to nurture innovative creators and foster in-depth collaborations between China and the US in the fields of contemporary arts and culture. CCF shares the influential and dynamic works of Chinese contemporary arts and culture through 80 events in 8 cities during 200 days, including discussions, films, dances, theater, music, design, art, youth program, artist talks, workshops, fellowships, family programs, publication grants, US arts delegations to China, and arts study tours.

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Grantees: La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, Jinghui Meng

Exhibition / United States

Innumerable Life / Buddha

January 10, 2019 - February 16, 2019

Tatsuo Miyajima opens his first solo exhibition in New York with Lisson Gallery, premiering his new series, Innumerable Life/Buddha. The exhibition will feature five works by the Japanese artist, introducing US audiences to his eastern philosophies and signature digital visual vocabulary. This new body of work, a series of glowing red installations, are inspired by a particular Buddhist teaching, reminding us of the power of the individual within a networked whole. A continuation of Miyajima’s meditations on time and its passage, these installations invite reflection, addressing the fundamental concepts of change, death, connection and eternity. The exhibition follows on from recent large-scale public commissions including Count Down Dialogue (2018) launched during West Bund Art & Design Fair, and comes ahead of Miyajima’s largest solo exhibition in Asia to date, opening at the new Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum in May 2019.

The five new works in the Innumerable Life/Buddha series are made up of glowing LED displays, with thousands of numbers counting down from nine to one at differing speeds, before going dark momentarily. These digits embody the human cycle and the eastern philosophy of change and renewal; each solitary, blinking diode signifying the individual body and soul. The counting sequence continues, as if everlasting, and yet ‘0’, implying death, is expressed solely by darkness. Through this allusion, the numbers – or ‘Life’ – are destined to an everlasting cycle of regeneration. This idea is also reflected in the colour of the new works: the radiant red of the installations denotes the blood of life, love, fire, passion, strength and joy.

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Grantee: Miyajima Tatsuo

Special Event / France

Japonismes 2018

July 15, 2018 - February 15, 2019

Japonismes 2018: les âmes en resonance, an unprecedented celebration of Japanese culture that will unfold across France starting in July. For eight months, Japan’s finest culture will be showcased in Paris, the city of art, and other parts of the country on an epic, all-embracing scale. This grand event represents the Government of Japan’s largest endeavor to share Japanese culture with the world, a flagship project for making culture a pillar of our country’s diplomatic engagement.

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Grantee: Nawa Kohei

Performance / United States

Wu Na + Chang Jing: Sound and View

February 9, 2019

Hailing from China, master musicians Wu Na (an ACC alumni) and Chang Jing elicit the sounds of nature—mountains, water, wind, and moon—from traditional Chinese zithers. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the feeling of sonic scenery.

This program is presented in partnership with the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation.

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Grantee: Wu Na

Performance / France

La Folle Journee de Nantes

January 30, 2019 - February 3, 2019

La Folle Journée de Nantes leads classical music off the beaten path. Cosmopolitan, the event offers many concerts to the greatest number. International artists, young talents and amateurs meet there to offer a wide panorama of baroque, romantic, contemporary music related to a renewed theme every year. For its 25th edition, La Folle Journée 2019 will explore the theme of travel.

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Grantee: Obama Akihito

Exhibition / Thailand

Ligature

November 20, 2018 - February 3, 2019

Bamboo is celebrated by architects for its structural, economic, and ecological properties, but it retains troubling connotations. We associate it with “primitive” huts and kitschy tourist attractions.  It tends to reinforce an Orientalist fantasy of Southeast Asian architecture, distracting from the authentic contemporary vernacular of the region, which is a vibrant collage of cement and plastic, decorated by fluorescent lights and building-sized inkjet prints.

Savinee Buranasilapin and Tom Dannecker of thingsmatter, set out to invent a shape that is the opposite of a hut, in order to give bamboo an image makeover. Instead of small and enclosed, Ligature stretches out in three low-slung arches to form a wide, open pavilion. It defines space without containing it, framing eccentric, non-orthogonal views of its environment. It defies gravity by gripping the ground horizontally, rather than piercing the sky vertically.

Ligature is voluptuous and asymmetrical, its shape estimated with software, but executed by human hands with irregular, imperfect bamboo, in concert with steel pipes, wire ties, and plywood friction plates. Several thousand joints are fastened with the most important tool of our time: the nail gun. The result is neither a showcase of folksy handicraft nor a pristine example of CNC formalism, but an honest, contemporary, human artifact which reveals its own making.

(as a part of the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018)

 

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Grantee: Savinee Buranasilapin

Exhibition / Thailand

Bangkok Art Biennale 2018: Beyond Bliss

October 17, 2018 - February 3, 2019

The international art exhibition will take place at 20 venues across various well-known sites, including ancient temples along Bangkok’s principle river, the Chao Phraya River, historic architectural sites and iconic landmarks, and art and cultural institutions. 75 artists and groups from 34 countries (half of them from Thailand) are selected by international curatorial team.

Under the theme of Beyond Bliss, the artists are invited to create the art works under the concept and interpret the seemingly unattainable happiness in different ways. Creating the art piece at the historical, cultural and spiritual landmarks, representing the pursuit for happiness, both physical and mental, or finding the end of suffering. They also reflect social, political and environmental issues through the art works that have great impact to human happiness.

 

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Grantees: Apinan Poshyananda, Firoz Mahmud, Marina Abramovic

Exhibition / United States

River

October 18, 2018 - January 27, 2019

In Jen Bervin’s large-scale installation River, a hand-sewn model of the Mississippi River in silver sequins, you see the river reversed, mapped from the geocentric perspective— from inside the earth’s interior looking up at the riverbed. The scale is one inch to one mile. It took twelve years to make, and the same amount of time to sew each section of river that it would to walk the real one. The artist sewed the 230 curvilinear feet long sculpture by hand, including each of the thousands of reflective, silver sequins that densely cover the surface. The archipelagoes of the delta, south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, are mirrored. Wherever the piece is exhibited, the people and the space around them will be reflected. The first exhibition of the entire piece will be installed on the ceiling of the I.M. Pei space at the Des Moines Art Center in October 2018, curated by Alison Ferris. 

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Grantee: Jen Bervin

Exhibition / Singapore

Drawing Reverberation

November 16, 2018 - January 5, 2019

Drawing Reverberation, a solo exhibition featuring paintings, drawings and wood carving works made in recent years by artist and alumni Firoz Mahmud. While currently based in New York City, Mahmud (b. 1974) continues to draw artistic themes from the history of the Bangladeshi region in which he is deeply rooted. To ponder and recognize the relevance of these themes, Ota Fine Arts Singapore presents a survey of the artist's recent practice.

To see more about the exciting things Firoz is doing, see his website.

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Grantee: Firoz Mahmud

Performance / United States

Across Central Asia: Music from the Tang and Ottoman Courts

January 3, 2019

The Silk Road was a living conduit of goods and ideas thriving from 500 to 1500 and connecting China to the Mediterranean. In a program featuring medieval recorder, kugo harp, oud and percussion, the Eurasia Consort explores Chinese and Ottoman music. What features linked the twain? The audience can decide. 

Featuring musicians from the Eurasia Consort:
Miyo Aoki, medieval recorder
Tomoko Sugawara, kugo harp
August Denhard, oud
Rex Benincasa, percussion

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Grantee: Tomoko Sugawara

Special Event / United States

On the Road to Dunhuang: Music from the Dunhuang Caves, the Ottoman Empire, and Medieval Spain

January 3, 2019

Founded and co-directed by Tomoko Sugawara and August Denhard, the Eurasia Consort brings together two specialists in the ancient musical traditions of East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Through their research, teaching, and performances, they seek a common understanding of the world’s great music traditions along the ancient Silk Road.

The Silk Road was an interlocking trade route that connected to the Far East, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. For about 1,000 years it was a conduit not only for trade, but for religions, ideas, innovations, and music.

The concert imagines sounds of the ancient Silk Road, taking the listener from the caves at Dunhuang, continuing through the Middle East, and arriving in Europe. Musical instruments such as various versions of the ones being played today – harp, lutes, flutes and percussion – no doubt made the journey as well.

The Eurasia Consort:

Tomoko Sugawara: Ancient Harp, Kugo
August Denhard: Medieval Lute

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Grantee: Tomoko Sugawara

Exhibition / United States

FLOATING GARDEN

November 15, 2018 - January 3, 2019

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Grantee: Yamamoto Motoi

Exhibition / United States

Empathy

November 17, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Divisive rhetoric has reverberated in our current political climate, and empathy has proven to be a challenging sentiment for many Americans to conjure. This exhibition features artists who reveal a capacity for empathy, a willingness to reflect on another's perspective or to understand those whose backgrounds differ from their own. Rather than propose empathy as a solution for today's societal ills, this exhibition also acknowledges the limitations of "walking in other people's shoes." To empathize, in this case, is to look at someone else's belief systems in relation to one’s own worldview, to better comprehend why we believe what we believe, while recognizing that no one can ever truly perceive someone else's struggle. Through an attempt to appreciate another’s experiences and values across social, political, and cultural divides, progress can be made toward finding common ground and fostering an environment of mutual respect.

Among the participants is ACC alumnus Bundith Phunsombatlert's Sunny Garden in Blue: Stories from the Caribbean to Brooklyn. This ongoing project collects the stories of senior immigrants from Caribbean countries (such as Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and Jamaica) who are now Brooklyn residents. The project is in the form of an artist’s book; the symbolic use of flowers and plants in images shows the seniors’ journeys and lives.

Sunny Garden in Blue: The Stories from the Caribbean to Brooklyn builds upon the workshop series and public exhibition through the 2018 Brooklyn Arts Council’s (BAC) SU-CASA program--a program that places artists in residence at senior centers across the city.  

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Grantee: Bundith Phunsombatlert

Exhibition / China

Cry Joy Park — Fold

October 27, 2018 - December 15, 2018

Stemming out of installation opera ‘Paradise Interrupted,’ this series of new iconic work by ACC grantee Jennifer Wen Ma explores the notion of paradise and utopia. The exhibition features two newly commissioned works, two video installations and a multi-media painting installation. ACC grantee Xiaoyu Weng, Associate Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, contributes a critical essay that surveys the artist’s recent works,” says the gallery.

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Grantees: Jennifer Wen Ma, Weng Xiaoyu

Special Event / United States

Nine and a Half Love

December 14, 2018 - December 15, 2018

Nine and a Half Love, a solo theater performance directed by ACC grantee Meng Jinghui, uses montage to combine poetry, myth and allegory. This bold solo performance by Huang Xiangli, “the Queen of Monodrama,” reveals a narrative in three layers: regret of time past; frustration about destiny; and volatility of love.

Nine and a Half Love unfolds a fresh vision of contemporary art in China: embodying new forms of expression that are informed by traditional work, ultimately creating a virtuosic re-imagining of the questions that surround life and love.

Free pre-performance discussion with Meng Jinghui and ACC alumna Claire Conceison, Quanta Professor of Chinese Culture and Professor of Theater Arts at MIT, at 6:00 PM. 

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Grantee: Claire Conceison

Special Event / Taiwan

Paradise Interrupted-An Installation Opera in One Act

December 8, 2018 - December 9, 2018

A co-production of National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival and Singapore International Festival of Arts, the one-act “installation opera” Paradise Interrupted is adapted from a section of the Kunqu classic The Peony Pavilion and has gathered some of the most prominent Asian and Asian American artists working nowadays. The Emmy-awarding winner (and ACC grantee) Jennifer Wen Ma's stage design incorporates paper cutouts, Chinese watercolor, light and shadow, and multimedia installations. The result is dark, mysterious garden that leads the depth of the human heart. 

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Grantee: Jennifer Wen Ma

Performance / United States

RED

November 15, 2018 - November 17, 2018

The luminary Wen Hui, a pioneer of contemporary dance in China, and her Beijing-based Living Dance Studio premiere Red, a critically acclaimed dance theater work. Combining dance, theater, spoken text, and video, Red is a striking documentary performance that takes its point of departure from the Cultural Revolution’s canonized ballet, The Red Detachment of Women. Red revisits this iconic ballet through memory, movement, and anecdotal material from the all-female and multi-generational cast of four.

Wen Hui received an ACC received an ACC Fellowship in 1996 to observe contemporary dance and theater activities and to study modern dance and choreography in the U.S.

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Grantee: Wen Hui

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Performance / United States

Borrowed Light: Innovation in Ancient Arts

November 10, 2018 - November 11, 2018

A musician plucks sounds from the air using a laser interface combined with a 1,300-year-old instrument, a dancer melds the elegant movements of ancient warriors with ballet, and a calligrapher uses a centuries-old practice to reveal a new language hidden within our electronic communications. Borrowed Light features three performances by classically-trained female artists of Japanese heritage who work at the cutting edge of innovation and experimentation. 

Featuring performances by Miya Masaoka, Shoko Tamai, Miyu Tamamura and Anne Patsch. Curated by Anne Patsch.

Borrowed Light is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC.net). In-kind support is provided by Arts Japan 2020.

Wild Project will host an exhibition of work created during the performance.

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Grantee: Miya Masaoka

Exhibition / France

Le collège Fernel (création)

September 15, 2018 - November 4, 2018

Almond Chu's photographs document the relationship between college and city; he looked at the traces the students have left, the marks that have been written; scrutinized the construction, both inside and out. It's a remnant of heritage, of history. It is also the collective memory of the inhabitants of Clermont. 

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Grantee: Chu Almond Tak Wah

Performance / United States

Asian Sound Revolution

November 4, 2018

Jin Hi Kim, Masayo Ishigure, Gao Hong, Vãn-Anh Vō, Susie Ibarra perform in an afternoon filled with Asian music.

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Grantees: Jin Hi Kim, Susie Ibarra

Exhibition / United States

Having Gone I Will Return

September 13, 2018 - October 27, 2018

In her first solo exhibition in New York in nearly a decade, Coyne conceives ambitious tableaux that evoke cross-cultural themes of vanity, grief, and tragedy. Her richly layered, deeply psychological sculptures evince a long-standing interest in literature and literary figures, from Bruno Schulz to Joan Didion, and Japanese literature and film in particular.

Petah Coyne received an ACC fellowship in 1990 to survey traditonal and contemporary arts, meet with artists and curators, and create new work in Japan.

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Grantee: Petah Coyne

Exhibition / United States

One Hand Clapping

May 4, 2018 - October 21, 2018

One Hand Clapping, the third and final exhibition of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative, curated by ACC alumna Xiaoyu Weng,will present new commissions by Cao Fei, Duan Jianyu, Lin Yilin, Wong Ping, and Samson Young. These artists have been selected for their unconventional artistic practices, creative experimentation, and critical reflections on social conditions in a technologically mediated reality. Each will collaborate with the museum on individual site-specific projects that respond to interconnected ideas proposed by the curators of the initiative.

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Grantee: Weng Xiaoyu

Performance / United States

Inheritance: A Litany

October 4, 2018 - October 11, 2018

A journey into the myriad ways a daughter has "become" her late parents. She inherited "her father's nose, her mother's singing voice, her father's sarcasm, her mother's fragile bones"...but also a lifetime of their objects and even their thoughts, revealing a family's story. A poetic narrative, a dance, a play, an opera, a comic drama by internationally acclaimed artist Janis Brenner, winner of 2017 United Solo Award for Best Choreography.
 

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Grantee: Janis Brenner

Exhibition / Taiwan

Maze Coordinates—Tang-Wei Hsu Solo Exhibition

August 25, 2018 - October 6, 2018

ACC grantee Tang-Wei Hsu's says of his solo exhibition: "The process of creation is like walking in a maze. Between this speculation, instead of getting out of the maze, I feel that I have found a road map of the maze, and gradually can grasp the position and leave the footprint in the path."

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Grantee: Hsu Tang-Wei