Event 2011

Chinese Calligraphy and Modern Art

Lecture speaker: Professor Lillian Tseng Date: Thursday,  December 15th 2011 3Pm-4PM Venue: Taiwan Academy in New York, 1 East 42nd Street, New York NY10017 Can Chinese calligraphy, a medium developed several thousand years ago, play a role in our modern life? Can Chinese calligraphy, a distinctive cultural form, have its niche in our globalized world? This lecture will explore these questions through Grace Yang-Tze Tong?s calligraphic works, with special attention to their tie with Abstract Expressionism, an art movement flourishing in New York. Professor  is Associate Professor of East Asian Art & Archaeology in the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University. Before joining the NYU faculty, Prof. Tseng was Associate Professor at Yale University and Assistant Professor at University of Southern California. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, M.A. and B.A. from National Taiwan University. She is the author of Picturing Heaven in Early China, which was published by Harvard University Press in 2011. Click here to download event’s poster

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EVENTS TO CELEBRATE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR—CHINESE FLORAL ARRANGEMENT WORKSHOP

12 / 20 / 2011, 2:00 PM — 3:30 PM Mrs. Taini Hsu shows different models and functions of Classical Chinese floral arrangement for this specific holiday. Venue: Taipei Culture Center in New York 1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY10017 Tel: 212 – 697 – 6188 To reserve a spot, please contact: hsuling@tpecc.org

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A SHINING HERITAGE — CONTEMPORARY TAIWANESE LACQUER ART FROM THE WANG FAMILY

09 / 18 / 2011 — 11 / 11 / 2011 From now until Nov. 10th, the Headley – Whitney Museum of Lexington, Kentucky will hold the exhibition—A Shining Heritage —Contemporary Taiwanese Lacquer Art from the Wang Family?, which was made possible through the joint planning of the University of Kentucky, the Headley – Whitney Museum, and the Council for Cultural Affairs-affiliated National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (hereinafter referred to as NTCRDI). The exhibition is curated by University of Kentucky professor Dr. Andrew L. Mask and coincides with the school?s ArtsAsia Festival. It will introduce Taiwan?s culturally characteristic and creatively-innovative lacquer art and promote the country?s excellent traditional culture and development of modern art, while simultaneously establishing a mechanism for future museum cooperation between the two nations through the promotion of culture exchange and friendship. ?A Shining Heritage?Contemporary Taiwanese Lacquer Art from the Wang Family? invites three Taiwanese National Treasures, Master Wang Ching-Shuang, recipient of the 2007 ?National Craft Achievement Award?, and his two sons-cum-apprentices, Masters Wang Shien-Ming and Wang Hsien-Chih, to together exhibit 46 of their newest lacquer creations (including 30 two-dimensional pieces and 16 three-dimensional pieces), each piece imbued with both traditional and innovative qualities. Masters …

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CLOUD GATE DANCE THEATRE OF TAIWAN

Oct 6, 2011 at 7:30 PM & Oct 7, 2011 at 8:00 PM Memorial Hall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Raleigh & Cameron Streets, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (919)8433333 www.carolinaperformingarts.org Oct 12 ? 15, 2011 at 7:30 PM Howard Gilman Opera House, Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217-1486 (718)6364100 www.bam.org Oct 21 & 22, 2011 at 8:00 PM Power Center for the Performing Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 121 Fletcher Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734)7633333 www.ums.org Oct 28 – 29, 2011 at 8:00 PM Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601 (312)3347777 www.harristheaterchicago.org Nov 1, 2011 at 7:30 PM Lila Cockrell Theatre, San Antonio 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78201 (210) 2078500 www.sahearts.com Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan With dancers trained in chi kung, meditation and internal martial arts, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan transforms ancient aesthetics into thrilling modern celebrations of motion. The company has received high acclaims throughout the world. Among them, Cursive: A Trilogy was elected as the “best dance choreography” of 2006 by Ballet-Tanz and Theaterheute, Germany, while …

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FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA-SAFOTO: CHANG CHAO-TANG

September 3, 2011 – October 24, 2011 Instituto Cultural de México, San Antonio 600 Hemisfair Park, San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 2270123 www.saculturamexico.org Curator: Michael Mehl September 7, 2011- November 20, 2011 City of San Antonio International Center 203 South Saint Mary?s San Antonio, TX 78205 (210)2273335 Curator: Michael Mehl Chang Chao-tang is arguably the greatest Taiwanese photographer of his age. As an artist, Chang remains ever intriguing and unpredictable. Though his work is grounded in solid realities, his soul sails high above worldly concerns. Chang grew up in the repressive society of 1950s-60s Taiwan, and as this environment lingered well into the 80s it dominated most of his creative life. During this period of political repression, Taiwanese photographic culture was impoverished. Chang’s photography, born of this political and cultural stagnation, became a lone, soaring melody in counterpoint to the strictures of the era. In retrospect, it is clear why expressions of surrealism, the Theatre of the Absurd, and alienated viewpoints saturate Chang’s work. For him, these visual languages are first and foremost a form of resistance against, and salvation from, cruel realities. His early work in the 1960s is filled with a visceral tension reflecting his own repressed, anxious …

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FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA-SAFOTO – ISA HO

September 3, 2011 – October 24, 2011 Instituto Cultural de México, San Antonio 600 Hemisfair Park, San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 2270123 www.saculturamexico.org Curator: Michael Mehl Fairy tales are called fairy tales because they provide a clear, simple vision of reality and always end happily. As children, we were all told that prince and the princess lived happily ever after, and we were made to understand that marriage was synonymous with happiness. In Taiwan, the “compromise” inherent in marriage gives free rein to the values of the older generation. Society necessitates that women get married, and looking forward to an idealized dream provides a spiritual pillar for them. Isa Ho dares to suggest that disillusionment with fairy tales is a common experience for modern women in Taiwan. As an artist, she is interested in the ways in which disillusionment with myths is an experience shared by all people. Both for women and men, there numerous ways in which contemporary Taiwanese society forces one to compromise. In her work, Ho takes a positive angle on this negative experience:? When people have to compromise, it is important that they adjust well psychologically, that their psyches keep pace with reality.? It is all …

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FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA-SAFOTO – WU CHENG-CHANG

September 3, 2011 – October 24, 2011 Instituto Cultural de México, San Antonio 600 Hemisfair Park, San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 2270123 www.saculturamexico.org Curator: Michael Mehl The Vision of Taiwan series is made up of documentary photography, which places special emphasis upon the relationship between humans and their surroundings. In this case, this relationship is embodied in a kind of surrealistic atmosphere created by the observer’s calm, critical stance in the face of large unavoidable realities. Though these images manifest disappointment and pessimism vis-a-vis the current state of Taiwan’s environment, they still express idealism and hope for positive reform. For Cheng-Chang Wu, photography is a means of finding emotional relief. To produce these images he stood in a space and photographed himself with long exposures, subjecting himself to constant flashes of light. The intensity of the flashes created an unexpected emotional release, temporarily blinding him to his surroundings. In these images, external reality has disappeared: the artist is looking without seeing.

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TAIWAN CRAFTS IN NEW YORK

National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute 2011 Museum of Arts and Design-Open Studios Program 9/13~9/18 9/12 pm2:30 at Taiwan Taipei cultural Center of TECO in New York Twenty-first century?s digital age and globalization tendency creates an illusory atmosphere which makes cultural identity and the sense of belonging of cultural industries especially important. Traditional crafts have local history, cultural background and nature as its base and continue to attract other external forces. After the impact of the Industrial Revolution and the baptism of the twentieth century aesthetics, the craftsmanship has developed a crosscutting nature with a mix of design, fashion, nature and art. Materials in process under craftsman?s hands correspond to the attitude of contemporary craftsmanship and the expression of emotions towards craftsman?s homeland and their own culture. Based on the aim of cultural exchange and to promote Taiwan’s craftsmanship internationally, the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Center, Taipei Cultural Center in New York and the Design Museum of Art (MAD) has co-operated an exchange program. Artists are arranged to work in the Open Studios on the sixth floor of MAD from 13th to 18th of September in order to interact with the public about their creation and to …

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FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA-SAFOTO

International Photography Festival The FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA-SAFOTO Int’l Photography Festival is a unique and eclectic forum for the exhibition and celebration of photography and photography-based art forms. For fifteen years, the FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA-SAFOTO Festival has fostered a growing interest in the photographic arts in South Texas, with established and mid-career artists showcasing their talents alongside a burgeoning pool of avid photographic artists and enthusiasts. This growth reflects a deep interest in photographyboth as an art form and as a means of personal and cultural expression, and is indicative of the enthusiasm with which San Antonians have embraced the Festival. This year, for the first time, Taiwanese photographers have been invited to participate in FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA-SAFOTO. Their inclusion in the event coincides with Taiwan’s centennial celebration,? Taiwan: Splendid for One Hundred.? The Taiwanese photographers to be featured in this festival are Wu Cheng-chang, recent winner of The Power of Self, “an international search for the world’s most compelling self-portraits?; Isa Ho (Ho Meng-chuan); and Chang Chao-tang, winner of Taiwan’s 30th National Cultural Award. Images of the photographers? works can be seen on the SAFOTO WEB GALLERIES. Framed photographs will be on display at the Instituto Cultural de México and International Center, San …

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