ANNOUNCEMENT

Taiwan Culture Month Lecture:A Practical Digital Illustration Workshop

Event Info: Topic: Life In Art and Art In Life, a Practical Digital Illustration Workshop Speaker: Nina Edwards Time: 3:30-5:30pm, Thursday, June 1, 2017 Venue: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (1 East 42nd St.) This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. (Please click HERE to RSVP.) The biggest difference between illustration and fine art is that illustration is a form of commercial art: its aesthetics applies to everyday life. It has to perform certain functions and convey information to its target audience. This information is carried through newspapers, magazines, books, advertising, merchandise, and the internet into public life. Through different creative themes (fashion, travel, fantasy, current affairs, lifestyle, character design, etc.), media (traditional and digital) and markets (gifts, stationery, animation, advertising, graphic novels, picture books, promotions, home furnishing, and decorative wall art), illustrators demonstrate diverse, lively, and everyday sides of the illustration field to the consumers’ lives. Nina Edwards has nearly 20 years of illustration, graphic design, and curating experience in the US. She teaches Fashion Illustration, Digital Art, and Art Licensing classes and workshops at Pratt Institute. Her expertise includes digital and watercolor illustrations, especially integrating opposing elements such as traditional …

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POETRY, SIZHU and TAIWANESE OPERA:Chai Found Music Workshop 2017 U.S. Music Tour

Introduction “Sizhu”, a type of ensemble arrangement that includes traditional Chinese string and woodwind instruments, has been the most fundamental musical style of Chai Found Music Workshop (CFMW). CFMW’s performance blend multi-directional components, such as Taiwanese folksong, traditional Taiwanese Opera, Mandarin old ballads, modern music, popular music, children’s musical, oriental musical theater and orchestration with ethnic music instruments. In this performance, CFMW will bring to stage various interpretations of sizhu music and showcase the infinite possibilities of this hundreds-year-old genre. In “Classic Sizhu”,CMFW will present a classical repertoire with fresh, noval arrangements; in “Modern Sizhu”, CMFW will perform commissioned works from Taiwanese composers and in “Ppoetry and Taiwanese Opera” the group will integrate lines of classic Tang Poetry into the diverse musical modes of Taiwanese operatic style.. Demonstration Lecture The Expression of Emotion in Traditional Chinese Music Thursday, May 25, 6:00pm Flushing Library (41-17 Main St., Flushing) Huang Chen-Ming with demonstrations by CMFW musicians Concerts POETRY, SIZHU and Taiwanese Opera Fri., May 26, 2:00pm, Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016), followed by a Q&A session with the musicians Sat., May 27, 3:30pm, Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355) free with admission Sun., May 28, …

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Upcoming Lecture: A Steel Cable Connecting the World Sculptor shares the story of using discarded elevator cables to create his new work

“I first had to clean the used cables with chemicals before molding them in to the shape I desired. I suffered burns, eye injuries and muscle strains and I was exposed to high levels of dioxins as a result of working with a welder for long periods……” sculptor Kang Muxiang recalled the process of his first sculpture made from retired elevator cable. “Nevertheless, giving up a portion of my short life in exchange for a piece of eternal art, a bequest to future generations was all worthwhile,” he added. Kang worked day and night for about 18 months to complete his first artwork titled “Infinite Life” using discarded elevator cables from Taipei 101, formerly the world’s tallest building and now the fifth. Elevator cables are made from numerous steel wires wound tightly together. They are exceptionally difficult to bend, let alone shape into sculptures. “Everyone thought I was crazy, but I just wanted to do it. If I weren’t a little bit crazy, how could I be an artist?” Kang said. “The cables carried 6.6 million visitors during their six years of operation, so there seemed to be millions of lives wound up in them. That thought really intrigued me.” …

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2017 Taiwan Culture Month Kicks off May 18

PROGRAM May 18-June MUSIC 音樂會 POETRY, SIZHU AND TAIWANESE OPERA BY CHAI FOUND MUSIC WORKSHOP 采風樂坊絲竹音樂會 Fri., May 26, 2:00pm, Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Ave, New York) This performance will be followed by a Q &A session with the musicians. Sat., May 27, 3:30pm, Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main St, Flushing) Sun., May 28 afternoon, Passport to Taiwan Festival, Union Square North Sizhu(絲竹), a type of ensemble arrangement that includes traditional Chinese string and woodwind instruments, has been the most fundamental musical style of the Chai Found Music Workshop (hereafter referred to as CFMW). CFMW’s music performances blends multi-directional components, such as including Taiwanese folksongs, traditional Taiwanese Opera, old Mandarin ballads, modern music, popular music, children’s musicals, oriental musical theater, and orchestration, with ethnic musical instruments. In this performance, CMFW will bring to the stage various interpretations of sizhu music and showcase the infinite possibilities of this hundreds-year-old genre. In “Classic Sizhu” CMFW will present a classical repertoire with fresh, novel arrangements; in “Modern Sizhu” CMFW will perform specially commissioned works from Taiwanese composers; while in “Poetry and Taiwanese Opera” the group will integrate lines of classic Tang poetry into the diverse musical modes of Taiwanese operatic style. IMPRESSION FORMOSA—A …

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Chi-Wen Gallery Presents New Work by Chieh-Chi Chang and Yin-Ju Chen at Frieze New York’s Main Section

For its third consecutive appearance at Frieze New York and first time in the art fair’s Main Section, Chi-Wen Gallery will present Chien-Chi Chang’s The War That Never Was (2017) and Yin-Ju Chen’s Extrastellar Evaluations (2016). In the video The War That Never Was, Chang interviews his mother, who was born in 1938 in a poor region of Taiwan. His questions are about her life as a wife, a mother and a laborer. With her life dedicated to survival, global affairs have little meaning to her and she never heard of the Cold War. The questions juxtapose important family moments with historical events during the Cold War, presented as archival photographs, film and sketches. The presentation is complemented with a sound installation “You and the Atomic Bomb by George Orwell 1945,” in which Stephen Barnes reads the famous George Orwell essay “You and the Atomic Bomb” that coined the term “Cold War.” Chen explores the function of power in human society, collective thinking and collective unconsciousness, and most recently the relationship between human behavior and the cosmos. Extrastellar Evaluations continues her research into dystopia, conspiracy and art history. Referencing a theory within biogeography that posited the existence of a “lost …

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Taiwan Comic Artists come to MoCCA Arts Festival 2017

The annual New York MoCCA Arts Festival will take place at the “Metropolitan West” in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, on April 1st and 2nd. This exhibition features independent comics, and cartoon artists. The Taipei Cultural Center is delighted to present two emerging comic artists, 61Chi and Crystal KUNG in the festival with the hope of elevating the international visibility of Taiwanese comics and graphic novels in the US. MoCCA Arts Festival Information: Venue: Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th Street), Taipei Cultural Center Booth: G230 Date: April 1-2, 2017, 11am to 6pm Organizer: Society of Illustrators Website: https://www.societyillustrators.org/mocca-arts-festival Comics Workshop Information: This workshop is co-organized by the Taipei Cultural Center and the New York Public Library. Artists 61Chi and Crystal KUNG will present living drawing. This workshop is free and open to the public. Date: April 3rd, 2017, 6:30pm to 8pm Venue: Co-Lab Room, Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Avenue) About the Comics Artists: 61Chi 61Chi was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1988. In 2007, she published her first Doujinshi illustration book and has so far published more than a dozen books. In 2014, her first comic work “ROOM” with Dala Publishing company marked the beginning of her career as a professional comic …

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Taipei Cultural Center Announces Winners of 2017 RU Program

The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to announce that Ms. Chen An-An and Ms. Chang Yun Han are this year’s winners of the four-month residency program at New York’s noted non-profit arts organization Residency Unlimited. According to the TCC, a total of 18 Taiwanese artists submitted applications during the open call. A jury formed by RU Program Director Boshko Boskovic, former Whitney Museum of American Art guest curator and current New York University adjunct faculty Howie Chen, and TCC Director Susan Yu convened on Feb. 22, 2017 to review the applications. The winners were selected based on the artistic quality of their work, quality of the proposed project, likely benefit to the artist from RU’s tailored residency, artist’s interest in engaging with the New York community, as well as English language proficiency. “It was very interesting for me to find out that a number of emerging Taiwanese artists go abroad to receive degrees in the Masters of Fine Arts Programs in Europe or the United States,” said Boskovic. “I feel that the quality of the applicants’ work was very good, the only criticism would be that some artists were not precise in regards to the project they …

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Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York and Flushing Town Hall In collaboration with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Present CrossCurrent IV with 3 outstanding American Immigrant Dance Artists from Taiwan

Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York and Flushing Town Hall (FTH) are pleased to collaborate with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to present an unprecedented lineup in CrossCurrent IV, featuring the 3 outstanding dance artists – Nai-Ni Chen, Kun-Yang Lin, and PeiJu Chien-Pott – on Sunday, March 5th at 1 PM. A panel discussion moderated Andy Chiang, Executive Director of Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, will follow the one-hour performance. “We are excited to see the stardom-like lineup of Nai-Ni, Kun-Yang and PeiJu, who are unquestionably among the leading forces of modern dance field in New York and across the country,” says Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Town Hall. “We are especially delighted to witness this combination because it represents the quality and passion our immigrant artists can bring to our community.” NAI-NI CHEN established her company in 1988 and has since grown to be one of the most widely toured and presented Asian American dance companies in the United States, with 16 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, 8 tours abroad and over 30 national tours, reaching 40 states in America. Her works have been commissioned by the Joyce Theatre Foundation, the New Jersey …

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”Considerate Creations: Chameleons” Contemporary Women Artists Show Opening

On view from March 17th to April 28th, 2017, the Taipei Cultural Center at TECO-NY is delighted to present a female group show, titled Considerate Creations: Chameleons. Curated by art manager I-Hua Lee of Taipei Artist Village, the exhibition implies that the hard work done behind the scenes allows art projects to successfully come to fruition. Videos, photographs and installations, all of which focus on the different roles of an artist’s life, are part of the exhibition. Besides discussing their many roles, the exhibition also addresses family issues such as marital and parental relations. Considerate Creations: Chameleons is a sequel of Considerate Creations, which was presented in Taipei Artist Village in 2015. To expand the dialogue from Taiwan to New York, the new exhibition consists of two parts. The first part of Chameleons is taking place at the Taiwan Academy in New York featuring three New York-based female artists, including HU Nung-Hsin, CHIU Yu-Chen and WONG Kit-Yi. In June, the second half will consist of another three female Taiwanese artists and will be held at Gallery 456, New York. Chameleon artists is a global phenomenon in the art world, and it speaks to a certain quality of this business. When …

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