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Exhibition Sheds Light on How Photographers Address Drastic Social Changes in Taiwan 1986-1990

History’s Shadows and Light Dates: Aug. 29 – Oct. 12, 2017 Venue: TECO-NY Gallery (1 E. 42nd St., 1st and 2nd floors) Curators: Sharleen YU, LIU Chen-hsiang Artists/Group: LIU Chen-hsiang│HSU Po-hsin│HUANG Tzu-ming │The Green Team Opening: Aug. 29, 6:30-8:00pm Curators’ Walkthrough: Aug. 29, 5:30pm Guided Tours: TBA Organized by and first shown as a special section of the exhibition Faint Light, Dark Shadows at Taipei Fine Arts Museum from March to June of this year, History’s Shadows and Light features photographs of major political and social movements in Taiwan from 1986 to 1990—a time when photography not only served witness to society’s drastic transformation immediately before and after the end of martial law in 1987, but also began to expand the expressive force and contagious appeal of the contemporary photographic aesthetic. This exhibition ponders some of the issues that arose with the lifting of martial law, such as human rights, farmers’ and workers’ movements, and environmental protection, as documented through the lens of several of Taiwan’s most representative photojournalists—Liu Chen-hsiang, Huang Tzu-ming and Hsu Po-hsin, as well as the rarely seen documentary films of the Green Team. Extracting the idea of processing photographs in a darkroom back in film-camera era, …

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Taiwanese Waves Returns to Central Park, a Showcase for Taiwan’s Diversity in NY

Sponsored by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tourism Bureau and Taipei Cultural Center, organized by the curator Mia Min Yen, the live concert, “Taiwanese Waves,” returns to SummerStage, ready to wow New Yorkers once again. It takes place on Saturday, July 29th. Taiwan’s rich sounds and diverse culture will once again fill the air in Central Park. The event is free, and we welcome all to attend. SummerStage, a program of the CityParks Foundation, is known for presenting outstanding performances, free of charge in a world famous venue – Manhattan’s Central Park. A year ago, Taiwanese Waves brought the unique sounds of Taiwan to SummerStage for the first time, which drew the biggest crowd than any other single night in SummerStage’s 30 year history. This year, the lineup includes the winner of Taiwan’s 28th Golden Melody Awards in Album of the Year, Sangpuy; the soft but powerful indie musicians Berry J and Dadado Huang; and the band behind the 2014 runaway hit “Island’s Sunrise,” FireEX. Together they will showcase their distinct musical styles in Central Park. Speaking about the unique facets that “Taiwanese Waves” will provide, show curator Mia Min Yen said “Both New York and …

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TAIWAN CINEMA DAYS at AAIFF 2017, July 29- 30 and August 3

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is thrilled to announce that the 40th Asian American International Film Festival will present TAIWAN CINEMA DAYS by showcasing 3 compelling Taiwanese films of the year including SMALL TALK by Hui-chen Huang, THE RECEIPTIONIST by Jenny Lu, and A FOLEY ARTIST by Wan-jo Wang with the filmmakers in person. SMALL TALK, an autobiographical documentary executive produced by the film amateur Hou Hsiao-Hsien, is selected as the centerpiece presentation of this year’s AAIFF and will have its NY premiere screening on July 29th at Asia Society after having received 2017 Berlinale Teddy Award for the best documentary this February. TAIWAN CINEMA DAYS also highlights two works of Taiwan’s rising talents: A FOLEY ARTIST and THE RECEPTIONIST. Directed by Wan-jo Wang, A FOLEY ARTIST is the first documentary about the history of sound-production in Taiwanese films by telling the story of professional Foley artist Hu Ding-Yi, who recreates sound in wildly creative ways and gives life and energy to a film. Inspired by true events, Jenny Lu’s debut feature THE RECEPTIONIST depicts the secret lives of the employees and clients of an illegal massage parlor in London through the eyes of a foreign graduate who lands …

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Taiwan Cinema rocks NYAFF 2017 with NY premieres of latest films from Giddens Ko, Chung Mong-hong, and more! July 1-16

The New York Asian Film Festival returns for its 16th annual edition with Taiwan Cinema section, showcasing 5 award-winning and hotly anticipated Taiwanese films of the year, including the latest from Giddens Ko (Mon…Mon…Monsters), Chung Mong-hong(Godspeed) , Midi Z (The road to Mandalay), Chen Yu-hsun (The Village of No Return) and the rising talent Chen Mei-juin (The Gangster’s Daughter)—plus the LGBTQ-themed classic film, Eternal Summer by Cheste Chen. Starring Jack Kao(Daughter of the Nile), Chen Mei-juin’s The Gangster’s Daughter is selected as one of the 7 works from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand for the Main Competition, the new section featuring diverse works by first or second-time directors that are all having their North American premieres at the festival. The director Chen Mei-juin will attend the premiere screening in person on July 1. Giddens Ko’s (You Are The Apple Of My Eye) latest film, Mon Mon Mon Monsters tells a story of a gifted student who reluctantly joins a rancorous gang of three for a community care assignment, which ends up with a surprise catch of a man-eating little monster. This black comedy will also have its North American premiere on July 2 before it’s going to …

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ENSEMBLE MISE-EN ANNOUNCES MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017

A Six-Day New Music Festival in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY, June 20- June 25 Featuring: ENSEMBLE MISE-EN with Chartreuse Ensemble and the 2017 MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL Fellows Performances and Events will be hosted by: German House, MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick, New York University, Scandinavia House, and the Taipei Cultural Center. Concerts Tuesday, June 20th @ MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick, 8:00 pm 678 Hart St #1B, Brooklyn, NY 11221 Wednesday, June 21st @ German House, 6:00 pm 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 Wednesday, June 21st @ Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 9:00 pm 70 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012 Thursday, June 22nd @ MISE-EN_Place Bushwick, 8:00 pm 678 Hart St #1B, Brooklyn, NY 11221 Friday, June 23rd @ Scandinavia House, 7:00 pm 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016 Saturday, June 24th @ Taipei Cultural Center, 3:00 – 10:00 pm 1 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017 Workshops Sunday, June 25th @ New York University GSAS Music Department Room 220, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 24 Waverly Pl, New York, 10003 NEW YORK, NY —This summer New Yorkers can expect a spectacular display of musical expressions from the 2017 iteration of the MISE-EN Music Festival. Since 2014, ENSEMBLE MISE-EN has …

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“Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang” on View Jun 24 to Nov 12 at Worcester Art Museum

Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang features the work of Shih Chieh Huang, who combines his longstanding fascination with technology and the materials of modern life to transform mundane manufactured objects into novel and remarkably complex sculptural forms. Huang elevates circuit building, transistor rewiring, and other hardware operations into an art that connects not only with our senses but our sense of humanity between today’s virtual and analog existence. At the Worcester Art Museum, Huang plans to create his most ambitious immersive environment to date—a kinetic sculptural installation consisting of over one hundred various-sized elements. In addition to the exhibition, the artist will create onsite his Organic Concept, an infinitely scalable sculpture made from rolls of painter’s plastic and box fans. The creation will be a public performance in the Museum lobby on July 20, 2017. Afterwards, Organic Concept will be temporarily installed in the Renaissance Court. Reusable Universes resonates with the spirit of innovation and curiosity that continues to ground Worcester today. Huang’s art also will provoke the viewer to consider society’s rapidly changing relationship with technology. By constructing grand works of “low-tech” art made from high-tech parts that are intentionally built to look unfinished, Huang endeavors to recapture the …

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Considerate Creations: Chameleons – Part II

On view from June 16 to July 14, the Taipei Cultural Center in New York and Gallery 456 are delighted to co-present the second part of a female group show 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. Artworks on display are in various forms, including video, photograph and installations, yet all focus on the female artists’ common experience of playing multiple roles. Apart from discussing the subject of women’s multiple 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 and will be touring to New York this year. This exhibition features works by female artists who wear many hats, from art directors, curators, museum staffs, archivists, to wives and moms. Taiwanese artists Chen Hui-Chiao, Wang Te-Yu, and Tsai Hai-Ru are invited to exhibit with New York-based artists Hu Nung-Hsin and Wong Kit-Yi/Ali Wong. Cross–disciplinary practice is a common state, and contemporary artists are commonly acquired a diverse skillset. Lee categorized this group of …

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Impression, Formosa -a sketchbook of contemporary music from Taiwan

Taiwan Academy Presents New Asia Chamber Music Society Saturday, June 10th, 2017, 4:00 PM TECO (1 East 42 Street, New York NY10017) Free Admission, RSVP required, or please e-mail to 0573@tpecc.org Program Impression, Formosa 1. Shiuan Chang: String Quartet for Folk Tune Bāng-Chhun-Hong 2. Tyzen Hsiao: Piano Trio 3. Hung-Ping Chang: Silk Road Fantasie for String Quartet 4. J. Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op. 25 Max Tan, violin Sheng-Ching Hsu, violin Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viola Nan-Cheng Chen, cello TzuYi Chen, Piano Ilha Formosa is a Portuguese historical name for Taiwan, meaning “Beautiful Island”. To depict the beautiful image, the concert will include three pieces of Taiwanese composers; among them Shiuan Chang and Hung-Ping Chang will be present at the performance. Taiwanese composer Shiuan Chang’s compositions have been described as “a tapestry of extraordinary sound and idea; not word of painting or sound landscape, but rather a psychological meditation.” Bāng Chhun-hong is one of the most well-known Taiwanese Hokkien song composed by Taiwanese composer Teng Yu-Hsien in 30s. Its melody is a nostalgic calling for a lot of people who are living outside of the country. Shiuan originally arranged “Bang Chhun-Hong” for string quartet to be performed by …

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The Power of Writing: Taiwan Pavilion for the first time at 2017 Book Expo America & BookCon

Sponsored by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and Taipei Cultural Center, organized by the Association of Taipei Publishers, the Taiwan Pavilion—The Power of Writing—will give 30 Taiwanese publishing houses the opportunity to break into the American market at The Book Expo America & BookCon. The Book Expo America & BookCon will have its grand opening at the Javits Convention Center on May 31st, 2017. It’s the first time for Taiwan to join this book fair. Talented and important individuals from publishers all over the world will gather at the Book Expo America & BookCon, where editors, copyright agents, and publishing houses are set to compete intensely. At the fair, the worldwide copyright for the works of hitherto unknown writers will probably be sold in an instant. This year, the Taiwan pavilion is set to appear for the first time, with the hope that native publications of distinction, along with those that exemplify Taiwanese culture, will be popularized throughout the world. The Taiwan Pavilion—The Power of Writing—will join the book fair with 160 books, including literature, comics, children’s books, picture books and language learning materials. European and American publishers have long had a strong presence in Taiwan. However, this is the …

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