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Zhang Hongtu: Expanding Visions of a Shrinking World book launch and panel at Queens Museum of Art



Zhang Hongtu: Expanding Visions of a Shrinking World
Book Launch and Panel Discussion

Zhang Hongtu: Expanding Visions of a Shrinking World is edited  by Luchia Meihua Lee, guest curator of Zhang Hongtu, and Jerome Silbergeld. Twelve leading art experts, art historians, and critics have reviewed the life, career, and artistic development of New York based Chinese artist Zhang Hongtu. Please join us for a conversation about the book and exhibition with Jerome Silbergeld and contributors Eugenie Tsai and Lilly Wei.

A pioneer in contemporary Chinese art, Zhang created the first example of “China Pop” art, and his oeuvre is as diverse, intellectually complex, and engaging as it is entertaining. From painting and sculpture to computer generated works and multimedia projects, Zhang’s art is equally rich in terms of China’s history and its current events, containing profound reflections on China’s oldest cultural habits and contemporary preoccupations. He provides a model of cross-cultural interaction designed to make Asian and Western audiences look more closely at each other and at themselves to recognize the beliefs they hold and the unexamined values they adhere to.

From his early work in China during the Cultural Revolution to his decades as an artist in New York, Zhang reflects the complex attitudes of a scholar-artist toward modernity, as well as toward Asian and Western societies and himself.  Placing Zhang in the context of his cultural milieu both in China and in the Chinese immigrant artist community in America, this volume’s contributors examine his adaptations of classic art to reflect a contemporary sensibility, his relation to Cubism and Social Realism, his collaboration with the celebrated fashion designer Vivienne Tam, and his visual critique of China’s current environmental crisis.

Jerome Silbergeld is the P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History at Princeton University and director of Princeton’s Tang Center for East Asian Art. A specialist in Song-Yuan period painting, he has published more than eighty books, catalogues, articles, and book chapters on topics in traditional and contemporary Chinese painting, traditional architecture and gardens, cinema and photography. He has also curated and co-curated eight exhibitions, including the first major solo exhibition in America by a Chinese artist, in 1988. His books on cinema and photography include China Into Film, Hitchcock with a Chinese Face, and Humanism in China. On contemporary art, his books includeContradictions: Artistic Life, the Socialist State, and the Chinese Painter Li Huasheng, the first extensive study of any PRC artist, which became a New York Times notable book of the year in 1993; Outside In, on the globalization and loss of “Chineseness” of Chinese art; and ARTiculations: Undefining Chinese Contemporary Art.

Eugenie Tsai has been John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum since 2007. Previously she was Director of Curatorial Affairs at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens, New York. Prior to Joining P.S.1 in 2005, she was an independent curator with projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Berkeley Museum; and the Princeton University Art Museum. She held several positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art prior to becoming Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs. Among the exhibitions and installations she has organized are the mid-career survey Threshold: Byron Kim, 1990-2004Robert Smithson, which received the International Association of Art Critics’ first place award for the best monographic exhibition of 2005; and for Princeton University, Shuffling the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered. Dr. Tsai received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University

Lilly Wei is a New York-based independent curator and critic whose focus is global contemporary art. She has written regularly for Art in America since 1984 and is a contributing editor at ARTnews and  formerly one at Art Asia Pacific.  Among other national and international publications, Wei has also written for Art & Australia, Asian Art News, Sanat Dünyamiz, Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, Studio International, Tema Celeste, Flash Art, Art Press, and Art and Auction, and has frequently reported on international biennials such as those of Venice, Sydney, Cairo, Athens, Reykjavik, Shenzhen and Hong Kong and international exhibitions such as Documenta and Sonsbeek, the sculpture international in the Netherlands.  She has been the author of many exhibition catalogues and brochures on contemporary art, including publications for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Knoedler, Marlborough and Pace Galleries, New York, NY. She has curated numerous exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia. Two of her most recent exhibitions were “The Museum Imagined” at Danese/Corey, New York, NY, and “Uncanny/Figure” at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs.  Wei lectures on critical and curatorial practices and serves on numerous advisory committees and review panels.  She was born in Chengdu, China and has an MA in art history from Columbia University, New York.

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Artist Larry Lee book release party at Transistor

Readings from Jook Sing and Notes (in lieu of sketches)
By Larry Lee
Saturday, March 9th

3819 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613

Featuring the mellifluous voices of buddies and gals reading excerpts from his two volumes of poems and writings about how a Chinese kid who grew up watching lots of movies, television, sports and all things pop culture deals with “big” ideas like art, literature, philosophy and life.

With Susannah Papish, Sarah Wild, Paul Hopkin, Jason Dunda, Megan Powell, Jeffrey Grauel, CC Ann Chen, and many more…

And a mini-concert by XYZR_KX (Jon Monteverde).

larry lee transistor reading

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Selections from Laramie: A Gem City Atlas by Rebecca Solnit, Shizue Seigel, Ben Pease and the University of Wyoming’s Creative Writing MFA Program with Laramie Myths and Realities by Shizue Seigel

Selections from Laramie: A Gem City Atlas

by Rebecca Solnit, Shizue Seigel, Ben Pease and the University of Wyoming’s Creative Writing MFA Program with Laramie Myths and Realities by Shizue Seigel

In 2011, as the distinguished visiting writer at the University of Wyoming’s writing program, Rebecca Solnit launched a Laramie atlas modeled after her book Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, in a class of graduate students cotaught by local writer Alyson Hagy. Cartographers Ben Pease and Shizue Seigel and local artists joined the project and brought it to completion. Accompanied by Shizue Seigel’s photographs.

Maps are invitations in a more direct and exhilarating way than images or words… you can locate whatever the map shows and then you can locate yourself in relation to it…. Maps are also invitations, to orient yourself and to disorient yourself and explore. — Rebecca Solnit

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 5 – 8:30 pm Exhibition Dates: Monday, April 23 – Friday, June 8, 2012, M – F, 9 am – 5 pm Seed Gallery, Thoreau Center for Sustainability Building 1012, 1014 Torney Avenue (at Lincoln Boulevard) The Presidio of San Francisco. Contact: Bruce DeMartini, bruce, 415-561-7823

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A PLACE OF HER OWN September 2 – October 3, 2010

Asian American women artists creatively respond to the question,
“If you had a place of your own, what would it be?”

Driftwood Salon, San Francisco
39 Isis St. (between 12th St & United States Highway 101)
San Francisco, CA 94103 Neighborhood: SOMA
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 pm – 6 pm

Exhibition: September 2 – October 3, 2010

* Opening Reception Friday, Sept. 3, 5 pm – 9 pm

* Panel Discussion Thursday, Sept. 16, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join panelists from API (Asian Pacific Islander) Legal Outreach and
Cameron House as they discuss how the arts and projects like A Place
of Her Own can be used as vehicles of communication, healing and
building community for their clients and staff.

* Artist Talk : “Afternoon with Nancy Hom” Sunday, Sept. 19, 2 pm – 4 pm

See her new work for A Place of Her Own as she shares her creative
process. Celebrate this amazing woman, leader, artist and activist.
The event is a fundraiser for AAWAA’s Archive project. Suggested
donation $15 – $25

* Closing Reception: Saturday, October 2, 6 pm – 9 pm

Artists Featured
Visual Artists: Nancy Hom, Vivian Truong, Xiaojie Zheng,
Isabelle Thuy, Pelaud, Solongo Tseekhuu, Shari Arai DeBoer,
Susan Kitazawa, Sue Tom and Irene Wibawa
Writers: Nancy Hom, Angie Chau and Beverly Quintana

AAWAA is supported by California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission

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Book Release – Chiang Yee: The Silent Traveller from the East

Chiang Yee (1903-1977)
Artist, Writer, and Poet
Author of twelve Silent Traveller books
Former Professor Emeritus at Columbia University

Chiang Yee Art Exhibition

April 26-30, 9 am – 6 pm

Book Release

Chiang Yee: The Silent Traveller from the East
Arthur C. Danto, Columbia University
Da Zheng, Suffolk University
April 27, Tues., 2 pm
followed by reception

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York
1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017

Free and Open to the Public

For more information, please contact
Gene Mei: 917-577-1133
Phil Ma: 860-627-7788
Roy Leu: 718-886-7770 x 101

Organized by the Chinese Cultural Art Association
Sponsored by Chien-fei Chiang and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York

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History as Art, Art as History

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presents

History as Art, Art as History:
Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education

Presentation And Q&A With Author Dipti Desai
Moderated by Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen, A/P/A Institute at NYU

History as Art, Art as History
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
A/P/A Institute at NYU

41-51 East 11th Street
7th Floor Gallery
New York, NY 10003

Free and open to the public.
RSVP by Monday, April 19, 2010 to online:, email, or call 212-992-9653

This book event presents the work of Asian American artists who work with archives. History as Art, Art as History pioneers methods for using contemporary works of art in the social studies and art classroom to enhance an understanding of visual culture and history. The fully-illustrated interdisciplinary teaching toolkit provides an invaluable pedagogical resource – complete with theoretical background and practical suggestions for teaching U.S. history topics through close readings of both primary sources and provocative works of contemporary art.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Dipti Desai is an Associate Professor and Director of the Art Education Program at NYU.

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