Monthly Archives: February 2010

Indo American Arts Council & Middlesex County College present Art and Dance of the South Asian Diaspora

Indo American Arts Council
& Middlesex County College
Art and Dance of the South Asian Diaspora
Art and Dance of the Indian Diaspora
Guest curator Kathryn Myers, Professor of Art,
the University of Connecticut

Opening Reception: FEBRUARY 25 – Time 5-7PM
Dance performance – 7 -9PM

Venue: Studio Theater and Gallery, Middlesex County College
Location: 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08118 | Directions: click here

Visual Art Exhibition

FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 25, 2010
Opening Reception FEBRUARY 25, 2010 | 5-7 PM

Guest curator Kathryn Myers, Professor of Art, the University of Connecticut

The artists in this exhibition share points or origin and connection in South Asia and the Diaspora, including India, Pakistan, Trinidad and the United States. All presently work in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Edison, New Jersey, as the location of a significant South Asian population is an appropriate site for this exhibition where a multiplicity of creative endeavors reflect the rich diversity of this community, an exhibition where a variety of artistic languages,sculpture, installation, video and printmaking, invite translation, interpretation and engagement.The exhibition features work by: Sonia Chaudhary, Ruby Chishti, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Asha Ganpat, Nidhi Jalan, Raghava KK, Satyakam Saha. The exhibition is coordinated by IAAC Exhibitions Director Amina Ahmed.

The Exhibition is free of charge.

Dance performance

FEBRUARY 25, 2010 | 7-9 PM.

The evening performance celebrates dance, music and storytelling of the Indian diaspora by presenting works of four prominent and emerging dancers and choreographers. Each choreographer reinterprets tradition taking off from the source to innovate, reconstruct and create new narratives, movement and aesthetic based on their own context and vision.
Featured Performers:
Maria Colaco Dance, Parijat Desai Dance Company, Parul Shah Dance Company, Ramya Ramnarayan

Post-performance Discussion: Moderated by Rajika Puri, renowned dancer and choreographer. The performances are curated by IAAC Dance Director Prachi Dalal.

Regular $20 / Students, seniors and children $10 Advance tickets purchase at (Pick at door)

Information 1-866-811-4111; On-site information 732-906-2589

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Round the World Skills Swap! A Networking Event! an event of Import/Export, a solo exhibition by Chanika Svetvilas at Taller Boricua, New York City

Tuesday, February 23, 6:00-9:00 pm Free!

Round the World Skills Swap! A Networking Event!

an event of Import/Export, a solo exhibition by Chanika Svetvilas

at Taller Boricua, 1680 Lexington Ave, between 105 & 106 St.

Do you have an untapped skill that you would like to share? At Round the World you will have the opportunity to exchange 1-3 skills or services for another through a networking event from 6-9 pm. Plan to offer 1-3 skills and think of what kind you’re looking for, and hopefully you’ll find it. Guests are given tags to wear with the name of the skill they would like to represent. 3 cards with the skill or service will be given to exchange with others during the evening.

Please consider if the skill you would like to offer is specific or general. For instance, if you sew, are you offering to teach the skill or hem or tailor one piece of clothing?

I have been involved in several work exchanges including the shared labor for the installation of Import/Export. Some of the work exchanges included the following. Can you match what service I provided with what I received in return?

• Service • Received

• Babysat • Constructed picket fence for exhibit
• Stained wooden doors • Health insurance
• Cooked • Yoga classes
• Sanded furniture • Cut material for installation
• Read books to children • Use of studio space
• Laundry/Cleaning • Meals

RSVP recommended. Please RSVP to
Light refreshments provided.
Galleries are free and will be open to the public during the event. For more information on the exhibits, visit

Location: Taller Boricua Galleries at The Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center
1680 Lexington Avenue
between 105 & 106 St.
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212.831.4333 

Directions: 6 Train to 103 Street / Free admission / Center is accessible for individuals with disabilities

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Ming Fay, Out of Jungle, Two Decades of Studio Doodads 1990 to 2010, at Gallery 456

Ming Fay
Out of Jungle
Two Decades of Studio Doodads 1990 to 2010
February 12-March 12, 2010

Gallery 456 is pleased to present Ming Fay, Out of Jungle, Two decades of studio Doodads 1990 to 2010. This is Ming Fay’s second solo exhibition with Gallery 456 since 1990.

The title of the show refers to two decades of sculptural development based on the idea of the third culture and its human and natural boundaries reflecting ideas developed living in the big city and thinking about its relationship with nature.

Twenty years of Doodads included a collection with over 200 items from the studio, covering drawings, photos, studies, specimens, models and sculptural installations in the nature of a studio setting. The timing of this period represent a body of works that relate to the late 20th and early 21st century history, with personal events during this period of time.

Friday, February 12, 2010 at 6:00pm
456 Broadway, 3fl, NYC (Howard and Grand St)

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Silk Road Theatre Project The DNA Trail

Silk Road Theatre Project

March 2 – April 4, 2010

The DNA Trail
A Genealogy of Short Plays about Ancestry,
Identity, and Utter Confusion

Conceived by Jamil Khoury | Directed by Steve Scott

Presented in Association with:

Featuring Plays by: Elizabeth Wong, Velina Hasu Houston, Lina Patel, Jamil Khoury, Shishir Kurup, David Henry Hwang, and Phillip Kan Gotanda

Starring: Jennifer Shin, Cora Vander Broek, Melissa Kong, Fawzia Mirza,
Khurram Mozaffar, Anthony Peeples, and Clayton Stamper

Theatre meets science when a diverse group of playwrights each agree to take a genealogical DNA test and revisit their assumptions about identity politics and the perennial “who am I” question. Self, family, community, and ethnicity are all up for grabs.

The DNA Trail is comprised of seven unique, identity-defying short plays:

Featured Playwrights:

Sponsored By:

Development Support
Provided By:

Performance Schedule

Tuesday (March 2 only):
4pm & 8pm
*Sunday, March 7 performance at 3pm

All Performances at:

The Historic Chicago Temple Building
77 W. Washington St., Pierce Hall
(corner of Washington and Clark streets)

$6 LOOP PARKING at Sytem Parking
230 W. Washington St. (Validation requied.

For more info and to purchase tickets visit:

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k. terumi shorb “Making the Invisible Visible” Fri, Feb 19, noon UofC

University of Chicago CSRPC Artist-in-Residence k. terumi shorb “Making teh Invisible Visible”
Friday, Feb 19, 12:00 noon
5710 S. Woodlawn
Chicago, IL
Free lunch

k. terumi shorb makes the invisible visible through theatre. She is trained in Suzuki Actor Training and Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints with the SITI Company. shorb is Artistic Director of the Generic Ensemble Company for which she directed the critically acclaimed Stuck on Gee-Dot. she is a founding member (acting, writing, song writing) of Stamp Lab: A Performance group, with which she shared the Fourth Annual ArtSpark Festival Best Theatre Award and the 2009 FronteraFest “Best of Fest” Award. She has performed in multiple original plays, drag shows, instructional videos and short films. shorb’s writing appears in many anthologies and blogs. Her experimental video, “task/in-progress,” appeared in multiple film festivals and art galleries and is winner of the 2007 AGLIFF “Best Texas My Gay Movie” prize.  She received the Austin Cultural Council Core Grant for her solo performance piece, Una Corda, set to premiere in 2010.

Friday, Feb. 19, 2010
12:00-1:30 pm
5710 S. Woodlawn
Lunch served

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Accented curated by Murtaza Vali at BRIC Rotunda Gallery

To download a PDF flier for the event click here:ACCENTED Press Release

Contact: Johanna Taylor
33 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
718.875.4047 x11,
high resolution images available upon request

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn Presents ACCENTED
at BRIC Rotunda Gallery

Lori Ledis Emerging Curator Fellow Curates Exhibition About
Accents in Contemporary Culture

January 20, 2010, Brooklyn, NY – BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn is
pleased to present ACCENTED, a group exhibition curated by
Murtaza Vali, the winter 2010 recipient of the Lori Ledis
Curatorial Fellowship, a program that fosters emerging curatorial
talent in the field of contemporary art. ACCENTED is on view from
January 20 through March 6, 2010.

ACCENTED brings together recent work that examines the
different ways in which accents operate in our contemporary
moment, featuring artists Kamrooz Aram, Brendan Fernandes,
Miguel Luciano, Yamini Nayar, Angel Nevarez and Valerie

For an immigrant, his or her (native) accent, the aural trace of a
culture left behind, is a source of both pride and shame, of
belonging and exclusion. In Foe (2008), Brendan Fernandes
unpacks the idea that cultural authenticity might reside in one’s
accent; it shows Fernandes struggling to recite a passage from
J.M. Coetzee’s novel of the same name in the accents of his
various cultural backgrounds—India, Kenya and Canada. Angel
Nevarez & Valerie Tevere’s Touching From A Distance (2008)
shows a traditional Mariachi band performing their interpretation of
Joy Division’s Transmission (1979) in the Plaza de la Liberación in Guadalajara, México, revealing
that accents are not limited to language alone, but extend to music as well.

Accents appear in other, more visual cultural realms, notably in the imagination and articulation of
spaces and selves through interior furnishing and fashion. The carefully constructed miniature
interiors captured in Yamini Nayar’s photographs are accented spaces, cobbled together like words
or sentences from various material scraps. Perceptibly off-key, the familiar interior is rendered
uncanny through Nayar’s exacting use of accents—furniture, photographs, objects, wall and floor
patterns—the way language is rendered unfamiliar to native speakers through a foreigner’s accent.
Riffing on the bling culture of urban youth, Miguel Luciano’s platinum coated plantains celebrate this
stereotypical yet iconic symbol of Caribbean culture and a staple of its cuisine, transforming a
shameful residue of otherness into an unabashed celebration of difference, a precious fetish and
proud fashion accessory. But such metamorphoses are always deceptive, the shiny surface masking
the slow rot within.

Finally, Kamrooz Aram’s meticulous drawings—loosely based on 19th-century ethnological
photographs—use color and ornamentation to challenge their problematic sources. The classification
of native types practiced by colonial administrators relied greatly on photography’s early claims to
scientific objectivity. While Aram’s considerable draughtsmanship mimics photography’s realism his
various visual accents playfully unsettle its truth claims.

Despite the grand claims that globalization has expedited a gradual process of cultural homogeneity,
the works in this exhibition suggest that accents endure as unassimilable markers of difference. They
might fade slightly but they rarely disappear completely. They resist, remaining stubbornly present,
forcing us to adapt ourselves to their alterity.

In conjunction with ACCENTED, BRIC will continue Moving Wall | Pictures, a curated film and video
series, on Wednesday, February 17 at 7 pm with a screening of JOHN & JANE (dir. Ashim
Ahluwalia), an experimental documentary portrait of six call center workers in Mumbai, India. The film
will be followed by a dialogue between curator Murtaza Vali and Sukhdev Sandhu, chief film critic for
the London Daily Telegraph, professor of literature at New York University and author of Night
Haunts: A Journey Through the London Night.

Murtaza Vali is a Brooklyn- and Sharjah-based art critic and historian. A contributing editor at
ArtAsiaPacific, he co-edited the 2007 and 2008 editions of its year-end Almanac. His writing has also
appeared in Art India, ArtReview and Bidoun and he has recently written catalog essays on Reena
Saini Kallat and Emily Jacir.

Semi-annually, BRIC dedicates the Project Room at BRIC Rotunda Gallery and full staff support to
the Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellowship, which realizes the vision of an emerging curator selected
through a competitive process. The fellowship program is supported by family, friends, and
professional associates of Lori Ledis, a pioneering Brooklyn art dealer and music producer.

Located in Brooklyn Heights, BRIC Rotunda Gallery is a short walk from the 2,3; 4,5; M; or R trains at
Court Street/Borough Hall; or the A, C trains at High Street.

The gallery is open to the public free of charge from Tuesday through Saturday, 12 – 6 pm.

Events at the gallery are free to the public.

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn is a multi-disciplinary arts and media non-profit dedicated to presenting
contemporary art, performing arts, and community media programs that are reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse
communities, and to providing resources and platforms to support the creative process. All of our offerings
are free or low cost, to enhance the public’s access to and understanding of arts and media. Each year,
upwards of a million people in Brooklyn and citywide are served through our programs.
BRIC’s contemporary art initiatives aim is to increase the visibility and accessibility of contemporary art
while bridging the gap between the art world and global culture in Brooklyn through exhibitions, public
events, and an innovative arts education program at BRIC Rotunda Gallery and around the borough.
BRIC acknowledges public funds for its contemporary art programs from the Institute of Museum and
Library Services; National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts; New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Senators Velmanette Montgomery and Daniel Squadron;
New York State Assembly members Inez Barron, Hakeem Jeffries, Alec Brook-Krasny, and Joan Millman;
and New York City Council members Lewis Fidler, Vincent Gentile, Letitia James, Domenic M. Recchia,
Jr., Diana Reyna, Kendall Stewart, Al Vann, and David Yassky. Additional support provided by The Lily
Auchincloss Foundation; Robert Lehman Foundation; and TD Bank. The 2009–10 exhibition season is
supported in part by Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin, in addition to numerous individuals.

For more info visit
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Huang Weikai “Disorder” film screening March 3, 2010 6pm DePaul University

To download the PDF flier click here:Huang Weikai_poster


Chinese Documentary Filmmaker–Huang Weikai will be in person at DePaul Art Museum! This is a joint film screening event with the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at University of Chicago, and is co-sponsored by Department of Art, Media, and Design/Chinese Studies/Digital Cinema at DePaul University. Assistant Professor Chi Jang Yin will serve as moderator and translator during Q&A.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
DePaul Art Museum
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

With director, Huang Weikai, in person!
DISORDER (58 mins)
“China’s cities are booming and there is only one word to describe the present social situation…. Disorder.”

“Disorder,” Director/ Editor, Huang Weikai
2009 Young Jury Special mention Award of Cinéma du Réel, France
2009 Jury Special mention Award of Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Festival, China
Official selection at the 11th Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, 2009
Official selection at the 52nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany, 2009
14th Pusan International Film Festival, Korea, 2009
49th Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2009
2008 Asian Network of Documentary Fund Project (13th PIFF)

Please distribute the event to interested parties. Hope to see you there! Happy Chinese Tiger Year!

Chi Jang

Chi Jang Yin
Assistant Professor, Area Head of Media Arts
Department of Art, Media, and Design
DePaul University
1150 W Fullerton Ave #324
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325-4285

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Masahiro Sugano “Second Moon” screening Thurs March 4, 2010 6pm DePaul University

Click here to download the PDF flier: SecondMoon_DePaul_March_4_2010

DePaul University Asian American Studies Presents:
Second Moon
Screening and Q&A with Director Masahiro Sugano
Thursday, March 4, 2010
DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus
John T. Richardson Library Rm. 400
2350 N. Kenmore Ave. Chicago, IL 60614

Second Moon is a Neo-Yakuza Romantic Farce [90 min.]
Q is an agent of an underground organization called “Art of Love.” Art of Love generates revenue by helping suburban housewives cheat on their husbands under the guise of free love. One day, Q runs into M, a transient Korean girl. M develops a fever, and Q shelters her for a week. Q senses a peculiar compassion developing for M. Don Jim, the leader of Art of Love, strictly forbids his agents from involvement in monogamous intimate relationships. Q decides to sever his relationship with M. But after M recovers, she starts cooking gourmet dishes. The seductive force of her food cripples Q’s aspiration for freedom and jeopardizes his loyalty to Don Jim. Q has to choose between free love and one love–lightness and heaviness–in his quest for ultimate happiness.

Writer/Director/Editor Masahiro Sugano
Born in 1972, Osaka, Japan. Moved to the U.S. at age 18. B.A. in philosophy from CalState, Northridge. M.F.A. in Film/Video/Animation from University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently runs a production company based in Chicago, Eye from the Sky, Inc. Sundance Film Festival alumnus (1999). His next project titled “Transcendental Joe” is billed as a “Neo-Fundamental Buddhist Journey” across the U.S.

This event is free and open to the public
Co-sponsored by Japanese Studies

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Inside Hana’s Suitecase, Feb 20 (Sat) 5-7:30pm at DePaul University

DePaul University Japanese Studies Program presents a special screening of
Inside Hana’s Suitcase
followed by a Q &A A session with special guest, Ms. Fumiko Ishioka

Saturday, February 20
5:00-7:30 p.m.

Arthur J. Schmitt Academic Center (SAC) #154
2320 N. Kenmore Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
Free Admission, No RSVP required



The delivery of a battered suitcase to Fumiko Ishioka at the Tokyo Holocaust Museum begins the true-life mystery that became the subject of Karen Levine’s best-selling book Hana’s Suitcase. The suitcase came from the Auschwitz Museum and had Hana Brady’s name painted on it. Larry Weinstein’s masterful film follows Fumiko’s search to discover the details of Hana’s life, which leads to the discovery of her brother George in Toronto. As small children they had been sent to Thereisenstadt for being Jewish after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. The voices of children from Japan, Canada, and the Czech Republic telling Hana’s story are woven around the drama, along with George’s memories and Fumiko’s quest, to create a film of astonishing power and hope.

Film Details:

Country of Origin: Canada/Japan/Czech Republic
Original Languages: English /Japanese/Czech
Running Time: 90 minutes
Cast: George Brady, Laura Brady, Fumiko Ishioka
Directors: Larry Weinstein

Web Links:
Book in English:

Book in Japanese:

Comic Book in Japanese:

Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center (Ms. Fumiko Ishioka):

Hana’s Suitcase WEB:

Menemsha Films (US distributor) :

Nobuko Chikamatsu-Chandler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Modern Languages, Japanese Studies Program
DePaul University
802 West Belden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325 1868 (direct)
(773) 325 7320 (dept. office)
(773) 325 7303 (fax) <>

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Alejandro Acierto Feb shows in Chicago and New York

Greetings friends, family, and amazing people!

I just wanted to fill you in on some really exciting performances this month, even if they are a little last minute. I should point out that the Opera Cabal production (an avant-garde opera group I’m on tour with) is quite stellar. So if you get a chance, I highly recommend seeing this. Tickets are going fast, and I’m not just saying that to say it, they really are going fast. Oh, and here’s the Time Out Chicago  <> article on it and Opera Cabal’s website <> .

Hope to see you soon at one of these!

Much love and in peace, alejandro.


with Opera Cabal
Friday, Feb 19
Saturday, Feb 20
8 pm
Curtiss Hall, Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Ave
Get Chicago Tickets Here <>


with Opera Cabal
Monday, Feb 22
8 pm
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street (at the corner of Water St)
Brooklyn, NY (in DUMBO)
Tickets $15 / $10 students, seniors
Get New York Tickets Here <>

with loadbang
Sunday, Feb 28
Roger Smith Hotel <,0,15331912399246142964&ei=k8Z8S6jJJtHS8QbFr4jyBQ&ved=0CBEQnwIwAA&ll=40.75636,-73.973587&spn=0.009053,0.022724&z=16&iwloc=A>
501 Lexington Avenue (between 47th and 48th)
New York, NY

As a part of the iNSIDE Out series, loadbang will present a concert of all new music, composed for the occasion by each member of the ensemble.
Tickets and info <>

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