Monthly Archives: October 2011

“Cultures Of Resistance” — Artists On Arts & Activism Suheir Hammad, Sidd Joag, Iara Lee, Paul D. Miller — Workshop | Film Screening | Panel Discussion

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presents

“Cultures Of Resistance” — Artists On Arts & Activism
Suheir Hammad, Sidd Joag, Iara Lee, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky)
Workshop | Film Screening | Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
RSVP to WORKSHOP and FILM/PANEL: online at www. | | 212.992.9653
FREE and open to the public.

A/P/A Institute asks four artists — Suheir Hammad, Sidd Joag, Iara Lee and Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) — to explore the idea of being “the change they want to see” as set forth by filmmaker Iara Lee in her film “Cultures of Resistance.” The workshop, screening and discussion will provide launching points for artists, scholars and community to come together in discussion on artistsʼ roles in global change and resistance.

WORKSHOP with Artist Sidd Joag, freeDimensional
NYU Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

Artist Sidd Joag of freeDimensional will facilitate a workshop on its new region-specific model for providing distress services to artists and culture workers in areas of conflict. Participants will engage with the concept, purpose, structure and outcomes of Regional Triage Teams – network activators designed to advocate for and access resources on behalf of artists facing political repression as a result of their activist work.

FILM “Cultures of Resistance” dir. Iara Lee
NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 West 12th Street, Auditorium

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Lee encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. From Iran, where graffiti and rap became tools in fighting government repression, to Burma, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on to Brazil, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars, and ending in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, “Cultures of Resistance” explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò,
24 West 12th Street, Auditorium

The film is the launching point for the post-screening panel featuring filmmaker Iara Lee (“Cultures of Resistence”), Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky on the Vanuatu Pacifica Project and Tanna Center for the Arts), poet Suheir Hammad, and artist Sidd Joag. The panel will explore the role of the artist in a global society, including that of the diasporic artist. The panel will be moderated by NYU Tisch School of the Artsʼ Art & Public Policy Program chair Randy Martin.

Co-sponsored by: The Institute for Public Knowledge; Tisch School of the Arts’ Art & Public Policy Program; NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions; NYU Students for Justice in Palestine; and the NYU Center for Media, Culture and History


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KYOPO National Book Launch at 92Y/Tribeca, NYC Tonight! 7pm

KYOPO National Book Launch at 92Y/Tribeca, NYC Tonight! 7pm
Co-Sponsored by A/P/A Institute at NYU

Latest News: Free Novel – KYOPO Panelist – Marvel Comic Writer and director, Greg Pak will be giving away free copies of his latest graphic novel, Vision Machine, first come first serve.

Moderated by NY1 News Anchor, Vivian Lee.

Alexandra Chang, Director of Public Programs, APA NYU
Esther Paik Goodhart, Comic, Hebrew teacher, TV Producer
Greg Pak, Marvel Comic Book Writer
Jussara Lee, Fashion Designer, raised in Brazil
Kevin Kim, Politician, TV show co-host, Entrepreneur
Suk Park – Co-founder of <> , raised in the Canary Islands

Bios of panelists are found on the below link if you click their names in the event. <>

Book Signing with CYJO and Panelists in same venue after Symposium.

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Note: Ticket Price will go back into supporting 92Y/Tribeca for venue usage as they are a non profit company that supports arts & culture.

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Lee Mingwei’s The Travelers — Museum of Chinese in America, NYC

Lee Mingwei’s The Travelers

Project launches: September 22, 2010
Exhibition opens: October 20, 2011 – March 26, 2012


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On the day of the Chinese Moon Festival, September 22, 2010, MOCA launched Lee Mingwei’s artist project, The Travelers. Lee custom-made 100 blank notebooks for the project. Released into the world from MOCA, the books will travel around the world for one year. The books are passed from person to person like a chain letter, with each participant adding a personal story about “leaving home” at some point in their lives. Did they have a call to adventure? Did they leave willingly? Did they overcome setbacks? Did they ever return home? Each book becomes a “Traveler” in the project, who leaves the MOCA “home village” to embark on a long journey.
The project was commissioned by MOCA to launch on the first anniversary of its new home at 215 Centre Street, designed by Maya Lin. Inspired by the museum’s mission to document the epic journey of Chinese to America, and the ongoing journeys we make as Americans, the project was envisioned to actively engage the public in the spirit of MOCA’s approach over the past 30 years as a “dialogic museum”.
Participants are asked to send the books back to MOCA by the next Moon Festival, on September 12, 2011. The books that make it back to the museum, each transformed by their individual journeys, will be displayed in an evocative installation by Lee Mingwei, with all the accumulated stories accessible for visitors to read. How many Travelers return home? What kinds of stories will they be filled with on their return?
A companion website to the project ( tracks all the books as they travel around the world. Project participants are asked to upload the current geographical location of the books, and 5 images that illustrate the story they’ve written in the book.

About the Artist

Born in Taiwan and currently living in New York City, Lee Mingwei creates both participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness on their own, and one-on-one events, where visitors explore these issues with the artist himself through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation. Lee’s projects are often open-ended scenarios for everyday interaction, and take on different forms depending on the participants. Time is central to this process, as Lee’s installations often change during the course of an exhibition.
Mr Lee received an MFA from Yale University in 1997, has had solo exhibitions internationally including Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Fabric Workshop and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has been featured in biennials in Venice, Lyon, Liverpool (2006, 2010), Taipei, Echigo-Tsumari, the Whitney Biennial, and at the Asia Pacific Triennial. He is represented by Lombard Freid Project, New York. For more information on the artist, please visit:


The Travelers is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The project is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties. It is also supported by the generosity of museum members.

Project courtesy of the artist and Lombard Freid Projects, NY


Museum of Chinese in America:

215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

(b/w Howard & Grand Sts; one block north of Canal St)

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Artist Talk: The Travelers with Lee Mingwei and Eugenie Tsai at the Museum of Chinese in America, NYC

Artist Talk: The Travelers with Lee Mingwei and Eugenie Tsai

Thu, Oct 27 from 6:30pm – 8pm

The Travelers & the Quartet Project is a solo exhibition of works by Taiwan-born American artist Lee Mingwei, inspired by the artist’s own itinerant early life and the stories of Chinese immigration to America. Both projects address the essential question of “where is home?” and contribute to the dialog on the legacy of Chinese in America from an artistic point of view.
Join MOCA for a conversation with Lee Mingwei and Eugenie Tsai, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum.


Click here for more information on The Travelers & the Quartet Project.


Admission: Free and open to the public, courtesy of TARGET. RSVP required to


Museum of Chinese in America:

215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

(b/w Howard & Grand Sts; one block north of Canal St)

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POST-9/11 BROWN HIP HOP SHOW Featuring MC Chee Malabar and DJ Ali

Featuring MC Chee Malabar and DJ Ali
Friday, October 14
8 -10 PM
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Wallis Theater (TIC)
Check out the event Facebook page for more info!



Made possibly by: Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences – Asian American Studies – Initiative on Comparative Race and Diaspora – American Studies – African American Studies – Performance Studies – Colloquium for Ethnicity and Diaspora – Asian Pacific American Coalition – Asian/Asian American Student Affairs – Multicultural Student Affairs – Asian and Middle East Studies Program – Simeon Leland Fund

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Illuminations: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2011

Illuminations: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2011 
Exhibition: October 7 – November 5, 2011 
October 7th: Opening Reception $6-10  sliding scale
Nov. 5: Closing reception 
$6-10  sliding scale
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103
Participating AAWAA members are Cynthia Tom, Shizue Seigel and Kathy Fujii-Oka

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