Monthly Archives: September 2012

CARE Package Opens in Philadelphia on 10/5/12

Twelve Gates Arts Presents:

CARE Package c/o Philadelphia, PA

Curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff in collaboration with the artists
October 5 – October 26, 2012
Opening Reception with the artists: Friday October 5, 6pm-8pm

51 North Second St., Old City
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Twelve Gates Arts is thrilled to host the inaugural showing of CARE Package a small-scale international traveling show of five female artists of Asian descent. Taking inspiration from the concept of care package sent to each host country, artists Shelly Bahl, Shelly Jyoti, Laura Kina, Saira Wasim, and Anida Yoeu Ali created multi-media “gifts” to be shared with local audiences. Philadelphia is the city where packages destined for Europe after WWII were assembled for shipment by the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE, Inc.); now it is set to be the first city to receive this unique gift. The universal concept of a gift here acts as a stage for the artists’ stories, which promise to tackle issues of nationhood, race, gender, religion, & economic exploitation.

Shelly Bahl is a visual and media artist born in Benares, India, and currently based in New York City. Her interdisciplinary work in drawing, painting, sculpture/ installation, photography and video, has appeared in a number of solo and group exhibitions in North America and internationally over the past 16 years. Her recent projects include group exhibitions at: Queens Museum of Art, White Box, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, India Art Summit, Aicon Gallery, and Religare Arts Initiative.

Shelly Jyoti is a New Delhi based visual artist, fashion-designer, a poet and an independent curator whose research centers on designs of  20th century textiles, costumes and historical iconographic elements within the cultural context of Indian history.  Her textile art series ‘Indigo Narratives ‘ (2009-12) and ‘Beyond Mithila’ (2008-12) have shown internationally and have been reviewed by leading national newspapers and Art magazines. Her essays and art publications are included in Sahitya Akademi of Indian English literature and Art magazines. She has lectured and held workshop series on 6 &7th Century Indian art-forms in academic institutions and international universities.

Laura Kina is Associate Professor of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Her paintings and textile works address Asian American history and mixed race representations.  Her artwork has shown internationally and been published in Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing (Temple University Press, 2011); Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (Inanna Publications, 2010); and Embracing Ambiguity: Faces of the Future (Cal State Fullerton, 2010); The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation (Spertus Museum, 2007).

Saira Wasim has carved a niche for herself with her innovative and meticulously crafted Persian miniatures, which she employs to make devastating political and social commentary. Ms. Wasim’s work has been widely feted, and has been exhibited at numerous prominent art institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Asia Society in New York, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. She has recently noted that persecution as an Ahmadiyya Muslim was key in shaping her artistic perspectives.  New York Times describes her work as “exquisite political cartoons that conjure and sometimes borrow directly from Norman Rockwell”.

Anida Yoeu Ali is a performance artist, writer, and global agitator. She is a first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. In 2011, Ali returned to work in Phnom Penh as part of her U.S. Fulbright Fellowship research on creation mythologies. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to art making, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. From the Faroe Islands to the Bronx, Copenhagen to Ho Chi Minh City, she lectures, exhibits and performs internationally. Ali is a collaborative partner with Studio Revolt, an independent media lab operating out of Phnom Penh where she currently resides.

Ombretta Agrò Andruff is a New York-based freelance curator, art critic and consultant. She has curated solo and group shows in Europe, the US, and India, collaborating with museums, art festivals, and art fairs – such as Queens Museum of Art, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Armory Show, The Art Basel Miami Fair, The Downtown Arts Festival, The d.u.m.b.o. art under the Bridge Festival. She is a New York contributor for Italian art magazines Arte Critica, Tema Celeste, and Label and collaborates as well with the New York-based, The Art Tribune and New York Arts Magazine. She has recently joined the staff of Asian Contemporary Art Week as Associate Director.

Twelve Gates Arts (12G) is a non profit (501(c)(3) pending) organization created with the aim to showcase international arts bound by the sensibilities of a diaspora identity, including the South Asian identity, to create and promote projects crossing cultural and geographical boundaries, and to educate the community about diaspora culture.

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2012-13 A/P/A Artist-in-Residence Welcome Featuring Roger Shimomura with Michael Ray Charles

2012-13 A/P/A Artist-in-Residence Welcome
Featuring Roger Shimomura with Michael Ray Charles
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NYU Casa Italiana
24 West 12th Street

Join us in welcoming 2012-13 Artist-in-Residence Roger Shimomura to the Asian/ Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Acclaimed for his poignant, bright-colored prints and paintings, award-winning artist Shimomura challenges constructions of the racialized “other” and calls attention to the power of material and pop culture to normalize whiteness. He is joined by renowned painter Michael Ray Charles, whose work incorporates and interrogates racist mass media images of African Americans. The artists will address the power of art to expose stereotypes and create new visual vocabularies.

Artist Jana Haimsohn will provide a performative introduction and NYU Professor Arlene Davila will moderate the conversation.

Please RSVP by Monday, September 17, 2012 online <> , via email ( <> ), or phone (212.992.9653 <tel:%28212.992.9653> ).

Co-sponsored by the Institute for African American Affairs at NYU, NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, Japanese American Association of New York, and Asian American Arts Alliance.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Erasing Borders: Tenth Annual IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2013

Erasing Borders: Tenth Annual 

IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2013

Deadline: October 10, 2012The Indo American Arts Council is delighted to announce its Call for Submissions for the Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2013Curated by Vijay Kumar, Erasing Borders explores the contributions of artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian Subcontinent. The exhibition travels to several key galleries and museums in North America from February – December each year. Please visit www.iaac.usCRITERIA:

  • Artwork submitted must have been completed within the last two years
  • All visual art genres will be considered
  • Works in progress will be considered with attached explanations
  • Artists living in North America who have their origins in the Indian Subcontinent
  • All submissions must be received by the deadline of October 10, 2012
  • Works not yet exhibited are highly recommended
  • Collaborative works will also be considered


(artwork will not be considered if we have not received all the requested materials below)

  • All information must be on a CD, labeled with artist’s Name, E-mail and Phone Number
  • The CD must include high resolution images (at least 1500 x 2100 pixels 300dpi) of the artwork (the images should not be over 2 MB)
  • All images must include: Title, Size, Medium, Price, year completed.
  • The CD to also include a document containing artist’s Full Name, E-mail, Web Address, Mailing Address and Phone Number
  • Artist’s Photograph (at least 1200 x 1200 pixels, 300 dpi)
  • Artists Statement
  • Biodata
  • Submission fee :$20
  • All information should be in the word file format and not pdf.

Submission deadline: October 10, 2012

Participating artists for 2013 will be announced December 2012

Please send all submissions to:

Erasing Borders 2013

Indo-American Arts Council Inc

517 East 87th Street, Suite 1B

New York, NY 10128


* Application Fee $20
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The Indo-American Arts Council is a 501 ©3 not-for-profit secular arts organization passionately dedicated to promoting, showcasing and building an awareness of artists of Indian origin in the performing arts, visual arts, literary arts and folk arts. For information please visit www.iaac.usIndo-American Arts Council Inc. 517 East 87th St, Suite 1B, New York, NY 10128. Phone: 212 594 3685Email: Web:


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Tomato Grey: No Trans-national – Liquid borders and Empty Promises at ISE Cultural Foundation



No Trans-national 

– Liquid borders and Empty Promises


Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 6 – 8 PM

Panel Discussion: Saturday, September 8, 3 – 6 PM
Exhibition: September 7 – October 26, 2012

Curated by Eleanor Heartney

Artists: Pak Sheung Chuen, Teresa Kwong, Bing Lee, Annysa Ng, Samsom Young, and Kaho Albert Yu

Panelists: Alexandra Chang, Director of Public Programs & Research Manager of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU; Jane DeBevoise, Chair of Asia Art Archive (New York and Hong Kong); Evans Chan, Hong Kong film director, and artists.


555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012    t.212.925.1649 <

ISE Cultural Foundation, in collaboration with curator Eleanor Heartney, artist collective Tomato Grey and ifva (the flagship project of the Hong Kong Arts Centre), will present an exhibition of Hong Kong art in New York.

Long a city of trade and finance, Hong Kong is now discovering a new role as “Asia’s art capital” (BBC News, March 2012). The city became the world’s third largest art auction market after New York and London in 2007, and since 2008 has been home to one of the most successful contemporary art fair in Asia. But Hong Kong has not always been taken as seriously as an arts destination: until recently, there had been little critical and artistic interest in the work of Hong Kong artists. No Trans-national – Liquid borders and Empty Promises will be the second ever exhibition to take place in New York City that is devoted entirely to the art of this emerging Asian art capital.

This ambitious exhibition takes as its curatorial point of departure Hong Kong’s ambiguous cultural relationship with Mainland China. Some 15 years after reunification, the majority of people in Hong Kong still consider themselves “Hong Kong-ers” instead of “Chinese” according to a recent poll conducted by the University of Hong Kong. Artists featured in this exhibition collectively reimagine the permutable threshold line that separates these two regions; through acts of creativity, the artists of No Trans-nationalism seek to re-assess, reconstruct and deconstruct the Hong Kong-China border, to reveal its limits and unveil its hidden political agenda.

A wide range of media will be covered in this exhibition, from new media installation, mural and photography, to video and conceptual art. Artists will include Bing Lee, Annysa Ng, Samson Young, Pak Sheung Chuen and Kaho Yu. In addition, a video program entitled “Hong Kong, our home town,” curated by the Teresa Kwong of the prestigious ifva (Incubator for Film and Visual media in Asia, formally as Hong Kong Independent short Film and Video Awards) will be hosted in conjunction to the exhibition.

No Trans-national – Liquid borders and Empty Promises opens on September 7 at 6 pm at ISE Cultural Foundation, 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012. A panel discussion co-hosted with Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, moderated by Eleanor Heartney will take place on September 8, Saturday from 3-6 pm at ISE Cultural Foundation.

No Trans-national – Liquid borders and Empty Promises is sponsored by Hong Kong Art Development Council, and is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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Jiha Moon Exhibition – James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center

Jiha Moon: Stars Down to Earth

Wed, Sept 5th, 5:30pm: Artist Talk & Exhibition Reception

Join artist Jiha Moon for a walk-through of her current exhibition at the James Gallery, followed by a reception. In large- and small-scale paintings, drawings, and prints, Moon shares bits of culturally specific popular imagery amidst fields of exuberant abstraction. Often executed with unconventional materials including collages of embroidery, silk, and mylar, or traditional handmade Mulberry paper, her investigation of line is fluid and complex.

Cultural and Racial Legibility in Contemporary Abstraction

Thu, Sept 20th, 6:30pm: Panel

How are artists today addressing visual constructions of culture and race in ways that re-work the boundaries of abstraction, text, and figuration? What role in particular does the integration of abstraction with images from popular culture play in this process, and how does recognition, or on the other hand, misunderstanding of cultural icons operate in the current flow of information across the globe? Join the curator of the James Gallery, Katherine Carl, and a group of internationally distinguished artists, Lisa Corinne Davis, Hunter College, Jiha Moon and Odili Donald Odita, Tyler School of Art, as they consider these intriguing questions in relation to their own work and to that of others.

Free and open to the public. All events take place at The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave btwn 34th & 35th. The building and the venues are fully accessible. For more information please visit or call 212.817.2005 or e-mail


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