Monthly Archives: October 2012

Curated by Kathryn Myers, Radiate: Art of the South Asian Diaspora is on view November 2–December 15, 2012 at the University of Illinois Chicago Gallery 400. The eleven artists featured in Radiate articulate a variety of different questions centering on their identities and experiences within the South Asian Diaspora. The diversity of meaning, metaphor, and material in their work defies attempts at locating any fixed geographic or cultural “essence” of identity among these artists. Rather, multiple and mutable senses of self and history are expressed through concepts and forms that weave an abundant labyrinth of associations.

We invite you to attend the opening reception of Radiate: Art of the South Asian Diaspora on the evening November 2, 5-8pm, as well as the related programming scheduled throughout the duration of the exhibition. Admission to the Gallery and related programs is free, and they also offer group tours.

– Panel discussion: Shelly Bahl, Siona Benjamin, Pradosh Mishra, and Kathryn Myers
Thursday, November 1, 6pm

– Video presentation: Regarding India, Conversations With Contemporary Artists
Friday, November 2, 12pm

– Film and Video Screening: Translations, curated by Mathew Paul Jinks and Megha Ralapati
Wednesday, November 28, 7pm

Full details can be found on our website at gallery400.uic.edu.

For more information on the exhibition, visiting the gallery, or a possible tour, please call 312-996-6114 or e-mail gallery400@uic.edu.

Gallery 400
UIC College of Architecture & he Arts
400 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 0607

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Symposium: After Midnight: Indian Modern and Contemporary Visual Art, 1947/1997

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU:

After Midnight: Indian Modern and Contemporary Visual Art, 1947/1997

Presented in collaboration with the Queens Museum of Art
Organized by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala

Friday, October 26-Saturday, October 27, 2012
11AM-6PM

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
8 Washington Mews

The symposium is the precursor to an exhibition on modern and contemporary Indian art curated by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala and scheduled to open at the Queens Museum of Art in 2014-2015. The symposium aims to provide a forum to contemplate and compare two critical moments of Indian history. First, the period immediately following Indian independence in 1947, which saw the rise of the Progressive Artists Group, self-declared ‘moderns’ of Indian art. Second, the 1990s when works of Indian artists started to achieved visibility internationally.

The symposium will examine these two moments in a jump-cut: modern/progressive and global/contemporary. It will also draw from the interim space the sustained questions about modernity and globalization viewed from multiple perspectives, as opposed to western narratives, in the regions of Africa, East Asia, and Latin America.

Participants include: Rakhee Balaram (Washington University, St. Louis), Rina Banerjee (artist), Rebecca Brown (John Hopkins University), Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia University), Luis Camnitzer (SUNY Old Westbury, artist), Doryun Chong (MoMA), Iftikhar Dadi (Cornell University), Parul Dave-Mukherji (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Salah Hassan (Cornell University), Geeta Kapur (art historian/curator), Arshiya Lokhandwala (Lakeerein Gallery), Saloni Mathur (UCLA), Naeem Mohaiemen (artist, activist), Ajay Sinha (Mount Holyoke College), Shuddhabrata Sengupta (Raqs Media Collective), and Vidya Shivadas (Vadehra Art Gallery).

After Midnight is free and open to public. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to exhibitions@queensmuseum.org.

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“Today: The Chinese Diaspora” panel — Thursday, October 4th at 6:30 pm at Fred Torres, NYC

We are pleased to invite you to a Panel Discussion on Asian-American Art Today: The Chinese Diaspora

Led by Art Critic, Jonathan Goodman

Please join us on Thursday, October 4th at  6:30 pm

Free and open to the public. Students welcome. For any group tours please contact us at director@fredtorres.com

Ji Dachun, Mattoid, 2012, Acrylic on Canvas, 50 x 60 inches

Fred Torres Collaborations
527 West 29th Street
Between 10th and 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Panelists will include:

Shen Chen who began his art education in high school and continued his training at Shanghai Art College. In 1988, he came to the United States on a fellowship as artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He continued his studies at Boston University on an MFA scholarship the following year. Shen’s work blends multiple cultural elements as he layers concepts of time and space with Zen philosophy, meditation, and repetition.

Ming Fay is a Shanghai-born and New York based sculptor and professor. His work focuses on the concept of the garden as a symbol of utopia and the relationship between culture and nature. Drawing upon an extensive knowledge of plants both Eastern and Western, real and mythical, Fay creates his own calligraphic floating forest of reeds, branches and surreal species.  Ming Fay received his BFA in sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from University of California, Santa Barbara. He lives and maintains his studio in New York City.

Cui Fei was born in Jinan, China. Cui attended the Affiliate High School of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Fine Arts) where later she received her BFA degree in painting. Cui taught for three years as an assistant professor at the Shandong Academy of Fine Arts. She moved to the United States in 1996 earning her MFA degree in painting at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Cui has been cited in various publications, including Art in America, The New York Times, and The New Yorker Magazine. She has received The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the NYFA Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts, the BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts and was selected into the Artists-in-the-Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Mary Ting is a visual artist working in installation, drawing, sculpture, video, and photography. Recent solo exhibitions in the NYC area include Lambent Foundation, Dean Project, metaphor contemporary art, and Kentler International Drawing Space.  Ting is a two-time recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council MCAF grantee, Gottlieb Foundation individual grant, Lambent Fellowship, and residencies at MacDowell Colony, Lower Eastside Printshop Special Editions, Dieu Donne Papermill Workspace, among others.  Ting currently teaches studio art at John Jay College and Transart Institute, New York/Berlin.

Aileen June Wang  received her Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University in New Jersey, with a specialization in Renaissance art. Her research interests have evolved towards contemporary Chinese art, which originated during her stint as client advisor at Christie’s, New York. Current research projects revolve around Chinese and Chinese American contemporary artists whose works grapple with nostalgia and the use of the past in defining what being Chinese means. She completed a National Endowment for the Humanities summer fellowship on Asian American art this July, at New York University, and holds an appointment as assistant professor in art history and museum studies at Long Island University Post.

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