Press Release 2006

Press Coverage :

5/1 Art Newspaper What's On: U.S.: Projected Realities: Video Art in East Asia
5/1 Museums New York Up Front: Asian Contemporary Art Week
5/17 Flavorpill Asian Contemporary Art Week 2006
5/17 Korea Daily ACAW
5/18 Manhattan User's Guide Asia Society
5/19 ArtNet Magazine Artnet News: Asian Art Week in New York
5/19 Downtown Express Take a Walk on the WTC Side--Reed & Vega to Play #7
5/23 News & Features: Asian Contemporary Art Week in NYC Showcases Video Art
5/23 "Fast Futures"-Asian Video Art
5/24 World Journal Projected Realities
5/30 NY1 News Asian Video Art Now On Display At Dozens Of Local Museums And Galleries
6/1 Art Asia Pacific Whispering Gallery

Selected online articles on Asian Contemporary Art Week :

Art Info
May 31, 2006

NEW YORK, May 23, 2006—Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) kicked off here yesterday with the opening of a new exhibition at the Asia Society featuring work by emerging Asian video artists.

In its fourth year, ACAW is a city-wide event that celebrates the diversity of contemporary Asian art through exhibitions, lectures, performances and public programs. More than two dozen museums and galleries will participate in this year's series, which presents a special focus on contemporary Asian video art.

Organizers expect unprecedented levels of participation this year, reflecting a growing interest in video and new media artists.

"There is an excitement surrounding emerging Asian video artists, many of whose work is less culturally prescribed and more globally accessible," said Melissa Chiu of the Asia Society, which yesterday unveiled the exhibition “Projected Realities: Video Art from East Asia.”

This year's ACAW program will showcase works by internationally recognized artists such as Yang Fudong, Lida Abdul, Shilpa Gupta, Vivan Sundaram and Hiraki Sawa, as well as emerging artists from Japan, Turkey, India, Thailand, Afghanistan, Taiwan, China and Korea.

Events will take place throughout the city, with certain days devoted to certain neighborhoods: May 23 is focused on Midtown and Uptown; Tribeca, Soho and the Brooklyn Museum on May 24; Chelsea on May 25. On May 26, it’s the turn of the Rubin Museum as well as live sound works at the Diapason Gallery near Bryant Park; and Saturday, May 27 it’s the outer broughs, with events at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Queens Museum of Art.

A complete schedule is available at

"Eighteen Copper Guardians in Shao-Lin Temple and Penetration: The Perceptive," 2001 (DVD)
Kuang-Yu Tsui

"Flowering Plants of the Four Seasons: Spring and Autumn," 2004– (Animation, color, sound)
Mami Kosemura

"I Parking," 2001–2002 (Digital video)
Junebum Park

"Kara Oke," 2002 (Video)
Wang GongXin


Indepth Arts News:

"Jiang Hu: Contemporary Chinese Art"
2006-05-24 until 2006-06-30
Tilton Gallery
New York, NY, USA United States of America

Jiang Hu, a broad survey exhibition representing the best in contemporary Chinese art, will be on view at the Tilton Gallery from May 23 - June 30. The exhibition features painting, sculpture, video and photography by some of China’s most important artists working today, including Zeng Fanzhi, Wang Guangyi, and Feng Zhengjie. Organized by Huang Zhuan, an internationally recognized curator and professor of art theory at the Ganzhou Academy, the exhibition features works by 34 Chinese artists, both established and emerging.

The show’s title, Jiang Hu, can be literally translated as “rivers and lakes,” but its metaphoric meanings are rich and varied. It can denote a “wild or unsettled region,” or an idyllic fictional realm inhabited by itinerant outsiders, including scholars, monks, fortune-tellers and artists, who were said to possess magical powers. . In more recent times, Jiang Hu refers to the underworld society whose members possess the gravity defying powers of flight and super-human martial arts skills as popularized in the recent film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The multi-layered meaning of the title speaks to the fluid, dynamic boundaries of the project itself: the new exhibition is inaugurating a larger, ongoing five-year project that will include traveling exhibitions and continuing dialogue with the selected artists. Jiang Hu opens during the Asia Society’s Contemporary Chinese Art Week.

“While contemporary Chinese art is only now receiving the interest and attention that it merits, the Tilton Gallery has been showcasing works from China for nearly a decade,” said Janine Cirincione, director of the Tilton Gallery. “This is the perfect opportunity for New Yorkers to see for themselves why Chinese art has set the contemporary art world ablaze.” Cirincione noted that Sotheby’s first-ever contemporary Chinese art auction held in New York recently set record-breaking prices.

Corresponding exhibits, drawing from the same group of artists, were held at Roberts & Tilton in Los Angeles from April 29 - May 20, 2006 and will be at the Kustera Tilton Gallery in Chelsea from May 25 - July 14, 2006.

Participating artists include: Cui Xiuwen, Feng Zhengjie, Gu Dexin, Guan Wei, Gu Wenda, He Sen, Lin Yilin, Liu Wei, Lu Hao, Ma Liuming, Ni Haifeng, Shi Tou, Sui Jianguo, Peng Yu, Sun Yuan, Unmask Group, Wang Bo, Wang Guangyi, Wang Jianwei, Wang Luyan, Wang Yin, Wang Youshen, Wu Shanzhuan, Xiang Jing, Xu Tan, Yang Shaobin, Yue Minjun, Zeng Fanzhi, Zeng Hao, Zeng Li, Zhang Xiaogang, Zhang Xiaotao, Zhao Gang, and Zhu Jia.

In another example of its commitment to Chinese art, the Tilton Gallery is establishing an artist-in-residency program in Tongxian, just outside of Beijing, due to open this summer, 2006. After purchasing several acres of land in the Chinese arts district ten years ago, gallery owner Jack Tilton commissioned the construction of two new buildings. Leading Chinese sculptor and architect Ai Wei Wei designed one of the structures, and the Boston-based architectural firm Office dA created the second. Both buildings will provide housing, studio, and exhibition space for the residency program, which offers a unique opportunity to international artists to live and work in China. A third building, a raised courtyard designed by artist Zhao Gang is currently under construction.



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Asian Contemporary Art Week 2006

when: Mon 5.22 - Sat 5.27
where: Various locations (212.327.9251)
price: FREE
details: Event Info

Raising the visibility of contemporary Asian artists, ACAW presents a week of lectures, openings, and dance performances across the city. Fast Futures, a group show of rising Asian video artists, exhibits new work in various participating galleries and museums. Four contemporary Afghan artists exhibit works on Wednesday, and Thursday offers three exceptional openings, covering Shahzia Sikander's uncanny digital animations, a Tejal Shah video installation, and fantastic multimedia collages by Hiraki Sawa. On Friday, the Rubin Museum hosts DJs Rekha and Busquelo, and presents discussions with various artists. ACAW wraps up in Queens, at the Contemporary South Asian Music and Dance Festival, with performances exploring contemporary issues through the classical Indian form.


Note: ACAW kicks off tonight (6:30pm, $15) with a panel discussion at the Asia Society Museum featuring its director Melissa Chiu, MoMA film and media curator Barbara London, and artists Johann Pijnappel and Vivan Sundaram.


Asian Video Art Now On Display At Dozens Of Local Museums And Galleries
May 29, 2006

More than two dozen museums and galleries around town have been focusing on Asian video art, including the Japan Society. In the following report, NY1's Stephanie Simon looks at this hot new trend.

You'd practically have to be in a cocoon to not know that Asian art is really on fire right now. And at the Japan Society in Midtown, you can see the work of several video artists, including Bea Camacho, who crocheted herself into a cocoon.

“So I crocheted continuously over the course of those 11 hours, without breaks for food or water, and the piece runs from the beginning and documents the entire performance,” says the artist. “So I started from scratch and then covered myself completely with crochet by the of the performance.”

“The Cocoon” is one of three works on view at Japan Society. The opening of the exhibit helped kick off Asian Contemporary Art Week. This year's theme is "Fast Futures: Asian Video Art."

But many of the exhibitions will be on view much longer than a week, so there is still time to explore Asian video art at numerous venues around town.

One of the curators of the citywide event is Melissa Chiu of the Asia Society, where you can also find a new exhibit of video artists.

“I think that there is a lot of interest in Asian art in general right now, and especially a younger crop of artists,” she says. “And as chance would have it, a number of these artists work in video art as medium.”

And they come from a wide range of places.

“Afghanistan, to Turkey, to the more conventional places in East Asia where you might expect video art to come from, like Taiwan, Korea, China and Japan,” says Chiu.

At the Japan Society, Hiraki Sawa's black and white digital video "Trail" is a miniature magical journey.

Artist Koki Tanaka finds beauty in extreme repetition, and he does it over and over and over and over again.

“I show you six pieces, and every piece is connected to the loop,” he says. “And there is no ending and no beginning, because this is my philosophy.”

It's no roll of the die - around town, the choices of Asian video art seem almost endless.

- Stephanie Simon

Artnet News

May 19, 2006

The website for Asian Contemporary Art Week, set for May 22-27, 2006, trumpets the endeavor’s humble beginnings, when it was "the domain of a small group of curators and collectors" -- but clearly, given today’s craze for all things Asian in the art world, times have changed. 28 venues are participating this year, including many powerful new additions such as the American Folk Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, James Cohan Gallery, Max Protetch Gallery, the Rubin Museum of Art, Tilton Gallery, Thomas Erben Gallery and Sikkema Jenkins and Co., alongside longtime members of the ACAW’s organizing consortium, which includes nonprofit venues like the Asia Society and the Japan Society, along with galleries like Ethan Cohen Fine Arts and Bose Pacia Gallery, pioneers in the Asian art market.

The core of the week is "Fast Futures: Asian Video Now," an ambitious program of video art from Afghanistan, China, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Turkey and Taiwan, selected by a jury composed of Melissa Chiu of the Asia Society, independent curator Yu Yeon Kim and Museum of Modern Art associate curator of film and video Barbara London. Artists to watch for include Yang Fudong, Lida Abdul, Shilpa Gupta, Vivan Sundaram and Kiraki Sawa. Also be sure to check out "Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art: Take 4," a panel moderated by Chiu to mark the kick-off of the week, May 22 at 6:30 pm at the Asia Society. The discussion is followed by the opening reception for "Projected Realities," the institution’s show of new media works from East Asia.

Japan Society Gallery, New York
„Fast Futures” – Asian Video Art
May 2006

Joining several museums, galleries, and contemporary art spaces in this city-wide exhibition of single channel video works by leading and emerging Asian artists, Japan Society exhibits works produced by Bea Camacho, Hiraki Sawa, and Koki Tanaka.

These three artists were selected by Eleni Cocordas, Interim Director of Gallery Affairs, and Yoko Shioya, Director of Performing Arts and Film Program Operations from among 38 participants in the ACAW Video Program, juried by Melissa Chiu, Asia Society Museum Director, Yu Yeon Kim, independent curator, and Barbara London, Associate Curator of Film and Media at MoMA.

The three artists featured in Japan Society's exhibition capture the rapturous and sometimes peculiar beauty of intricate repetition, introspection and routine. In Enclose, Bea Camacho (The Philippines) documents the 11 hours it took to literally crochet herself into a cocoon of bright red yarn. Hiraki Sawa (Japan), who recently exhibited his work at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, exposes surprise elements within a seemingly barren household terrain in his video, Trail. Koki Tanaka (Japan) offers seven short, often-lively works that encapsulate the immensity of infinity.

Bea Camacho's Enclose (2004), single channel video, 11hrs; video still courtesy of the artist

Bea Camacho graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College. She works with sculpture, performance and installation in order to explore issues concerning distance and disconnection in relation to absence and intimacy. In an interview with, she stated that, "When I started working on [Enclose], I was interested in hiding spaces and creating my own environment... I wanted to refer to ideas of fear and protection by slowly producing a safe space for myself... I was improvising the form and constantly trying to figure out which parts needed to join up in order to have it close around me with the least amount of excess."

Born in 1977 in Ishikawa, Japan, Hiraki Sawa lives and works in London, exhibiting his works worldwide in countries including the United Kingdom, Japan, United States, Mexico, France, and Germany. "Artificial landscapes, unexpected worlds, domestic and imaginary spaces interwoven, presences both felt and remembered—my present preoccupation is with those things that can be seen in the corners, on the edges, in between and beyond," Sawa says. "In Trail, the shadows in hidden corners and spaces of my flat slowly reveal other migrating shadows, traces of birds circling overhead in slow motion, a Ferris wheel endlessly turning, camels and elephants passing at a rhythm entirely their own—a waltz disappearing."

Born in Tochigi, Japan in 1975, Koki Tanaka received his B.F.A degree from Tokyo Zokei University in 2000. Often defined by rhythmic looping of short sequences, he is a mixed-media artist who uses video and found objects to create iconic reflections of everyday life. Along with a residency at Location One, recent exhibitions include: Contemporary Art Center in Mito, Japan; Institut fur Gegenwartskunst an der Akademie des Bildenden Kunste, Vienna, Austria; MIT List Visual Art Center, Massachusetts; and other locations worldwide. When discussing the work, Tanaka notes, "When we come across something immense, we feel there is no beginning or end. There is history in this world—history being the art of classifying the past from the present—but of course no one can witness it from its very beginning to its ending. History is always ‘now-here’ (unless, of course, time travel becomes possible!) With the emergence of digital technology, however, infinity has become an everyday affair."

Contact: Elaine Merguerian or Jennifer Suh
Asia Society

MAY 22 THROUGH 27, 2006

An unprecedented group of leading New York City galleries and museums are joining forces to present Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), with a special focus on Asian video art. In its fourth year, ACAW is a citywide celebration that celebrates the richness and diversity of contemporary Asian art through exhibitions, lectures, performances and public programs. A full schedule is available at

A highlight of ACAW 2006 is Fast Futures: Asian Video Art, an exhibition of 25 works selected by Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu, independent curator Yu Yeon Kim and Museum of Modern Art Curator Barbara London. Comprised of single channel video works by leading and emerging Asian artists, Fast Futures will be presented in participating galleries throughout Asian Contemporary Art Week.

ACAW will showcase works by internationally recognized artists such as Yang Fudong, Lida Abdul, Shilpa Gupta, Vivan Sundaram and Kiraki Sawa, as well as emerging artists from Japan, Turkey, India, Thailand, Afghanistan, Taiwan, China and Korea. These emerging artists are part of a growing international movement of artists who have trained and worked exclusively in video art, “leapfrogging” over classically based artist training and practice.

According to Melissa Chiu, “Asian and Asian American artists are on the cutting edge in video art—it is significant that most of the Asian artists showing in the world’s top contemporary art galleries are video artists.” She adds, “There is an excitement surrounding emerging Asian video artists, many of whose work is less culturally prescribed and more globally accessible. This enthusiasm is reflected in the unprecedented number of galleries and Museums participating in Asian Contemporary Art Week this year.”

Asian Contemporary Art Week kicks off with a panel discussion held at Asia Society on Monday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m., with leading contemporary video artists and curators who will discuss current issues, emerging trends and new directions in the Asian contemporary art scene. The panel will be followed by an exhibition opening reception for Projected Realities: Video Art from East Asia, featuring works by artists from China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, the leading countries in new media art. Events on subsequent evenings are generally organized by neighborhood location, with events on Tuesday, May 23 happening in midtown and uptown; on Wednesday, May 24 downtown in Tribeca, Soho, and also the Brooklyn Museum; Thursday, May 25 in Chelsea; Friday, May 26 at the Rubin Museum and area galleries as well as live sound works at the Diapason Gallery near Bryant Park; and Saturday, May 27 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Queens Museum of Art.

A fully illustrated color book has been published to coincide with this event.

Since its launch in 2002, ACAW has grown each year to include more public and private arts establishments. Previous Asian Contemporary Art Week programs have featured leading curators, collectors and artists, including Vasif Kortun, Shirin Neshat, Shahzia Sikander and Okwui Enwezor, as well as Gary Garrels, Dan Cameron, Francesco Bonami, Yuko Hasegawa, Apinan Poshyananda, Mariko Mori, Kent Logan and Hou Hanru.

Asian Contemporary Art Week is a collaboration of the Asian Contemporary Art Consortium, which includes: Melissa Chiu, Asia Society and Museum; Eleni Cocordas, Japan Society; Ethan Cohen, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts; Esa Epstein, Sepia International, The Alkazi Collection; Michael Goedhuis, Goedhuis Contemporary; Steve Pacia and Shumita Bose, Bose Pacia Modern; France Pepper, China Institute; Jung Lee Sanders, Art Projects International; David Solo and Jack & Susy Wadsworth, Collectors.

Asian Contemporary Art Week 2006 participating organizations include: American Folk Art Museum, Arts Projects International (API), Asian Art Museum, Asia Society Museum, Bose Pacia Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Chambers Fine Art, China Institute, Chuk Palu Gallery, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Flow Sound Collective, Gallery Arts India, Gallery Korea, Goedhuis Contemporary, James Cohan Gallery, Japan Society, Max Protetch Gallery, Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA), M.Y. Art Prospects, Queens Museum of Art, Rubin Museum of Art, Sepia International/The Alkazi Collection, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Thomas Erben Gallery, and Tilton Gallery.

ACAW 2006 is sponsored by Art Asia Pacific, Diapason, Chambers Hotel, Sotheby's, SurroundArt and Art Radio

The complete program agenda and locations follows. For the latest schedule changes and updates, please visit

HELD MAY 22 THROUGH 27, 2006

Monday May 22-Saturday May 27

Fast Futures: Asian Video Art ACAW Video Program
This year, ACAW features a special exhibition of single channel video works presented at venues across the city. Artists on view were selected through a process of nomination and juried by Melissa Chiu, Asia Society Museum; Yu Yeon Kim, Independent Curator; and Barbara London, Museum of Modern Art. The schedule below, announces these artists as ACAW Video Artists.
Monday May 22

Asia Society & Museum
6:30 pm Discussion, 8 pm Reception
Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art: Take 4. To coincide with the opening of Asian Contemporary Art Week, Melissa Chiu moderates a panel discussion with leading contemporary video artists and curators about current issues, emerging trends, and new directions in the Asian contemporary art scene. Speakers include: Barbara London, Johan Pijnappel and Vivan Sundaram. Followed by a reception for Projected Realities, an exhibition of new media works from East Asia.
$7 students; $10 members; $15 nonmembers
725 Park Ave. (70th St.), New York, NY 10021
T: 212-288-6400

Tuesday May 23 (Uptown)

American Folk Art Museum
5 pm Exhibition Tour, 6–8 pm Reception
Concrete Kingdom: Sculptures by Nek Chand. Curator Brooke Davis Anderson will lead an exhibition tour of this visionary self-taught sculptor (b. 1924) who is revered in India for his magical environment Rock Garden, in Chandigarh, one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country. His elegant figures are created with cement and broken bicycle parts and embellished with discarded materials such as broken crockery and glass bangles.
ACAW Video Artists: Chuhan Kuljit Kooj and Suzuki Atsushi
45 West 53 St. (6th Ave.), New York, NY 10019
T: 212-265-1040

China Institute
8–9:30 pm Screening/Discussion
Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Part 1 by Yang Fudong. Part 1 is from a series of five films that are adaptations of the traditional Chinese story and art theme known as The Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove and was filmed among the craggy and lush, misty environment of Yellow Mountain. Followed by a discussion with Maxwell Hearn, Curator of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Barbara Pollock, artist and art journalist who teaches and writes about contemporary Chinese art.
ACAW Video Artist: Yang Fudong
Space is limited. Reservations required.
125 East 65th St. (Lexington & Park Ave.), New York, NY 10021
T: 212-744-8181, x.150

Goedhuis Contemporary
6–8 pm Reception
Wang Ningde: Through the medium of photography, Wang Ningde explores the impossibility of separating what is the reality of memory and the memory of reality. This exhibition raises questions about how conceptions of self are at once created by and create memories of previous manifestations of ourselves, and how the processes of acknowledgement, memory, and desire are locked in a mutually dependent but sometimes antagonistic relationship.
ACAW Video Artist: Chieh-jen Chen
42 East 76th St. (Park & Madison Ave.), New York, NY 10021
T: 212-535-6954

Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service NY
5–7 pm Reception
Po Kim & Sylvia Wald: In collaboration with 2X13 Gallery and curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos, this exhibition features a variety of works from the 1950s to the present, including Po Kim's early abstract expressionistic works, paper works, and his recent figurative paintings and Sylvia Wald's early serigraphs, abstract oil paintings, and assemblage sculptures.
ACAW Video Artists: Ghazel, Rashid Rana, Rhee Jaye, and Jason Yi S.
460 Park Ave. (57th St.) 6th fl., New York, NY 10022
T: 212-759-9550

Japan Society
5:30–8 pm Reception
Fast Futures: Asian Video Art. As part of the city-wide Asian Contemporary Art Week, Japan Society's main gallery presents new single-channel video works by three emerging artists selected from the ACAW video program: Enclose by Bea Camacho (The Philippines); Trail by Hiraki Sawa (Japan); and several works by Koki Tanaka (Japan).
333 East 47th St. (1st Ave.), New York, NY 10017
T: 212-832-1155

Tilton Gallery
6–8 pm Reception
Jiang Hu. Curated by Huang Zhuan, an internationally recognized curator and professor of art theory at the Guangzhou Academy, this exhibition brings together works by thirty of the most important Chinese contemporary artists of our time, including Yue Minjun, Liu Wei, Zeng Fanzhi, Ma Liuming, He Sen, Xu Tan, and others. This exhibition refers to the complex dynamics of contemporary Chinese art within the global art world.
ACAW Video Artist: Kuang-yu Tsui
8 East 76th St. (5th & Madison Ave.), New York, NY 10021
T: 212-737-2221

Wednesday May 24 (Downtown)

Art Projects International (API)
11–5 pm Exhibition Viewing
IL LEE: New Work is an important survey featuring new large-scale ballpoint pen works on canvas and paper. These ambitious works include Lee's largest ballpoint pen work to date, a twelve-foot-long, blue-ink-on-canvas tour de force. The monumental forms emerging in these recent works seem at once grand and immutable and in flux.
ACAW Video Artist: Shin Il Kim
429 Greenwich St, Suite 5B (Laight and Vestry St.), New York, NY 10013
T: 212-343-2599

Brooklyn Museum
3–5 pm Screening/ Discussion
Working with the Diaspora: Asian Contemporary Art. A round-table discussion with three Brooklyn-based artists, Wenda Gu, Yoko Inoue, and Jean Shin, conducted by Charlotta Kotik, Curator and Chair of Contemporary Art, and Tumelo Mosaka, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art.
Cantor Auditorium, 3rd floor.
This event is free with museum admission.
ACAW Video Artists: Lida Abdul, Nikhil Chopra, and Natalia Mali
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
T: 718-501-6100

Chuk Palu Gallery/Center for Contemporary Art Afghanistan (CCAA)
6 pm Lecture, 6:30–8:30 pm Reception
Leeza Ahmady, Independent Curator and Managing Director of ACAW, Asia Society, will present a brief introductory lecture to an exhibition of works by four contemporary Afghan artists: Roya Ghiasy (installation), Rahraw Omarzad (video works in collaboration with CCAA students), Zolykha Sherzad (textile and fashion designs), and Rahim Walizada (carpets).
290 Fifth Ave. (31st and 32nd St.), New York, NY 10001
T: 212-695-1090

Ethan Cohen Fine Arts
6–8 pm Reception, 7 pm Performance
"Action Painting Battle! Ushio Shinohara VS Ryoga Katsuma. Curated by Ethan Cohen & Shinya Watanabe. Ryoga Katsuma, an emerging 26-year-old Japanese action painter, challenges the 74-year-old grand champion of boxing painting, Ushio Shinohara.
ACAW Video Artists: Yang Fudong and Ryoga Katsuma
18 Jay Street (Hudson and Greenwich St.), New York, NY 10013
T: 212-625-1250

Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA)
12-6pm Exhibition Viewing
The Virtual Salon: Transnational Photographers in the Digital Age. A ?photography exhibit featuring works by the Chinese Artist Network.
70 Mulberry Street, 2nd fl. (Corner of Bayard), New York, NY 10013
T:(212) 619-4785?

Thursday May 25 (Chelsea)

Bose Pacia Gallery
6:30 pm Discussion/Exhibition Viewing
In Conversation: Shilpa Gupta, Barbara London, and Dr. Irina Aristarkhova
Shilpa Gupta creates artwork using interactive websites, video, gallery environments, and public performances to probe, examine, and subvert such themes as consumer culture, exploitation of labor, militarism, and human rights abuse.
ACAW Video Artists: Yan Chung Hsien
508 West 26th St, 11th fl. (10th & 11th Ave.), New York, NY 10001
T: 212-989-7074

Chambers Fine Art
6–8 pm Exhibition Viewing
Transmitting the Ancient: Still-Life Photography by Hong Lei. One of the leading conceptual photographers in China presents a suite of meticulously staged nature mortes: mock-classical motifs that illustrate the artificiality of their representation.
ACAW Video Artist: Tan Xu
210 11th Ave, 4th fl. (24th and 25th St.), New York, NY 10001
T: 212-414-1169

James Cohan Gallery
6–8:30 pm Exhibition Viewing
Hiraki Sawa. Using video animation, Sawa juxtaposes varying images and backgrounds in whimsical and poetic collage. His meditations on ideas of dislocation and displacement are quietly profound—they suggest metaphors for change, evolution, and alienation within our time.
ACAW Video Artist: Pei Lin Kuo
533 West 26th St. (10th & 11th Ave.), New York, NY 10011
T: 212-714-9500

Max Protetch Gallery
6–8 pm Reception
Chen Qiulin. Chen is a young Chinese artist whose performances, photographs, and videos incorporate sculptural elements and a dramatic, intuitive approach to the changing Chinese landscape.
ACAW Video Artist: Ali Demirel
511 W 22nd St. (10th and 11th Ave.), New York, NY 10011
T: 212-633-6999

M.Y. Art Prospects
6–9 pm Reception
My Idol. Mayumi Lake's new photography series revisits childhood romantic fantasies from an adult’s point of view, expressing the disillusionment of broken promises while clinging to the hope of finding an ideal mate. Funny and ironic, Lake's images also express a poignant yearning to regain the lost innocence of childhood.
ACAW Video Artists: Mika Tajima, Moo Kwon Han, and Chen Kuo I
547 West 27th Street, 2nd fl. (10th and 11th Ave.), New York, NY 10001
T: 212-268-7132

Sepia International / The Alkazi Collection
6–8 pm Reception
Re-Take of Amrita. Vivan Sundaram’s Re-Take of Amrita is a photographic project incorporating the works of his grandfather, Umrao Singh Sher-Gil (1870–1954). Within these fifty-five digital photomontages, Sundaram orchestrates a dialogue with the past: the central "cinematic plot" is the relationship between Umrao and his artist-daughter Amrita Sher-Gil (1912–1941). The exhibition will include photomontages, a dual-video installation entitled Indira's Piano, and the photographs of Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, which have never been displayed.
ACAW Video Artist: Vivan Sundaram
148 West 24th St, 11th fl. (6th & 7th Ave.), New York, NY 10011
T: 212-645-9444

Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
6–8 pm Reception
Shahzia Sikander: New and recent digital animation works. The images don't stay fixed, but move and change, eluding narrative; the rhetoric remains suspended and the dialogue is open-ended. Using humor, visual reasoning and a self-created methodology, Sikander playfully hints at the problems of representation.
530 W 22nd St, 2nd Fl. (10th and 11th Ave.)
T: 212.929.2262

Sundaram Tagore Gallery
6:30–8:30 pm Reception
East/West. This exhibition features the work of six artists and their interaction with Asia. These artists are intimately engaged with the aesthetic or philosophical ideals of the East. The goal of this exhibition is to create a dialogue among cultures and to find points of commonality and elements that inspire new ways of thinking and creating. Curated by Sundaram Tagore. Artists: Natvar Bhavsar, Nathan Slate Joseph, Judith Murray, Anil Revri, Sohan Qadri, Joan Vennum.
ACAW Video Artists: Vivan Sundaram
547 West 27th St, ground fl. (10th & 11th Ave.), New York, NY 10001
T: 212-677-4520

Thomas Erben Gallery
6–8:30 pm Reception
What are you? What do you have? One of the most significant Indian artists of her generation, Tejal Shah employs video, photography, and performance. For her first U.S. solo exhibition, Shah continues from her work with the transgender community and presents a new two-channel video installation, transforming the gallery into a poetic collision of loss, regeneration, and celebration.
ACAW Video Artist: Man Yee So Stella
526 West 26th St. (10th and 11th Ave.), New York, NY 10001
T: 212-645-8701

Friday May 26

Bose Pacia Gallery
6:30–8 pm Screening/Talk
Video Art in Central Asia: Screening of a number of video works by newly emerging artists of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. Independent Curator, Leeza Ahmady, will share insights from her recent trips, and research work about the practice and development of contemporary art in this region. Artists: Alexander Uguy, Murat Djoumaliev, Gulnara Kasmalieva, Erbossyn Meldibekov, Almagul Menlibayeva, Rustam Khalfin, Julia Tikhonova, Said Atabekov, Roman Maskalev, Yelena and Victor Vorobyev, and others.
508 West 26th St, 11th Fl. (10th &11th Ave.) New York, NY 10001
P: 212 989 7074

Flow Sound Collective at Diapason Gallery
8:30 pm–12 am Live Sound Performances
Flow Sound Collective presents a variety of sound works based on aural phenomena produced through a combination of old and new means. These performances focus primarily on the evolution of electronic sound works. Curated by Patrick Todd at Diapason, the only gallery in the city devoted to sound art.
Performers: Kieko Uneshi (aka oblaat), ?Kenta Nagai, Chika, Haeyung Lee, (aka Bubblyfish) and others.
Admission: $10
1026 Avenue of the Americas (38th and 39th St., 2 blocks south of Bryant Park), New York, NY 10018
T: 212-719-4393

Gallery Arts India
6–9 pm Reception
Ghost Transmemoire is an exhibition of Krishnamachari's new work. His canvases operate in a formal capacity, with their spectacular combination of color, texture, and contrasting designs; they also have a strong intellectual basis. He questions the validity of the image as a purveyor of fixed meaning. His abstract patterns embody a shifting network of signs, mischievously evading definition and counteracting the assumption of a singular truth.
ACAW Video Artists: Amar Kanwar, Sathit Sattarasart, and Ezawa Kota
206 Fifth Ave, 5th fl. (25th St.), New York, NY 10010
T: 212-725-6092

Rubin Museum of Art
4:30–6:30 pm Screening, 7–10 pm Artists on Art
Fast Futures: Asian Video Art. Selected works from ACAW Video Program will be shown in the museum's theater: Nadiah Bamadhaj, Chieh-jen Chen, Mariam Ghani, Naeem Mohaiemen /Visible Collective. Contemporary artists including Shahzia Sikander, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Kim Il Shin will give informal talks and tours of the Museum’s galleries, contemplating the connection between traditional and contemporary Himalayan art. K2 Lounge hosts a special DJ in honor of ACAW 6PM-midnight.
Free museum admission after 7PM
150 West 17th St. (6th & 7th Ave), New York, NY 10011
T: 212.620.5000 Ext 344

Saturday May 27

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
4-6PM Video Screening
Fast Futures: Asian Video Art. Selected works from the ACAW Video Program will be shown in the museum's screening room: Mathieu Borysevicz, Kimi Takesue, Abidi Bani, and Kawai Masayuki. AIM 26: Exhibition on view featuring the 36 artists in the 2005-06 Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program, which annually provides professional development seminars and an exhibition venue to emerging artists in the New York metropolitan area.
1040 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY 10456
T 718.681.6000

Queens Museum of Art
2–5 pm Performances
Contemporary South Asian Music and Dance Festival. A series of performances and collaborations between visual artists, dancers, and musicians of the local South Asian diaspora. The presenting artists push the boundaries of classical Indian dance and music to explore transgressive new realms from a feminist viewpoint. Artists: Siona Benjamin and Ishrat Hoque, Jaishri Abichandani, Samita Sinha, Tenzin Sherpa, Bijli, Anjali, Sharmila Desai, Parijat Desai.
ACAW Video Artists: Michael Shaowanasai, Emily Chua, and Lui Xiu Wen
Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, NY 11368
T: 718-592-9700

Asian Art Museum (San Francisco)
On View April 7–July 16, 2006
The Three Gorges Project: Paintings by Liu Xiaodong. A series of monumental paintings by one of China’s leading artists, chronicling the Three Gorges Project, a seventeen-year effort to dam the Yangzi River. Each work reflects a society in transition, highlighting the issue of environmental degradation in an industrializing China where the psychic landscape is crowded with examples of hope, despair, innocence, detachment, injury, aggression, privilege, loss, and communal celebration.
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
T: 415-581-3717


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