• Leisure-class ladies playing a floating game of mah jongg

    1924, photograph. © Library of Congress, in the public domain. Image courtesy Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Leisure-class ladies playing a floating game of mah jongg

1924, photograph. © Library of Congress, in the public domain. Image courtesy Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Highlight Events

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Upcoming Events


09. 21 - Artist Talk and Opening Reception

09. 21 – Artist Talk and Opening Reception

The solo exhibition Wish I Were There: Imagined Geographies presents the works by artist Xuchi Naungayan Eggleton at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland.

09. 23 - Conversations: Twitter Chats, Social Media as Space for Critical Discourse and Art Practice

09. 23 – Conversations: Twitter Chats, Social Media as Space for Critical Discourse and Art Practice

Exploring the intersection of contemporary arts and social media, the curatorial platform Post Meridiem (PMx) invites creative leaders, curators, and artists to participate in a series of short Twitter chats focused on their use of social media as a platform for critical dialogue and practice.

09. 24 - Reception: An Evening with Robert Zhao Renhui

09. 24 – Reception: An Evening with Robert Zhao Renhui

Kadist Art Foundation introduces its fall artist-in-resident, Robert Zhao Renhui. Robert Zhao Renhui was born in Singapore where he continues to live and work.

09. 25 - Performance: Collaborate On Public Art for Chinatown,  Part of Bay Area Now 7

09. 25 – Performance: Collaborate On Public Art for Chinatown, Part of Bay Area Now 7

As part of the exhibition Bay Area Now 7, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), in collaboration with the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (CCC), hosts a community, collaborative art-making performance led by artist Summer Mei Ling Lee.

09. 25 - Exhibition opening: Ulti-fatum

09. 25 – Exhibition opening: Ulti-fatum

Epekto Art Projects is pleased to announce the opening reception of the exhibition Ulti-fatum that investigates notions of fatalism and cultural interpretations in art. See Exhibition for further description.

09. 26 - Artists’ lectures: Sheetal Gandhi and Kristina Wong

09. 26 – Artists’ lectures: Sheetal Gandhi and Kristina Wong

This two-part evening features presentations by acclaimed LA-based performers Kristina Wong and Sheetal Gandhi. Writer, cultural commentator and performer, Wong presents a work in process extract from her new solo performance,

09. 26 - Festival Opening: APAture Festival 2014

09. 26 – Festival Opening: APAture Festival 2014

The thirteen edition of the annual festival APAture festival organized by Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) opens its door to present and examine the work of emerging Asian Pacific American talents in various disciplines and experimental media.

09. 26 - Multimedia Performance: Lenora Lee Dance 7th Anniversary Season

09. 26 – Multimedia Performance: Lenora Lee Dance 7th Anniversary Season

Lenora Lee Dance is proud to present its seventh Anniversary Season taking place during two weekends (September 26-28 and October 3-5). This program features breathtaking and insightful multimedia performances that tell the stories of Chinese migrants.

09. 27 - Exhibition tour and workshop: Artist Workshop and Gallery Tour with Summer Mei Ling Lee

09. 27 – Exhibition tour and workshop: Artist Workshop and Gallery Tour with Summer Mei Ling Lee

As part of the exhibition Into the Nearness of Disctance, on view at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, artist Summer Mei Ling Lee leads an interactive artist workshop with the local community, along with gallery tour.

09. 27 - Artist Talk: Alter-Circuit: Shiyuan Liu, My Paper Knife

09. 27 – Artist Talk: Alter-Circuit: Shiyuan Liu, My Paper Knife

The artist’s talk My Paper Knife convenes audiences to participate in a presentation-conversation with the visiting Copenhagen and Beijing based artist Shiyuan Liu.

09. 27 - Performances: Night Market: In Conjunction with Theory of Survival: Fabrications

09. 27 – Performances: Night Market: In Conjunction with Theory of Survival: Fabrications

As part of the exhibition Theory of Survival, join Southern Exposure for an evening of marketplace activities including performances, music and readings by Bay Area artists. Inspired by current events and traditional bazaar and tea house activities.

09. 27 - Multimedia Performance: Lenora Lee Dance 7th Anniversary Season

09. 27 – Multimedia Performance: Lenora Lee Dance 7th Anniversary Season

Organized by Lenora Lee Dance with Asian Improvisatino arts, API cultural Center and Chinese Historical Society of America at the Dance Mission Theater. This will be Lenora Lee Dance 7th Anniversary Season Performance.

09. 28 - Film Screening: Divided Attentions: “The Worlds of Bernice Bing”

09. 28 – Film Screening: Divided Attentions: “The Worlds of Bernice Bing”

Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA), Asian Art Museum, Asia Society, and Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) presents The Worlds of Bernice Bing, a documentary short film illuminating the life and times of visionary artist, Bingo—fine artist, community activist, lesbian, and Asian American.

09. 28 - Multimedia Performance: Lenora Lee Dance 7th Anniversary Season

09. 28 – Multimedia Performance: Lenora Lee Dance 7th Anniversary Season

Organized by Lenora Lee Dance with Asian Improvisatino arts, API cultural Center and Chinese Historical Society of America at the Dance Mission Theater. This will be Lenora Lee Dance 7th Anniversary Season Performance.

Exhibitions during ACAW-SF


Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscape

Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscape

With more than one thousand years of history, the landscape is the most prominent painting tradition in China where it has often been evolving in tandem with the social changes.

San Francisco Chinatown Keywords

San Francisco Chinatown Keywords

Renowned international artist Xu Tan set up the multimedia art project San Francisco Chinatown Keywords in Chinatown, collaborating with the Chinese Culture Foundation and Chinatown Community Development Center.

Dual Natures in Ceramics - Eight Contemporary Artists from Korea

Dual Natures in Ceramics – Eight Contemporary Artists from Korea

Dual Natures in Ceramics: Eight Contemporary Artists from Korea features seventy-five stunning contemporary artworks created by some of Korea’s most respected artists.

Into the Nearness of Distance

Into the Nearness of Distance

As the flagship program of the Visual Art Center at the Chinese Culture Foundation, the Xian Rui (Fresharp) Artist Excellence has become an adventure, where we join the artist on this journey of exploration into human complexity.

Project Mah Jongg

Project Mah Jongg

Since the 1920s, the game of mah jongg has ignited the popular imagination with its beautiful tiles, mythical origins, and communal spirit. It is a game more widely known than played or understood, and it is a true cultural hybrid.

From Two Arises Three

From Two Arises Three

When Chinese ink painter Arnold Chang and photographer Michael Cherney met for the first time in 2007, they recognized a compatibility between Chang’s personal brushwork and Cherney’s granular photographs

Tradition on Fire - Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from Paul and Kathy Bissinger Collection

Tradition on Fire – Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from Paul and Kathy Bissinger Collection

Highlighting twenty-two works by twenty artists, exhibition celebrates selected Japanese contemporary ceramics from the Kathy and Paul Bissinger Collection of San Francisco.

Architects of Destruction

Architects of Destruction

At the beginning of their collaboration, Sydney and Berlin-based artists Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy found themselves amidst the chaos of Sydney’s rapidly evolving cityscape.

Barbara Takenaga

Barbara Takenaga

Gregory Lind Gallery is pleased to present a new series of works by New York-based painter Barbara Takenaga. This is the artist’s sixth solo show with the gallery.

Theory of Survival: Fabrications

Theory of Survival: Fabrications

Fabrications is a pop-up bazaar drawing inspiration from a traditional Persian marketplace. Curator Taraneh Hemami, in this latest iteration of her Theory of Survival project

Wish I Were There: Imagined Geographies

Wish I Were There: Imagined Geographies

The exhibition Where I Wish There present a mixed-media installation of mixed media by Xuchi Naungayan Eggleton. To create this work of striking colors and enigmatic visual forms.

Ulti-Fatum

Ulti-Fatum

The exhibition Ulti-Fatum investigates notions of fatalism in art making. Both implies a dimension of risk by flirting with the unknown, relying on chance or “providence.”

Alter-Circuit: Shiyuan Liu, My Paper Knife

Alter-Circuit: Shiyuan Liu, My Paper Knife

Working along the borderline of photography, collage, video, film and theater, Beijing and Copenhagen-based artist Shiyuan Liu’s practice explores the limit of perception and experience, reality and fiction, and the rational and the obscure. For the first time on the West Coast, Alter-Circuit: Shiyuan Liu, My Paper Knife presents two of the artist’s works addressing notions and experience of cross-cultural borders.

Apature 2014: Focus on Emerging Asian Pacific American Artists

Apature 2014: Focus on Emerging Asian Pacific American Artists

Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) is the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization and offers an array of workshops, presentations, and events, nurturing creative spirit.