Camp 14 – Total Control Zone by Marc Wiese, April 24, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

A fascinating portrait of a young man who grew up imprisoned by dehumanizing violence, yet still found the will to escape. Born inside a North Korean prison camp as the child of political prisoners, Shin Dong-Huyk was raised in a world where all he knew was punishment, torture, and abuse. Weaving interviews with Shin, anecdotes from a former camp guard, and powerful animated scenes capturing key moments in his life, the film gives us a complex portrait of Shin's world.

SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot, April 19, 2014 - July 27, 2014

Oakland Museum of California

OMCA features the work of 15 artists associated with the groundbreaking magazine Giant Robot, a celebration of Asian American pop and alternative culture. Guest curated by Giant Robot co-founder Eric Nakamura, the exhibition presents a range of works by talented artists from this edgy scene.

4th SF Diasporic Vietnamese Literary Festival, April 19, 2014

African American Art & Culture Complex

DVAN's aim is to promote artists from the Vietnamese Diaspora whose work in literature, visual art, film and performance art enriches our communities and strengthens ties between Vietnamese across the globe. We undertake to support this body of work through cultural events, exhibits and publications that explore connections between art and society.

Arts & Activism in Asia/ America: Presentation + Conversation & Celebration with Lan Duong, Philip Kan Gotanda, Glen Helfand & Masahiro Sugano, April 18, 2014

Grand Hyatt San Francisco

Can individuals and institutions make a difference, when questioning difference?
As curators, scholars, artists and activists working in Asia, America and in-between, these presenters challenge national policies and the politics of community and identity.

Rafea: Solar Mama by Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief, April 17, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her daughters in one of Jordan's poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. When she is selected for an intriguing program called the Barefoot College in India, Rafea travels to join 30 illiterate women from different countries to train to become solar engineers.

Many Places at Once, April 17, 2014 - July 12, 2014

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Decades after the "post-studio" turn announced by Minimalism and Conceptual art in the 1960s, Many Places at Once reconsiders the place of artistic production in our era of creative industries and flexible labor. Featuring new commissions and existing works by seven international artists, the exhibition presents artworks that call attention to the nuanced circumstances that characterize the economic, social, and technological conditions in which artists work today.

Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema: Far from Vietnam, April 8, 2014

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Recently rereleased after being long unavailable theatrically, Far from Vietnam is a unique collaboration by seven noted directors (William Klein, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Lelouch, Joris Ivens, Chris Marker, Agnès Varda, and Alain Resnais), produced as a fundraiser for the Vietnamese.

Special Screening: Nuclear Nation, April 4, 2014

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

On March 11, 2011, a tsunami triggered by a massive earthquake hit Japan’s coast, crippling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The devastation exacted by the tsunami was compounded by radiation released by the failing reactors. The nearby town of Futaba was abandoned,leaving behind a wreckage of homes, contaminated crops, and expiring livestock.

2 Films: Tadao Ando: From Emptiness to Infinity & The Successor of Kakiemon, March 27, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Tadao Ando: From Emptiness to Infinity portrays one of the world’s most renowned architects, the Japanese “master of minimalism” Tadao Ando. His award-winning brutalist architecture creates a spectacular connection between Japanese tradition and contemporary modernism. The film introduces Ando’s world-famous buildings and accompanies him at work, as he shares his sources of inspiration with us.

A Theater Near You: A Touch of Sin, March 22, 2014 - March 23, 2014

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The East Bay Premiere of the latest from Jia Zhangke, "one of the best and most important directors in the world" according to The New Yorker's Richard Brody. Winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes.

Archives, Censors, Wives: Research in Contemporary Asian Art, March 19, 2014

U.C. Berkeley

A conversation with Jane DeBevoise moderated by Winnie Wong (Department of Rhetoric, U.C. Berkeley). Jane DeBevoise is Chair of the Board of Directors of Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong and New York. This event is co-organized by the Townsend Working Groups in Contemporary Art and Asian Art and Visual Culture, and the History of Art Department.

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Fest 2014, March 14, 2014 - March 21, 2014


CAAM presents CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, or SFIAAFF) every March. CAAMFest is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Since 1982, the festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema.

Fong Chung-ray Artist & Curator Talk, March 8, 2014

Chinese Culture Center

Join us for a Artist & Curator Talk! Fong Chung-ray and guest curator Manni Liu will engage in a stimulating dialogue about art, history, and the development of Fong Chung-ray as an artist from the Taiwanese modernist movement in the 1950s and 1960s to today’s global interest in ink painting.

Jaqueline Kiyomi Gordon: It Only Happens All of the Time, March 7, 2014 - June 15, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

For her solo exhibition, It Only Happens All of the Time, Gordon explores sound’s ability to establish different levels of intimacy. The exhibition’s title points towards the ubiquitous presence of sound in that process, whether it exists at the periphery or center of our awareness. Commissioned by YBCA, Gordon’s new installation is an immersive sonic experience that emphasizes the primacy of the embodied experience; one that encourages the visitor to navigate the space through a mode of listening that is both felt and heard.

Forms of Function: The Architecture of Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America, Irene Cheng, March 4, 2014

San Francisco Art Institute

Irene Cheng is an architectural historian, critic, and designer. Her research focuses on the intersections of architecture, cultural history, politics, and the history of science. Her current project, entitled “The Shape of Utopia: Architectures of Radical Reform in Nineteenth-Century America,” explores the geometry of architectural projects affiliated with anarchist, socialist, abolitionist, free love, spiritualist, and other radical antebellum movements.

Wendy Murayama: Executive Order 9066: The Tag Project, March 1, 2014 - May 24, 2014

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Artist Wendy Maruyama’s celebrated large-scale sculptural installation honoring 120,000 Japanese-Americans interned during WWII.

Sublimity 化境, Recent Works by Hou Beiren, February 22, 2014 - March 29, 2014

NanHai Art

As one of very few living legendary artists of our times, Hou’s most valuable contributions are undoubtedly his audacious experiments and achievements in his successful integration of Western and Chinese painting techniques. Hou has invented a distinctive style of his own within the genre of splash ink and color, which is best demonstrated in his most recent works shown in this current exhibition.

Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes, February 19 2014 - December 14, 2014

Cantor Arts Center

The landscape, the most prominent painting tradition in China, brings with it more than one thousand years’ worth of precedent and often has evolved in tandem with the social changes facing practicing Chinese artists. The genre continues to be mined by contemporary artists as a means to explore cultural heritage and to represent current transformations—to China’s landscapes, cityscapes, society, and culture.

Between Modern and Contemporary: Fong Chung-ray, February 15, 2014 - May 31, 2014

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco

The exhibition focuses on the artist’s mature work, which incorporates styles over the course of his career, calligraphy, splashes of acrylic, and found materials such as sheets of plastic, and is an abstract style that doesn’t fit neatly into any category of Chinese, Asian or Western.

Yun-Fei Ji: Notes, Tales, and Insults, February 6, 2014

Nathan Cummings Art Building

In this talk, Yun-Fei Ji will explore experiences shaping his work; from an altered photograph in the history museum to his interest in documenting the Three Gorges Dam Project, Ji will discuss the nature of power and the representation of history. Ideas of the social portrait, scavengers, and the Chinese tradition of retreat and non-corporation will be touched upon. In addition, Ji will share his working process which involves on-site sketches, conversations, and research.

Proximities 3: Import Export Evening Event, February 6, 2014

Asian Art Museum

Spend your Thursday night with the Asian Art Museum and enjoy art, cash bar refreshments, a special tea tasting courtesy of ATELIER DION and Song Tea, and music by P-Play of Honey Soundsystem. Get the insider's perspective on Proximities 3: Import/Export with curator Glen Helfand, who'll be giving an in-gallery talk. Some of the artists will also be in attendance and of course, the collection galleries will be open. This is the Museum's final Proximities exhibition, so celebrate it in style before its closing on Feb 23.

Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company: UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW, January 30, 2014 - February 1, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW is the latest experiment by Obie award-winning playwright and director Young Jean Lee, who has been called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by The New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York.

Dohee Lee, Winter: Mago, January 18, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Winter: Mago is an eight-hour continuous performance. Dohee Lee and musicians will intervene between audience and ancestors through sound and movement. The audience can experience the work in any increment of time—either by watching it as a performance installation or entering into the space and participating in the ritual aspect of the work.

The Brilliance of Satyajit Ray, January 17, 2014 - August 31, 2014

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Before the “international art house circuit,” before “Third World Film,” before “slow cinema” and “rural realism,” there was Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. More than a decade has passed since Ray was honored with a retrospective, and in that time cinematic trends have made his work even more necessary to see again.

Proximities 3: Import/Export, December 20, 2013 - February 23, 2014

Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum presents Proximities 3: Import/Export, the third and final show in an intimate trilogy of exhibitions exploring the culturally and geographically vast idea of Asia through the diverse perspectives of Bay Area artists. Guest curated by Glen Helfand, each Proximities exhibition features artworks that question whether objects and ideas can convey an accurate sense of Asia. The series’ artworks also reflect the artists’ personal proximities to Asia and Asian history.

Zhang Ga, From Timelapse to Timecollapse: Rethinking New Media Art and Platform China, December 2 2013

Banatao Auditorium

Reflecting on his curatorial projects in China and elsewhere, Zhang Ga invokes some of the fundamental concepts developed in Deleuze's extensive work on cinema to extend the discussion of “movement image” and “time image” into the digital now.

Euguene Wang, Yang Fudong and the New-Media Turn in Contemporary Chinese Art, November 24, 2013

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Eugene Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University, looks at Yang Fudong's work in the context of the profound shifts in art making in China over the past twenty years, and also considers Yang's use of the film medium and relationship to traditional Chinese art.

Ranu Mukherjee, Apparitions, November 14, 2013 - December 21, 2013

Gallery Wendi Norris

Apparitions, Ranu Mukherjee’s second solo show at Gallery Wendi Norris, features a vibrant array of new textile prints, ink paintings, collage and hybrid films. Expanding upon materials and themes developed for her exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Mukherjee articulates relationships between the compressed spaces of the body, stage and picture plane. Operating as a conduit between the liminal and the social, these ‘apparitions’ are reflections of multiple and simultaneous senses of time travel, catastrophe, fragility, desire, and identification with the natural world.

Multiple Encounters, November 6, 2013 - February 16, 2014

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Multiple Encounters puts the video work of Yang Fudong in direct dialogue with historical Chinese paintings, a juxtaposition that raises questions about how we view both Yang’s work and classical art. Connecting the fifteenth century to the twenty-first, this exhibition suggests that some of the magical qualities of Yang’s work may be inherited from the Chinese classical tradition.

NanHai Art Seminar Series, November 2, 2013 - November 16, 2013

NanHai Art

NanHai Art is pleased to announce a three-part seminar series for the month of November featuring prominent scholars on the tropic of Chinese art. This new series will host noted academics on topics pertinent to the evolution of Chinese art, and the transformation of Eastern and Western culture through the exchange of artistic practice and aesthetics.

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