The Hole, Tsai Ming-liang, July 20, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Somewhere in Taiwan, the rain won't stop. A mysterious disease reaches epidemic proportions. A young man uses the giant hole in his living room floor to spy on his downstairs neighbor, a woman who stockpiles toilet paper and dreams of singing and dancing.

From Two Arises Three, The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, July 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015

Asian Art Museum

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, which recall the aesthetics of ink painting.

From Two Arises Three: Creating a Third Space, Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, July 14, 2014

NanHai Art

Both Chang and Cherney are hybrid artists. Chang is of Chinese and Western heritage; his strong foundation in traditional ink painting is balanced by myriad Western art influences. Cherney has been based in China for many years; his work centers around combining photography with the subject matter, aesthetics, materials and formats most closely associated with traditional Chinese ink painting.

Yuezhou: Viewing and Discussion with Michael Cherney, July 13, 2014

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Photographer, calligrapher, and book artist Michael Cherney unrolls his extraordinary handscroll Yuezhou (Procession of Ships), a recent BAM/PFA acquisition, and guides us through viewing it.

Project Mah Jong, July 13, 2014 – October 28, 2014

The Contemporary Jewish Museum

From the 1920s through the 1960s, the living rooms of many Jewish American homes resounded with lively exclamations of “crak, bam, dot!” and the distinctive clacking of tiles. This was the heyday of the Chinese game of mah jongg in the United States—a game with a rich history in the Jewish American community, especially among women.

Yoshitomo Saito, Ethos in Bronze, July 10, 2014 – August 30, 2014

Haines Gallery

Organic forms from Saito’s native Japan and current environment in Colorado fill the exhibition. He explores this perennial interest with a new approach, grinding all or part of each work’s surface to reveal and revel in the natural hue and texture of the bronze.

Into the Nearness of Distance, Summer Mei Lee, July 10, 2014 – December 20, 2014

Chinese Culture Center

Into the Nearness of Distance explores the fragile relationship between absence and presence and the human relationship to the unknowable. Capturing a sense of longing for but inevitable failure to reconnect with ancestors who once lived in Chinatown, Lee’s work focuses thematically upon the universality of generational estrangement from a rooted but also distancing culture.

Palimpsest with Ajit Chauhan, June 26, 2014

Asian Art Museum

Palimpsest is a study in reincarnations: a life erased to make room for another life, with traces or ghosts of the “other.” The Asian Art Museum—formerly the Main Public Library—still houses the twenty-four quotations chosen by former mayor Edward Robeson Taylor, inscribed in the toast-tinted travertine above the grand staircase, echoing the building’s former life. Palimpsest will be a playful intervention on these inscriptions.

Norte, the End of History by Lav Diaz, June 19, 2014 – June 22, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

A masterpiece from the “godfather” of the Philippine New Wave, Lav Diaz. A loose reimagining of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, it’s the story of a young intellectual who commits a horrific double-murder. But the wrong man is convicted of the crime, serving a life sentence while leaving behind a wife and two children. Norte is a profound meditation on cultural memory, class, personal and national guilt, and the origins of evil.

Kenji Mizoguchi: A Cinema of Totality, June 19, 2014 - August 29, 2014

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Between the early 1920s and the year of his death, Kenji Mizoguchi (1898–1956) made more than seventy-five films (though many of the films are lost), moving easily across genres from samurai tales to contemporary melodramas. His mature style is evident beginning with his 1936 classic, Sisters of the Gion.

New Filipino Cinema 2014, June 11, 2014 – June 15, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

YBCA returns with the third year of New Filipino Cinema! The Philippines is one of the most creative and exciting countries for independent cinema. YBCA presents 24 films over five days, and it’s their strongest line-up yet. Like the country itself, which is made up of thousands of little islands, each with its own culture, dialect, and people, New Filipino Cinema covers a vast terrain: from north to south; from documentaries to short works; and from the avant-garde to the big-budget feature.

Takashi Murakami's Jellyfish Eyes, June 5, 2014

Asian Art Museum

Takashi Murakamiʼs first live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes (2013) will embark on a nine-stop screening tour of art institutions and cultural venues across the United States, including San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. The film combines Murakamiʼs trademark anime-inspired visual aesthetic with broader themes of social change and self-empowerment.

Slowly Rewind: New Work by Yina Kim, June 2, 2014 – June 30, 2014

Rare Device

Slowly Rewind is a two part illustrated study of Kim's curiosity of people. 12 Units, a story based series is a semi fictional voyeuristic observation of her apartment tenants living in San Francisco. The ongoing portrait series is a reinterpreted images of found portraits. By incorporating her own story and memories into each character, it creates a relationship and conveys familiarity to the unknown.

Re:depiction with Hughen/Starkweather, May 22, 2014

Asian Art Museum

For Re:depiction, San Francisco artist collaborative Hughen/Starkweather (Jennifer Starkweather and Amanda Hughen) interviewed several museum staff members about an artwork of their choice from the Asian Art Museum’s collection and describe the work from memory.

OACC's Pacific Pathways Dance Festival, May 17, 2014

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

This event is in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and it will be a showcase of diverse and revered styles from across numerous API communities.

Social Justice: Progress or Regress in America?, May 14, 2014

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

In connection with Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066: The Tag project this special Talking Art panel, Social Justice: Progress or Regress in America?, will promote conversation surrounding the Japanese-American internment during WWII, racial profiling, social justice and how we can keep the dialogue moving forward.

Luc Schaedler: Three Letters from China, May 3, 2014

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In the final film of his Asian trilogy, Swiss director Luc Schaedler presents three diverse, intimate, and well-crafted portraits of life in contemporary China, each segment presenting an evocative and penetrating study of a different region.

Lino Brocka: Manila in the Claws of Light, May 3, 2014

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1978, Lino Brocka’s film Insiang received favorable responses at the Cannes festival, and in 1980, his Jaguar was the first Philippine film to be presented in competition at that event. Manila in the Claws of Light is, perhaps, one of Brocka’s most representative, trenchant examples of social criticism and ruthless determinism.

Lav Diaz: Norte, the End of History, May 3, 2014

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Inspired by Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, art-house favorite Lav Diaz’s latest epic profoundly explores everything from the state of the present-day rural Philippines to the 1890s Philippine Revolution against the Spanish. And it does so without wasting a single scene of its 250-minute running time.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Acts of God, May 1, 2014 - July 3, 2014

Fraenkel Gallery

This exhibition is the first U.S. presentation of Sugimoto’s The Last Supper: Acts of God (1999/2012), a five-panel photograph, more than 24 feet in length. The artist first created this work in 1999, from a life-size wax reproduction of Leonardo’s The Last Supper, which he photographed at a museum in Izu, Japan. In 2012, while the work was stored in the artist’s basement, it was damaged by the storm surge and flooding that occurred when Hurricane Sandy hit New York City.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, May 1, 2014 - Jun 1, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

YBCA is proud to present this retrospective of some of the greatest and most influential films of all time from the legendary Japanese animation team at Studio Ghibli. Praised for their originality, stunning animation, and ambitious storytelling, the films are a beloved part of Japanese culture and have received worldwide acclaim from both audiences and critics.

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.

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