San Francisco’s inaugural Asian Contemporary Art Week made its debut earlier this month, May 12 – 19, 2012. Here are just a few highlights from the week incase you missed anything:
SATURDAY, MAY 12: A DAY OF DIALOGUE
The week began with two panel discussions at the Asian Art Museum. The first panel featured artists Charwei Tsai, Jompet, Jagannath Panda, and moderator Glen Helfand as they discussed Building and Breaking: Considering Tradition in Contemporary Art. The second panel featured artists Heman Chong, Adrian Wong, Takayuki Yamamoto, Adeela Suleman, and moderator Hou Hanru as they addressed On Location: Time and Place, analyzing how different geopolitical, cultural, and historical experiences have influenced their work. This was a fantastic way to kick off the week and ignite the exploration into Contemporary Asian Art practice.
Day of Dialogue, Panel 1 (left to right):Charwei Tsai, Jompet, Jagannath Panda, Glen Helfand.
Day of Dialogue, Panel 2 (left to right): Takayuki Yamamoto, Heman Chong, Adeela Suleman, Adrian Wong, Hou Hanru.
Adrian Wong keeps the discussion going during the ACAW Opening Reception following the panel.
TUESDAY. MAY 15: AN EVENING WITH HOLLAND COTTER
Tuesday evening featured one of the week’s highlights, a discussion with renowned New York Times Art Critic Holland Cotter. Samsung Hall was a packed house as the Pulitzer Prize Winner sat down with Museum Director, Jay Xu, and Asia Society President and CEO, Vishakha Desai to discuss the practice and future of Asian Contemporary Art in the Bay Area. Special thanks to Art Practical for partnering with ACAC-SF to make this evening possible.
(From left to right) Jay Xu, Holland Cotter, Vishakha Desai
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16: SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS AT KADIST AND SOUTHERN EXPOSURE
From the cloudy blue drinks, to the floor cushions and fog machine, Wednesday evening at Kadist was a special experience for all who attended. The gallery transformed into it’s very own misty cloud as the audience viewed a special presentation of the video installation The Cloud of Unknowing (2011), from Singapore native, Ho Tzu Nyen.
Ho Tzu Nyen's The Cloud of Unknowing (2011). A special presentation at Kadist.
The fog starts to roll in at Kadist.
Just a few blocks away from Kadist, Southern Exposure was hosting its own special night of performance, Off the Wall, curated by Jeanne Gerrity. The night featured a Ted Talk-esque presentation by Jenifer Wofford on the traditional Philipina dessert, Halu-Halu, followed by a vocal and sound performance by Mike Lai and Charming Hostess as they recreated the scene from a Kung Fu film.
Mike Lai featuring Charming Hostess.
THURSDAY, MAY 17: OPENING NIGHTS AT artMRKT AND THE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
Thursday night was a night to party. Before heading over to the festivities at the Asian Art Museum for Phantoms of Asia, ACAC-SF joined the crew at artMRKT San Francisco as they opened their doors for an Opening Night Event. On view was Daddy Project, a special video installation by Beijing-based artist, Yan Xing, curated by ACAC-SF’s very own, Xiaoyu Weng. Special thanks to artMRKT Productions for their partnership during the event.
A special presentation of Yan Xing's Daddy Project at artMRKT San Francisco.
ACAC-SF with our friends at Art Cards.
Also opening Thursday night was Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past at the Asian Art Museum. The exhibition, featuring over 30 artists, is on view through September 2, 2012.
The galleries stayed open late as part of the celebration.
SATURDAY, MAY 19: TALKS AT artMRKT
Asian Contemporary Art Week concluded with two talks at artMRKT San Francisco. The first featured Allison Harding, Curator at the Asian Art Museum, as she sat down with Phantoms of Asia artist, Palden Weinreb to discuss his work and how it reflects recent trends in the Asian contemporary art market. Weinreb’s work was also on display during artMRKT as a part of a special collaboration with the Asian Art Museum.
Palden Weinreb and Allison Harding at artMRKT San Franciso.
The second talk featured consultant and Indian art expert, Cho Rao, as she discussed and analyzed the developments within the Indian contemporary art market.
Cho Rao at artMRKT San Francisco.
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