Cultural Equity Grants The San Francisco Arts Commission is offering a grants program to support the development, sustainability and growth of arts organizations deeply rooted in, and able to express the experiences of, historically underserved communities, such as African American, Asian American, disabled, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, gay/lesbian, and women. The deadline for Level One grants (up to $18,000, one year) is June 18. Proposals that build on the accomplishments of a previous CEI-supported initiative have a slight advantage. The deadline for Level Two grants (two- and three-year grants of up to $75,000 and $120,000 respectively) is April 6. Applicants need to meet a minimum threshold of organizational capacity. For a list of proposal workshop times and dates, please leave name and address by calling 415-252-2553, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Web site at www.sfac.sfsu.edu, or the offices at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suites 60 and 240, San Francisco.
Free Poetry Contest Open to San Francisco Residents The International Library of Poetry has announced that $58,000 in prizes will be awarded this year in the International Open Poetry Contest. Poets from the San Francisco area, particularly beginners, are welcome to try to win their share of over 250 prizes. The deadline is April 30. The contest is open to everyone and entry is free. To enter, send one original poem, any subject, and any style, to: The International Library of Poetry, Suite 19910, 1 Poetry Plaza, Owings Mills, MD 21117. The poem should be 20 lines or less, and the poets name and address should appear on the top of the page. Entries must be postmarked or sent via the Internet by April 30. Enter online at www.poetry.com.
Poetry Workshop at Kearny Street Workshop The April 12 - May 31 Poetry Workshop with Edmond Chow only has a few spaces left. This class will deepen your understanding of poetry and help you apply new techniques to your own work. The class will explore the mechanics of poetry, as well as how to write honest and intelligent poems. Expect to write a new poem every week and to help each other become the best poets possible. Instructor Edmond Chow was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1969 and immigrated to Canada in 1971. He grew up in Toronto and also lived briefly in Waterloo (Ontario), Ottawa, and Redmond (Washington). He moved to the United States in 1993 for graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. He has lived in the Bay Area since 1998. For more information, call KSW at 415-503-0520, e-mail email@example.com, or check out the Web site at www.kearnystreet.org.
The Media Fund The National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA) is pleased to announce new deadlines for the Media Fund. Open Call for Production Funds ends Aug. 24. This round of funding is for applicants with public television projects in production and/or post-production phases. Projects in research and development or script development phases need not apply. Awards will average $20,000 to $50,000. Exceptions may be made. Open Door Completion Fund has no deadline. This round of funding is for applicants with public television projects in the final post-production phase. A full-length rough cut must be submitted. Awards average $20,000 and NAATA funds must be the last monies needed to finish the project and deliver the broadcast master. For more information, check out www.naatanet.org or contact the Media Fund department at 415-863-0814 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Between Two Trees Between Two Trees is a three-person exhibition about feeling close to two countries. Enrique Andrade, José Arenas, and Jimmy Ho were born elsewhere but now live in the U.S. Andrade and Arenas were born in Mexico, Ho in Taiwan. On exhibit are paintings and monoprints, some narrative, some obscure and poetic. Between Two Trees was curated by the Euphrat Museum of Art. It is presented in conjunction with Angel Island and Immigration Stories of the 20th and 21st Centuries at the Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, Cupertino, through April 19. For more information, call 408-864-8836.
Eastern Exposure The San Francisco Arts Commission Chinatown Community Arts Program and the Community Images presents Eastern Exposure. This exhibition features the works of Bruce Akizuki and Leon Sun, two Asian American photographers who turn their cameras on China and Japan. It will be on display from Saturday, March 24 through Saturday, April 28, at the Chinatown Community Arts Program Gallery. A free opening reception will take place on Saturday, March 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Gallery is located in the Holiday Inn, 750 Kearny Street, 3/F, San Francisco. For further information, please call Janice Hom at 415-957-1146.
Live Forever Korean Artist Lee Bul will show a new body of work, Live Forever: New Work by Lee Bul, that expands upon her investigation of the body in a technologically-mediated society. Related to the 1999 Venice Biennale installation of karaoke booths, Lee will fabricate a new series of pod-shaped karaoke capsules produced at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. In San Francisco, Lee will produce a new video work which explores her interest in lounge bands that inhabit that strange nomadic realm of hotels. The video Live Forever will be exhibited with the complete series of video productions Amateurs + Anthem + Live Forever. Finally, with a commitment to the process of art-making and commissioning new work, the Art Institute will exhibit an extensive body of drawings sketches of the project in progress. The show will run from April 5 to May 19, with an opening reception on April 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Walter & McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco. Visit www.sfai.edu for complete exhibition and public program information.
Seeing Time March 17 through April 14, Washington Square Gallery announces a new exhibition, Seeing Time, that pairs two Bay Area artists whose work is deeply rooted in West Coast culture and images. Yeung Has new series of monotype prints records the first year of the new millennium through a visual diary. Each month, she created a new piece, incorporating the front page of a newspaper, a photograph of something she did, and paintings of rose bushes in her garden into multi-layered reflections. Suzan Friedland combines the techniques of textile work, painting and pottery in her artwork. She adopts methods from a variety of different sources, using media as diverse as adobe and sumi ink on the same canvas. Her forms are derived from the natural landscape of Northern California, where she lives. Washington Square Gallery is located at 1821 Powell Street between Filbert and Greenwich Streets. For more information, please call Hilary Snow at 415-291-9255.
Silent Voices Speak Silent Voices Speak features Remembering the Holocaust, a powerful art exhibition of paintings by German-born artist Barbara Shilo, which are based on actual black and white documentary photographs taken in Europe between 1933 and 1945. The second exhibition, curated by Eric Saul, is entitled Visas for Life. This exhibition of private photographs tells the story of diplomats who rescued more than 250,000 lives during the Holocaust. Silent Voices Speak runs from April 1 though May 15 at the Herbst International Exhibition Hall in the San Francisco Presidio. Show hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. To volunteer, register for docent training, or get more information, call 415-928-2992.
Sugar n Spice n Everything Nice The exhibition Sugar n Spice n Everything Nice: Lives, Loves and Legacies of Women of Color opens March 14 and continues through April 21. These works by women of color inspire survival through their struggles, show how obstacles and stereotypes become strategies for resistance, and how these strategies have the power to subvert oppressive forces. Aissatoui Vernita, creator of Oaklands Ebony Museum, fashions jewelry and sculpture from foods that were the historic staple of slaves. Flo Oy Wong, Tomoko Negishi, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, and Jung Mee Jaime Kim show works about immigration and how it has affected their families and their psyches. Transformations of the body and materiality inspire Candi Farlice and Katherine Westerhout to poetic visions. Both Karin Turner and Yvonne Browne create works imbued with irrepressible optimism, humor and compassion born of the Black womans experience. Opening reception is on Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Pro Arts, 461 9th Street, Oakland. Programs include Womens Herstory, Part 1 and 2, March 24 and 31.
Taoism and the Arts of China This exhibition explores one of Chinas primary indigenous philosophies and religions, an understanding of which is critical to comprehending Chinese culture, historically and today. Approximately 150 works of art will be used to explore conceptual and artistic achievements in the history of Taoism, including paintings, sculpture, calligraphy, textiles, ritual objects and rare books borrowed from nearly seventy lenders in over ten countries. Significantly, 33 works will be borrowed from institutions in the Peoples Republic of China, only two of which have been previously exhibited in the West. The show runs through May 31. For museum hours and general information, call 415-379-8800 or go to www.asianart.org. (Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco)
West and Far East/ Harmony in Spirit Gallery Piazza Arts & Culture celebrates its 11th Year Anniversary Exhibition with an artists reception for Doug Coffin, Chizuru Miyasako and Koichi Tanikawa on Thursday, April 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doug Coffin is Potowatomi/Creek Native American. His art is a synthesis of colorful, modern design and traditional symbols. A native of Hiroshima, Japan, Chizuru Miyasako was born in 1947. She is a successful painter, an author with over 20 books to her credit and a well respected critic and essayist. Her most outstanding works are bright color artwork that gives us visual pleasure, and wonderful peace of mind and freedom. Koichi Tanikawa was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1938. He carries the dual challenge of being a remarkably accomplished artist and a recognized art critic and author. Tanikawas works can be found in the collections of the Tokyo and New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition continues through June10 at Gallery Piazza Arts & Culture, Sausalito Piazza Building, 819 Bridgeway, Sausalito. For more information, call 415-331-6711.
The Teachers and Artists Organization Exhibit The Teacher and Artists Organization (TAO), a collective of twelve artists who work in the Art With Elders program, announces a show of new work at the Canessa Gallery. The exhibit features paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture inspired by the artists experiences working with local nursing home residents. The TAO artists were attracted to the Art With Elders program by their desire to share their passion for art, and have found that the process of teaching and taking portrait photographs of the nursing home residents has in turn enriched their own lives and artwork. The TAO exhibit will run from April 2-27 at the Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, in San Franciscos North Beach district. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For additional information, please call 415-296-9029.
Dance Around The World Festival The Limón Dance Company celebrates its tenth consecutive year of events in San José with Dance Around the World Festival. The program brings together emerging artists and professionals to celebrate the diversity of world dance. This tribute to the heritage of dance features five world premieres choreographed by present and former members of the Limón Dance Company. This culturally enriching evening will be presented April 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. Tickets range from $12 to $18. Mexican Heritage Plaza is located at the intersection of Alum Road Road and South King Road, East San José. Box office numbers are 408-928-5564 or 1-800-MHC-VIVA.
Dancing Downtown 2001 ODC/San Francisco celebrates its 30th anniversary season, Dancing Downtown, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, April 4 - 22. This extended three-week season promises to be the unique mix of physical dynamism and choreographic eloquence that has long been a trademark of the Bay Areas leading contemporary dance company. Dancing Downtown 2001 offers three programs: five world premieres by ODCs award-winning choreographers, and six outstanding repertory favorites. Season music includes Mozart, Mark OConnor/Yo Yo Ma/Edgar Meyer, Zap Mama, legendary blues artist Dr. John, Duke Ellington, Philip Glass and live performances by the Cypress String Quartet, playing a new work by Jay Cloidt. Tickets ($15/$28/38) are on sale at the Yerba Buena Center box office 415-978-2787 or online at www.ticketweb.com.
Light Sound and Space Suzanne Gallo in association with Open Arts Circle, Oakland presents a weekend of eclectic, ambitious, aerial dance and modern impressionistic movement, in concert with the acclaimed Bay Area dance companies, Dandelion Dance and Facing East Dance and Music. Music for the event will be performed live by the noted Bay Area band, Glass House, Isadora Duncan, David Worm, Somet Yoshino Taiko Ensemble and musician Daniel Berkman. Media imagery for the program features the work of Bay Area filmmaker and Durango Film Festival winner, Juli Lasselle, set designer Richard Jue and visual artist John Jacobsen. Performances are April 13 and 14 at 8 p.m., April 15 at 7 p.m. All performances will be held at Open Arts Circle located at 530 8th Street in Oakland. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, students and children. For more information and reservations, please call 510-465-4475 or email email@example.com.
Cambodian and Laotian New Year The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Nagara Dhamma Temple will celebrate Chaul Chhnaim (Cambodian New Year) and Boon Pee Mai (Laotian New Year) on Saturday, April 7, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. This special celebration includes Cambodian monks chanting the Dharma, a special performance by Charya Burt Classical Cambodian Dance Group, Cambodian and Laotian storytelling, and a treasure hunt through the gallery. The celebration will take place inside the museums Gruhn Court and is free after museum admission. For more information, please call 415-379-8800 or visit www.asianart.org.
Get Out of Camp Produced by the National Japanese American Historical Society, this interactive exhibit gives the audience an experiential overview of what World War II was like for Japanese Americans with replicas, photographs and music. The exhibition is on display through July 31, and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (NJAHS Gallery, 1684 Post St., San Francisco. 415-921-5007.)
Godzilla West Presents: Friday Night Live Godzilla West presents Friday Night Live, a fresh new open-mike venue, which will feature Asian Pacific Islander monologue artists and comedians, as well as spoken word artists, musicians and dancers. The vision is to create a nurturing space where artists of any medium can come to express and create. The open mike will take place on the first Friday of every month at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center Oakland. For more information, call 510-208-6080. (388 9th Street, Suite 290, Oakland.)
A Hawaiian Composer and His Son Come share the aloha of the Reverend Dennis Kamakahi from Honolulu, Hawaii as he performs in concert with San Franciscos own Kapalakiko Hawaiian Band. Kamakahi works with his son, the young ukulele virtuoso, Kawika. Father and son will perform old and new compositions and will be joined onstage by a partner from Sons of Hawaii, Gary Haleamau. Doors open at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at the Riordan High School gymnasium, 175 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco. For more information and tickets, call Saichi Kawahara at 415-468-7125.
Fadjr Fadjr An Original Persian-Filipino Musical Collaboration is a carefully constructed cross-cultural collaboration that effectively demonstrates the human potential to communicate beyond, yet within, cultural boundaries. Beginning in June of 2000, Hafez Modirzadeh and Danongan Kalanduyan have been exploring a musical understanding through the tuning differences between traditional Persian and southern Filipino (Mindanao Island) musical cultures which Modirzadeh believes, plays a crucial role in bridging cultural expressions. Joining Dr. Modirzadeh and Master Kalanduyan will be Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble, with Dr. Royal Hartigan on jazz percussion and Jamsheed Agahi on Persian percussion. Fadjr (loosely translated as opening) will take place, Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m. at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center-Oakland (formerly Oakland Asian Cultural Center), which is located in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza at 388 Ninth Street, Suite 290, in downtown Oakland. Asia Pacific is a 2-block walk from 12th Street/City Center BART station. Tickets are $12 advance and $14 general admission. For more information, please call 510-208-6088.
READINGS AND LECTURES
Leading the Way On April 20, 7 to 9 p.m., in Room 169 of the Fine Arts Building, San Francisco State University, Irene Poon will present Leading the Way: Asian American Artists of the Older Generation, a book of portraits and biographic sketches to memorialize the older generation of Asian American artists who led the way to artistic independence for Poon, as well as the present day generations. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 415-391-1188 or visit www.chsa.org.
Bee The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre continues its 20th anniversary season with the world premiere of Bee by Prince Gomolvilas, directed by Arturo Catricala. Bee tells the fascinating story of a young Korean American man, who is invisible, and an older African American woman, who is the only person who can see him. In their search for a cure for his invisibility, they explode contemporary views of race, class, gender, and friendship. Part comedy, part drama, part parable, Bee is a provocative new play that dares to see the world in more than black and yellow. The play opens March 30, and runs through April 15; Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Sunday tickets are $22 ($26 for Priority Reserved Seating), Saturday tickets are $25 ($30 for Priority Reserved Seating), and Preview performance tickets are $20. Discounts available for groups, students, and senior citizens. For ticket information, call 415-474-8800. Tickets also available at all BASS outlets and at www.tickets.com. (Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter Street (@ MasonStreet, San Francisco.)
Nowhere...upon a sea of dreams Heavily influenced by the aesthetics of Antonin Artaud, Butoh and surrealism, Nemo Omen Project weaves together a unique dreamplay, drawing the viewer into the mind of Nemo. Nowhere... shows April 16 and 17, at 8 p.m., at Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa Street (between Alabama and Florida Streets), San Francisco. Wheelchair accessible. Tickets are $10 - $15 sliding scale. For more information, please call Stephen Siegel at 415-621-0507, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For reservations, call 415-621-7978.
Tales of Hoffman San Francisco Conservatory of Musics Opera Theater presents a fully staged, English-language production of Offenbachs Tales of Hoffman at Fort Mason Centers Cowell Theater, Thursday through Saturday, April 5-7, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 8, at 2 p.m. Willene Gunn directs the cast of Conservatory opera students and Monroe Kanouse conducts the Conservatory Orchestra. G.Q. Wang plays the lead of Hoffman. Based on the stories of German poet and novelist E.T.A. Hoffman, Offenbachs opera depicts Hoffmans pursuit of his artistic muse and his three lost loves: the doll Olympia, the sickly Antonia and the courtesan Giulietta. Admission is $15 general, and $10 for seniors, students, Friends of the Conservatory and Friends of the Fort. For tickets and information, call the Conservatory box office at 415-759-3475.
The Piano Lesson San Jose Repertory Theater presents August Wilsons Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Piano Lesson, directed by nationally acclaimed director Kenny Leon, through April 22. An exuberant, haunting and inspiring story of an American familys struggle to understand the true meaning of heritage. Tickets, ranging from $17 to $37 with discounts for students, seniors and groups, are available by calling the Rep box office at 408-367-7255 and by visiting the Web site at www.sjrep.com. The San Jose Repertory is located at 101 Paseo de San Antonio, between 2nd and 3rd Streets, San Jose.
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Knowable Objects The ten artists in this exhibition share an involvement with the commonplace of everyday life and the possibility of transformation, impelling materials and subjects beyond their original intent. Woo Song Bang, Liza Hennessey Botkin, Liz Chilsen, Hyun Sook Cho, Connie Goldman, Judith Foosaner, Anita Getzler, Debbie Han, Kyung Joo Kim and David Spagnolo are all part of the exhibition that commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles. (KCC, 5505 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. 323-936-7141)
More Than a Game The Japanese American National Museum presents this ongoing exhibit that tells the story of an immigrant groups journey in America through the universal theme of sport, using artifacts such as team uniforms, photographs, news clippings, interactive kiosks and videos. (Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St., Los Angeles. 213-625-0414.)
Munakata Shiko From April 4 through June 30, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents a retrospective of Munakata Shikos work. Shiko is considered one of the greatest Japanese artists of the twentieth century. He received the Imperial Order of Culture from the Japanese government, achieving a higher status than Living National Treasure. Receiving the first prize at the São Paulo Bienal in 1955 and the Grand Prix at the Venice Biennale, he was the first Japanese artist to receive international recognition in the post-war era. Through his work, Shiko brought about the general acceptance in Japan of woodblock printing as a fine art; until his time, wood block printing had been considered a production craft. The exhibition includes 128 prints, calligraphy, paintings, and ceramics primarily borrowed from the holdings of the Munakata Museum in Kamakura, established as a foundation in the artists residence and studio after his death. For more information on museum programs, please call 323-857-6035.
Superflat Superflat surveys a tendency in Japanese art, animation, fashion and graphic design towards two-dimensionality through work by 19 artists. The inaugural exhibition at the MOCA Gallery at the Pacific Design Center is on view through May 6. Organized by artist Takashi Murakami with MOCA, the exhibition will feature painting, photography, works on paper, video, computer animation, fashion, cartoons and sculpture by some of the most provocative artists working in Japan. (8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, Los Angeles. 213-621-2766)
The South Asian Travelers Festival 2001 Pacific Asia Museum presents The South Asian Travelers Festival 2001 on Saturday, April 14, from 3 to 9 p.m., a special late-evening event hosted by the Indo-American Cultural Center. All ages are invited to attend this free informative event and cultural adventure. Guests will take a virtual journey to the Indian sub-continent, as they learn what it takes to backpack through the terrain of South Asia while making a difference in peoples lives. Also featured will be a discussion on the issues, benefits, pitfalls and practical guides to volunteerism in India, and an introduction to the histories and cultures of the Indian diaspora. Pacific Asia Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and till 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The museum is located at 46 N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasedena. For more information, call 626-449-2742 x 31.
Fresh Tracks (01) The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) presents their annual Performance Art/Spoken Word Series, fresh tracks (01), featuring new, daring works by: zero 3, Byron Au Yong; Alison De La Cruz; Melinda Corazon Foley; Lela Lee (Angry Little Asian Girl); Maos Kids; Erin OBrien; and Jose Flipchild Saenz. This festival of raw, compelling, and fresh performance art, film, and spoken word runs Thursday-Saturday, April 19 - 21 at 8 p.m. at the David Henry Hwang Theater, Union Center for the Arts at 101 N. Judge John Aiso St. in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are $12 general admission, JACCC members $10, Groups $8. For tickets, call the Japan America Theatre Box Office, 213-680-3700, Monday-Saturday, 12 noon -5 p.m. or Sunday after 12 p.m. on show days.
A Dirty Secret Between the Toes Lodestone Theatre Ensembles World Premiere of A Dirty Secret Between the Toes, a comedy by Annette Lee about racism, class warfare and a forbidden passion for horticulture. This hilarious comedy is a follow-up to the successful production of American Monsters. The production is a presentation of the East L.A. College Artists-in-Residence Program and will run at the East L.A. College Little Theatre, 1301 Ave. Cesar Chavez in Monterey Park. Directed by co-artistic director Chil Kong, the play runs April 20 - May 13, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m., Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m. (except on April 21) and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., at the East LA College, Little Theatre, 1301 Ave. Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park. General ticket prices are $13. Senior and student ticket prices are $11. Group ticket prices (10 or more) are $9. For tickets and general information, call the Lodestone Theatre hotline at 323-993-7245, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please note the contents of this play include mature adult themes. Viewer discretion is advised.
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Blue-and-white Japanese Porcelain Approximately 100 pieces of exquisite Japanese porcelain grace the gallery at the Seattle Art Museum in Hirado Porcelain of Japan from the Kurtzman Collection. The exhibition runs through July 8. Museum hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursdays until 9 p.m. (1400 E. Prospect St., Volunteer Park, Seattle)
Signs of Fortune, Symbols of Immortality This installation of Japanese hanging scrolls, screens and textiles features works from the 17th through 20th centuries. Museum hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays until 9 p.m. (Seattle Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Volunteer Park, Seattle)
The Art of Protest A cross-cultural exhibition of works from Seattle Asian Art Museums collection that use a wide range of media and visual imagery to make social comment, address political issues and advocate for change. For more information, call 206-654-3100 (SAAM, Volunteer Park, 14th Avenue at East Prospect St.)
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Third World Newsreel Applications are now available for the 2001 Film & Video Production Workshop at Third World Newsreel. An application and general information about the workshop are available on the Web site www.twn.org under Artist Services. If you have any questions, call 212-947-9277 x 301 or email email@example.com.
Tadashi Kawamata: Boston Project, Plan in Progress As part of a collaboration among several Boston area colleges and universities, the Harvard University Art Museum will bring acclaimed Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata to the Sert Gallery at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, to transform it into a working studio where approximately twenty students will be assigned specific design tasks in the research and planning of one or more site-specific public structures to be built in the Boston area next year. Through April 30, the gallery is showcasing drawings, photographs, posters, catalogues, and video documentation of earlier Kawamata projects, while also serving as a working studio for the research and planning of these future projects. For more information on the project, call Matthew Barone at 617-495-2397. For general information about the museum, call 617-495-9400.
Celebration of the First Decade Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. is pleased to announce an exhibition and sale titled Celebration of the First Decade Ceramic Art by Japanese & Americans at 24 West 57th Street, suite 607. This exhibition runs through April 14. The carefully selected works are mostly in the orbit of tea ceremony, from the Six Ancient Kiln sites of Japan, and of Chinese and Korean cultural legacy. Dai Ichi Arts also discovers American talents, who create wonders in the same aesthetic and value with quintessential American spirit. For more information, please call 212-262-2330.
Living Heritage From now until June 10, China Institute presents Living Heritage: Vernacular Environment in China. Originating in Hong Kong, this exhibition features photographs, furniture and architectural components depicting living environments from different regions of China. The Chinese house is viewed as a microcosm of Chinese society, representing its organization, economy, technology, traditions, beliefs and aspirations. (China Institute, 125 East 65th Street, New York City. 212-744-8181. www.chinainstitute.org)
Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents A new exhibition featuring rare artifacts and documentary materials illustrating Tibetan society and history will be on view for the first time in New York at the Paine Webber Art Gallery from April 12 - June 22. Drawn from the unrivaled Tibetan collection of The Newark Museum, Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents explores the ancient culture of Tibet through artifacts and ornaments of the aristocracy, herders and traders dating back to the 13th century, as well as a documentary film and photographs from the early 1900s. Paine Webbers Corporate Headquarters, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, between 51st and 52nd Street, New York City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. For recorded information, call 212-713-2885.
Tong Zhi/Comrade: Out in Asia America The first one-person exhibition by New York-based, Hong Kong-born artist Ken Chu, who has a fascinating background of travel and activism. Tong Zhi/Comrade brings the discourse of sexual orientation into our communities, and looks at what might be a safe public space for Asian Americans in Chinatowns, Koreatowns, Manilatowns, Little Tokyos, Little Saigons and Little Bombays across the country. Exhibition runs through April 14. (Museum of Chinese Americas, 70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor, New York.)
Mixing It Up American Museum of Natural History Department of Education presents Asian Pacific America: Mixing It Up April 2001, co-sponsored by The Asian American Writers Workshop. In recognition of Asian Pacific American heritage, the museum presents films, lectures and performances that voice perspectives on mixed heritage, collapsing the myth of the monolithic Asian Pacific American identity, April 6-8, April 21-22 and April 28-29. On Friday, April 6 only, the Museum presents a special program: A Box within a Box: Multiple Heritages in Spoken Word, at the Linder Theater, first floor, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Asian Pacific American writers Sabrina Margarita Alcantara-Tan, Bruna Mori, and Beverly Thompson Yuen of mixed heritage read their work and share their experiences. A panel discussion will follow, moderated by Jesse Bandung Heiwa, negotiating such topics as how being biracial/multiracial has affected their writing and how they choose to identify themselves. This program is free with suggested museum admission. Seating is limited and is on a first-come-first-serve basis. For further information, call the museums department of education at 212-769-5315, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Program information is also available on the museum Web site at http://www.amnh/education/. Click on Multicultural Programs.
Juilliard Highlights On Tuesday, April 17 at 8 p.m. in the Alice Tully Hall, Joel Sachs leads the New Juilliard Ensemble in its final concert in the season. This concert features the United States premiere of Younghi Pagh-Paans Ta Kyong (1987-88), Franghiz Ali-Zadehs Silk Road (1999), and Julian Andersons Alhambra Fantasy (1999-2000). The program for the concert also includes the New York premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnages Kai (1989-90). Free tickets are available at the Juilliard box office, beginning April 3. For more information, please call 212-769-7406 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
READINGS AND LECTURES
Garden of Export Delights Asian American Arts Alliance and the Asian Pacific American Studies Program at New York University present an evening with artist Swati Khurana. In conjunction with her graduate thesis exhibition, Garden of Export Delights, Khurana gives a talk focused on her process of working in sculpture, video and installationin order to investigate construction of India, on Thursday, April 12, 6 to 8 p.m. Discussion will be moderated by Edwin T. Ramoran, assistant curator at the Brooklyn Museum of the Arts. NYU A/P/A Studies is located at 269 Mercer Street, Suite 609. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition is on view through May 11. For further information, please call 2112-998-3700 or fax 212-995-4705.
SLANT Across America 2001 SLANT will be touring across the country in April-May 2001. And they can drive right into your city, right into your town, right to your campus auditorium, as they make their way from New York City to Los Angeles. Do you want to get on the bus with SLANT? Then write back right away if your group is interested in hosting a live performance of their critically-acclaimed Big Dicks, Asian Men, as part of their unprecedented and historic SLANT Across America 2001 film-making tour. Thats right! You can see SLANT perform live and you can be part of their docu-performance film. The schedule: Kick-off performance March 29-April 1, La Mama Theater, New York City. The SLANTmobile hits the road, beginning the week of April 2, driving all the way to the West coast. Los Angeles show; April 28 at the East-West Players, David Henry Hwang Theater. Return trip through mid-May. Contact www.slantperformancegroup.com, 212-714-7189 or 212-736-2246 for performance and booking information.
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