June 18, 2009 - Asia Society Museum - Summer Exhibitions
June 18, 2009

Summer Exhibitions

Yang Fudong (born 1971, China)
Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Part I of V
2003
35mm black-and-white film transferred to DVD, sound. 29 minutes, 22 seconds
Asia Society, New York: Promised gift of Harold and Ruth Newman
Image courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai

Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest, through September 9
Sight Unseen: Video from Afghanistan and Iran, through September 13

725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-6400

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This summer, Asia Society Museum exhibits three compelling video works by artists Yang Fudong (China), Rahraw Omarzad (Afghanistan), and Seifollah Samadian (Iran).

Shanghai-based artist Yang Fudong’s five-part cinematic masterpiece Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest is shown in its entirety for the first time in a U.S. museum. While referencing the Seven Sages, a popular subject in traditional Chinese art, the artist imbues a film noir aesthetic into this mesmerizing black-and-white film. The New York Times states, Yang Fudong “creates sequences of images that are like perfectly composed Modernist photographs.” This exhibition is curated by Melissa Chiu and Miwako Tezuka, Asia Society. An eighty-four page book accompanies the exhibition, and is available at AsiaStore.

For more information, visit www.asiasociety.org/yangfudong/

Sight Unseen: Video from Afghanistan and Iran features work by Rahraw Omarzad and Seifollah Samadian. Both artists are ardent supporters of artistic independence in their home countries. Although the works are stylistically different, Sight Unseen reveals these two artists’ intense exploration of the human condition. Omarzad is one of Afghanistan’s foremost experimental artists and established the Center for Contemporary Art Afghanistan (CCAA), the only not-for-profit arts organization in the country. Samadian is highly regarded internationally and has worked with celebrated film directors such as Abbas Kiarostami and Martin Scorsese. His filmic works often document everyday scenes from his homeland. This exhibition is curated by Miwako Tezuka. For more information, visit muslimvoicesfestival.org/event/sight-unseen-video-afghanistan-and-iran

Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-6400

AsiaSociety.org

Hours and Admission
Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Friday, 11:00 am-9:00 pm
From July 1 through Labor Day, Friday until 6:00 pm.
Closed Monday and major holidays.

Major support for Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest has been provided by Harold and Ruth Newman. Additional support is provided by the Sheryl and Charles R. Kaye Endowment for Contemporary Art Exhibitions and Asia Society’s Contemporary Art Council.

Major support for Sight Unseen: Video from Afghanistan and Iran is provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Sight Unseen is part of Muslim Voices: Arts and Ideas, a city-wide festival organized by Asia Society, BAM, and the NYU Center for Dialogues.

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