October 2, 2017 - Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) - Asia Contemporary Art Week 2017
October 2, 2017

Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW)

View of Song Dong, Eating the City in Beijing, 2003. © Song Dong. Courtesy of Pace Beijing.

Asia Contemporary Art Week 2017
October 5–26, 2017

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The 12th edition of New York City-based curatorial and educational platform Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) kicks-off in three days with over 30 cutting-edge exhibitions, public programs & other evening festivities held across ACAW Consortium Partner museums and galleries, culminating with two signature programs curated by ACAW Director Leeza Ahmady: the annual art forum FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects and citywide exhibitions THINKING PROJECTS: Pop-Ups 

FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects: October 14–15, 10am–6pm 
Hosted at Asia Society & SVA Theatre

This year, in an attempt to deconstruct the term “project” in the life of artists and art professionals, the celebrated forum invites 25 compelling creative figures to stage performances, lecture-performances, and talks tackling various topics in the realm of visual arts, art history, science, social history, architecture, mythology, film, folklore, subculture, and much more. Transcending standard educational symposia to emulate the experience of a studio visit on a communal scale, the forum facilitates meaningful exchanges while sparking future collaborations between over 400 Asia- and US-based arts professionals. 

Registration required here.

Presenters include:
Nancy Adajania
 (Bombay), Meitha Al Mazrooei (Dubai), Marwa Arsanios (Beirut), Nadiah Bamadhaj (Jogjakarta), Laura Barlow (Doha), Hera Chan (Hong Kong & Montreal), Yin-Ju Chen (Taipei), Tiffany Chung (Ho Chi Minh City), Dai Guangyu (Beijing), Junod Etienne (New York), Simon Fujiwara (Berlin), Joyce Ho (Taipei), Hu Weiyi (Shanghai), Taus Makhacheva (Makhachkala & Moscow), Kingsley Ng (Hong Kong), Bruce Quek (Singapore), Suhanya Raffel (Hong Kong), Marat Raiymkulov (Bishkek), Yuliya Sorokina (Almaty), Abdullah M.I. Syed (Karachi & Sydney), Philip Tinari (Beijing), Hajra Waheed (Montreal), Adrian Wong (Hong Kong & Los Angeles), Brian Kuan Wood (New York), among others

For FIELD MEETING speaker profiles and synopses, click here. A full schedule is now available on acaw.info.

The series of solo pop-up exhibitions spotlights long-term process-oriented artistic endeavors and the growing vibrancy of ACAW’s Asia-based consortium community, including a special co-presentation of projects by three contemporary Chinese artists as part of Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) inaugural Creative China Festival in New York, featuring Li Jun (Shanghai), Yu Fan (Beijing), and Song Dong (Beijing) who invites the public to view and feast on his ongoing world-travelled installation Eating the City built from thousands of edible biscuits, crackers, and sweets at Mana Contemporary on the occasion of their Open House on October 15 (6-8pm).

Other pop-ups opening in New York Chelsea galleries on October 12 include drawings, paintings, and multimedia installations by Nadiah Bamadhaj (Jogjakarta), Irfan Önürmen (Istanbul), and Sumakshi Singh (Delhi) at C24 Gallery, and Yang Xin’s (Beijing) series of multimedia works at Klein Sun Gallery; and on October 21st Guo Hongwei’s (Beijing) new water-color paintings and Judy Blum-Reddy’s (New York) drawings at Chambers Fine Art. In collaboration with Asia-based Consortium Partners: Exhibit320 (New Delhi), Richard Koh Fine Art (Kuala Lumpur), and Space Station (Beijing).

Highlights across consortium partner venues
An exceptional three-week program dedicated to exhibition openings and public programs across New York City including a rare screening of Arakawa's experimental film; a panel discussion focusing on immigration policies, ban, and their effect on artistic discourse and practice; a discussion on the state of global collecting with Uli Sigg; a full-day US-China cultural forum featuring ACAW Participants Guo Hongwei, Li Jun, Song Dong, Yang Xin, moderated by Christopher Ho; the largest survey exhibition in North America of Chinese contemporary art from 1989–2008 curated by Alexandra Munroe, Philip Tinari, and Hou Hanru; major exhibitions exploring cultural repercussions in Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand; performance by Dinh Q. Le and Tintin Wulia; the largest solo exhibition to-date of Patty Chang; major retrospective of Raghubir Singh; solo exhibitions by prominent artists working inside and outside of Asia including G.R. Iranna; Stephanie Syjuco; Ronald VenturaDai Guangyu; Yang Jiechang; Hiroshi SugimotoTiffany Chung; Noriko and Ushio Shinohara; Dina Gadia; and many others.

Also launching in October is second issue of ACAW’s online journal, FIELD REVIEW: Middle East. In collaboration with ArteEast, guest edited by Osman Can Yerebakan, with case studies by Ruba Katrib, Maymanah Farhat, Yasaman Alipour, Chayma Drira, f-architecture, and Edwin Nasr & Bassem Saad.

For a full ACAW 2017 agenda and list of participating US and Asia-based Consortium Partner museums & galleries visit acaw.info.

Consortium partners / participants:
Asia Society Museum / ArteEast / Asia Art Archive in America / Japan Society / Metropolitan Museum of Art / MoMA / Queens Museum / Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) & New York City Department of Cultural Affairs / SVA MA Curatorial Practice / Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Taipei Cultural Center / Twelve Gates Arts / +91 Foundation / Reversible Destiny Foundation / Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery / Aicon Gallery / C24 Gallery / Chambers Fine Art / Christie’s / DAG Modern / Doosan Gallery / Klein Sun Gallery / Mana Contemporary / Owen James Gallery / Ronin Gallery / Roya Khadjavi Projects / Ryan Lee Gallery / Sundaram Tagore Gallery / Tyler Rollins Fine Art / Ab/Anbar (Tehran) / Alserkal Avenue (Dubai) / Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation / Exhibit320 (New Delhi) / Edouard Malingue Gallery (Hong Kong) / Ink Studio (Beijing) / M+ (Hong Kong) / Richard Koh Fine Art (Kuala Lumpur) / Space Station (Beijing)

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