Dancing on Waverly
San Francisco Chinatown
Drop in on June 3rd, 1-5pm to the 4th Annual Dancing on Waverly festival on Waverly Pl for a free, fun-filled afternoon of dancing and music! The toe-tapping festival is a part of “Building Our Town,” a new movement to anchor a series of powerful arts initiatives to activate and build community in 2017 throughout Chinatown and San Francisco. Dancing on Waverly will feature an eclectic mix of dance styles from traditional Chinese folk dance to tap. Come on out to enjoy the performances and learn a few moves yourself!
Iron Lotus Productions
Chinese Folk Dance Association
House of Prolific
Portsmouth Square Dance Club
Montage Dance Productions
Emcee: Maggie Wong
For more information, contact Darin Ow-wing, [email protected] or call 415-986-1822.
Lam Tung-pang: The Curiosity Box
CCC Gallery: 750 Kearny St, 3F
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 – 4 PM
San Francisco – This summer the Chinese Culture Foundation is proud to present Hong Kong artist and 2013 Asian Cultural Council Fellow, Lam Tung-pang who will debut his Curiosity Box in the U.S.
The Curiosity Box is an experiment originated in Lam Tung-pang’s apartment during his recent artist residency in the US. The project reflects the artist’s attempt to turn his living space into a creative lab for documenting and sharing his internal psyche with the public.
As one of the most important rising stars from the Pacific region, Lam’s work demonstrates how an individual navigates and negotiates in a constantly changing environment. The captivating illustrations veil the critical distance the artist creates between realities. Chinese Culture Foundation’s Curator and Artistic Director, Abby Chen says the following about the program: “Without compromising sensitivity and imagination, Lam injects a fresh energy to ignite the cultural conversation for our city and Hong Kong. His unique perspective of surroundings is what we look forward the most this summer.” Lam will also donate a new piece to the Chinese Culture Foundation inspired by the city of San Francisco.
The title sponsor for The Curiosity Box is the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco and the project is made possible by Asian Cultural Council, The Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Grants for the Arts, and the San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission.
The Curiosity Box The exhibition is on view Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-4pm at the Chinese Culture Center 750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor (inside the Hilton Hotel). Admission to the gallery is free. For more information, please visit www.c-c-c.org or call 415-986-1822
About Lam Tung-pang:
Lam Tung-pang was born in Hong Kong and currently lives and works there. He studied Fine Art at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with an MA at Central St. Martins College of Art in London. He has been awarded numerous scholarship and awards, including Arts Scholarship from Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2003) and Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards (2009). Lam has exhibited worldwide and has exhibited in both private and public collections, including the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Deutsche Bank, and commissioned work by the Hong Kong Legislative Council. He is traveling in the US on an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, producing work derived from his time within American cultural institutions and museums, and continuing to incorporate his knowledge and observations into his practice.
About the Chinese Culture Foundation:
The mission of the Chinese Culture Foundation is to influence culture through art and education. The Foundation itself as a platform for self expression and innovation, promoting insight and inspiration through cross-cultural experiences. Since 1981, the Foundation has increasingly developed programs of contemporary relevance while continuing to explore, envision, and connect progressive perspectives on Chinese and Chinese American art and heritage.
The title sponsor for The Curiosity Box is the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco and the project is made possible by Asian Cultural Council, The Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, and the San Francisco Foundation.
Lam Tung-pang won a prestigious award following last year’s The Curiosity Box exhibition at the Chinese Culture Center. He was awarded the best Visual Art Artist of the year in Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2013.
The Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau
Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
On the Edge of Culture
March 15. Reception on April 5
On the Edge of Culture is a group exhibition that presents an experimental take on culture with interpretations from the 1.5 generation taking part in the contemporary Chinese art scene. The exhibit’s inclusion of 1.5 generation artists—artists having a foothold in two or more cultures—features Artist-in-Residence Carol Koffel, with Stella Zhang, Jiang Xueman, Liang Liting, Liu Yin, and a video exchange with Fei Contemporary Art Center in Shanghai.Carol Koffel has spent the last three months at the CCC as our inaugural Artist in Residence. In the show, she is challenged to incorporate community elements into her work and experiment with culture and 1.5 generation.
CCC is proud to partner with Fei Contemporary Art Center (FCAC) in Shanghai to promote a cross-cultural video exchange for artists in the FCAC Video Project. Selected artists’ videos will be shown at the CCC in San Francisco, at FCAC in Shanghai, and at Bamboo Curtain Studio in Taipei. Videos will also be submitted for national and international exhibitions.
For more information on how to apply, see the 2012 application.
For all US participants, please send your videos to:
Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
Attn: FCAC Video Project
750 Kearny St, Floor 3
San Francisco, CA 94108
For questions, please email [email protected]
CHROMATIC CONSTRUCTIONS: Contemporary Fiber Art by Dora Hsiung
Exhibition Date: 9.12.2009 – 1.10.2010
Workshop: 9.12.2009 at 2 pm
The art of Dora Hsiung at initial impact is straightforward and unabashedly decorative, yet upon analysis it proves to contain subtleties to engage the eye and the mind. Her fabric sculptures look – and are – mathematically organized. Like a well-constructed fugue, a Hsiung work alters its tone and its counterpoint subtly as it moves from side to side, from top to bottom. Now and then there is a dissonant thread, which serves to accent the harmony of the whole.
“Don’t miss: ‘Chromatic Constructions’” – Mary Eisenhart, Thursday, October 22, 2009, 96 Hours
「鮮銳」是舊金山中華文化中心的藝術家個展系列，2008年首屆「鮮銳」展系列為裝置藝術家劉北立，該系列強調「新鮮」、「敏銳」視野，展出最新或未曾發表的創作，推出卓越但尚未被廣泛認識的華人藝術家，將提供觀者對當代中華文化的全新視野。2008 – 2010「鮮銳」由Phyllis C. Wattis基金會資助。
The Chinese Culture Center is proud to present the Xian Rui Artist Excellence Series. Xian Rui (translated from Mandarin as “Fresh and Sharp”) exudes the timing, content, and quality of work that the selected artists in this series aim to capture. Regardless of age, gender, and brand of technique, the featured artists’ exhibitions will ultimately showcase as both products and reflections of the evolving cross-cultural and transnational culture.
The constant goal for this progressing collection is to discover and acknowledge exceptional solo artists who would otherwise be underrepresented, under recognized, and underappreciated in our art community. Beyond such, the sheer nature of this program will challenge and push the artists, helping them hone their talents and helping us build a foundation for renewed appreciation and fresh perspective on contemporary Chinese art.
Following the overwhelmingly well-received debut of Xian Rui last year with artist Beili Liu (Lure, 2008), we are pleased to continue the series with our 2009 artist, Dora Hsiung and her showcase, Chromatic Construction. Among her fellow applicants’ entries, Dora Hsiung’s artwork not only emanated the rarely-found meticulous dedication to the fiber art and weaving discipline, but also provided a refreshing take on the art form in such a way that aesthetically and emotionally connects the artist to the viewer.
With such a practiced craft as weaving, artists young and old find great difficulty breaking away from the said and done and interpreting the art form anew. Dora Hsiung’s craft indeed does just that. Her three-dimensional artwork, between the waffle technique and an underlying variation of modular origami, utilizes the mathematical approach to construct depth, angle, and shape on the one hand, and borrows from the warmth of subtlety that one can only feel from using such materials as paper and soft yarn on the other.
Her distinct style must have inevitably taken form through her personal experience as a Shanghai-born, Brazil-emigrated, Boston resident. Her sculptures are enriched with the learned Chinese and Japanese weave craft, bold South American use of colors, and pinpoint American precision and industriousness. She brilliantly refines aggressive colors and rugged materials into smooth shapes that still burst with energy and life with a pantone-inspired range of vibrancy. Hsiung is the epitome of a global artist and we are privileged to exhibit her first ever large-scale show in the United States.
Abby Chen, Curator
The wall hangings remind us of the colorist silkscreen prints of Viktor Vasarely, but they add the intrigue of the third dimension with its illusions of motion and vibrant gradations. In these pieces, Hsiung uses the basic element of fabric – colored wool yarn – in an original way. Not exactly woven, her strands build and interlock into forms of depth and complexity, combining formality of organization with warmth. She calls the very smallest works “waffle-weave.”
Part of the Chinese Culture Center’s “Xian Rui” (“fresh sharp”) exhibition series, Hsiung’s is the first fiber art to appear here. Director Abby Chen states, “Her works embody the diverse experience as a Chinese woman artist who has lived on multiple continents, enriching her vision and perspectives…That her works do not bear the symbols that indicate her ethnicity is what today’s Chinese artist is all about.”
A native of Shanghai, Hsiung was born Nan-son Lee in 1939. When China succumbed to Communist control, her entrepreneur father moved the family to Hong Kong for five years and then to Brazil. He saw to it that all 10 of the children attended college; Nan-son (now called Dora) received a degree in commercial art and design at the University of Illinois.
For a time after her marriage, Dora Hsiung was a silk-screen printmaker. Experimenting with off-loom weaving, Hsiung modified with wool the traditional Chinese “zong zi” – silk winding over small tetrahedron paper foldings – and also worked with the popular form of the “god’s eye” – a weaving formed on a pair of crossed sticks – producing small works that proved popular. She moved on to weaving large tapestries on a 60-inch loom, receiving commissions from corporations who found her work looked high-tech but had a softening effect on their contemporary buildings.
The largest “waffles” she produces are 40×40 inches. For larger installations, Hsiung combines a number of them. She has a double, reinforced wooden stretcher custom-built for each weaving; without reinforcement, her taut stringing would warp the plane of the square. The stretcher remains as part of the work. She has devised an apparatus that holds the frame but enables her to turn it over and over quickly. Each time she changes color she must knot the thread and hide the knot; to achieve her chromic gradations she changes color with almost every strand.
Hsiung has experimented with other shapes and forms: circles, triangles, cubes, tetrahedrons, spheres and huge mock candles. The wall hangings remain her most accessible work. Their infinite variety and consistent aesthetic make it hard to choose among them.
Article by Marty Carlock, Contributing Editor, SCULPTURE MAGAZINE
The Xian Rui (Fresh and Sharp) exhibition series for 2008-2010 is funded by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. Other support provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, the members of Chinese Culture Center and individual supporters. 2009 Exhibition is co-sponsored by Hilton Hotel of San Francisco Financial District.
「色‧立體」展由位於三藩市金融區的希爾頓酒店協辦。2008-2010年度鮮銳系列展覽由Phylis C. Watfis基金會贊助。同時感謝來自藝術基金、三藩酒店稅收基金、中華文化中心會員及其他個人的支持。
Fiber Art Workshop with Dora Hsiung.
Date: September 12, 2009
Location: 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor San Francisco
Material Fee: $10.00
On September 12, 2009, artist Dora Hsiung welcomed twenty participants to her intimate workshop. For about two hours, Dora shared her skills and experience, and taught adults and children alike the art of wrapping.