Asian American Arts Centre

Asian American Arts Centre Website: www.artspiral.org
Blog: http://artspiral.blogspot.com
Digital Archive: www.artasiamerica.org Asian American Arts Centre brings cultural events in contemporary visual art to the general public.

It aims for creative vitality by engaging other communities and concerns in a creative encounter. With roots in Basement Workshop and founded in 1974 as a not-for-profit Pan-Asian community arts organization, the Arts Centre has come to see the arts in their historical, and spiritual relationship to diverse neighborhoods. Address:
111 Norfolk Street, New York NY 10002

Tel: 212.233.2154 | Office Hours: M-F 1230pm-630pm

Email: [email protected]

The opening reception at Pearl River on Broadway for the Corky On My Mind exhibition, curated by Chee Wang Ng. Opened la...
06/11/2021

The opening reception at Pearl River on Broadway for the Corky On My Mind exhibition, curated by Chee Wang Ng. Opened last night; a wonderful event, as you can see! Runs from June 11-August 29, 2021.

The surprising reason behind Chinatown's aestheticVox Missing Chapter  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiX3hTPGoCg Its g...
06/01/2021
The surprising reason behind Chinatown's aesthetic

The surprising reason behind Chinatown's aesthetic
Vox Missing Chapter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiX3hTPGoCg

Its good to see this side of our community’s past come to light, however there is so much that is left to question. I remember when as part of the Chinatown Working Group we did a survey of the buildings in Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown a few years ago, particularly those buildings with ‘ancient’ exterior elements/ ornaments, the interiors of those with extended balconies had a large open space and other spatial aspects that seem very Chinese. This made sense since the inside was likely designed for Chinese rather than tourists.

When I think of CCBA, the Chinese Benevolent Association and the traditional social structure they maintained for decades, such interiors clearly served their purpose in holding to the values of a Chinese social order within the communities where they exercised authority. In this sense the ‘ancient’ exterior elements served as a way of effecting how Chinese people and the terrain they occupy are perceived. An intentional filter that enabled a façade, a mask and the mystique and the bewilderment that lived behind it.

‘The Gold Mountain’ meme may have sparked Chinese immigration here midst all the upheavals and traumas of that century, but it was not white supremacy that brought us here. The cultural dynamics that lay in our past did not come from Europe.

“This nation will become Sinicized or it will remain Christian”. It is statements of this portent in 1882, not just financial gain that brought the Exclusion Act into law. As I understand it.
The question we have not asked is why. Can history tell us -
why anti-Asian violence?

In the days of Marco Polo when the pope of that era issued an edict declaring Ancestor Worship taboo, does that help us as Asian Americans today, offer clues as to why? When Indigenous peoples and their ways are studied today by those who seek insight into how to live for generations sustainably, does their inquiry offer us clues into the gap between the mentality we have come to adopt and our father’s and grandfather’s who sought to establish a ‘welcoming place’, an island with its own Chinese beliefs and order.

What most of us have come to take for granted, this cultural gap and all the social and war traumas that generated it, have a role to play in this discussion of memes, aesthetics, perceptions & violence. Can violence be addressed if we understand it? More needs to be explored. Perhaps it will even offer clues as to how to live sustainably; how a community can live sustainably.
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These remarks were sparked by Think!Chinatown’s interest in AAAC Exhibition – the Reintegration of Tradition into Contemporary Art. http://artspiral.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-asian-american-arts-centre-its.html )

Bob Lee , Asian American Arts Centre

The iconic "Chinatown" look started as a survival strategy.Have an idea for a story we should investigate for Missing Chapter? Tell us! http://bit.ly/2RhjxMy...

We championed Lily in the 80s
05/29/2021

We championed Lily in the 80s

This classical Chinese landscape demonstrates a celebrated artistic style that can be traced back to the great tenth-century master Juran. It was executed when Lily Yeh was still a senior in college, just months before coming to study in Philadelphia. Yeh was professor of painting and art history at the University of the Arts for 30 years and founded The Village of Arts and Humanities which continues to promote community building through the arts. #AAPImonth #AAPI #AAPIHeritageMonth

"Landscape," 1963, by Lily Yeh http://ow.ly/h2mB30rIXfE

04/09/2021

“Alienation as we find it in modern society is almost total… Man has created a world of man-made things as it never existed before. He has constructed a complicated social machine to administer the technical machine he built. The more powerful and gigantic the forces are which he unleashes, the more powerless he feels himself as a human being. He is owned by his creations, and has lost ownership of himself.”

—Erich Fromm

You would think that such a film could never be done.  Artists are incredible creatures, like octopuses, all  part of th...
03/05/2021
‘My Octopus Teacher’ Stuns Audiences, Reinforces Power of Nature

You would think that such a film could never be done. Artists are incredible creatures, like octopuses, all part of the larger presence of the sea.

In his latest documentary, "My Octopus Teacher," free diver and filmmaker Craig Foster tells a unique story about his friendship and bond with an octopus in a kelp forest in Cape Town, South Africa.The film follows Foster as he battles career exhaustion and depression by going for daily swims in the...

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/corky-lee-photographer-obit-intl-hnk/index.htmlCorky Lee, an award-winning photographe...
01/28/2021
Corky Lee, legendary Asian American photographer, dies at 73

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/corky-lee-photographer-obit-intl-hnk/index.html
Corky Lee, an award-winning photographer who captured the everyday lives and political activism of the Asian American community, has died at the age of 73 after battling Covid-19…(excerpts) His photography began in junior high, when he saw a famous 1869 photograph commemorating the completion of the transcontinental railroad, according to the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University. But the photo, purportedly showing railroad workers, contained no Chinese workers -- despite there being an estimated 15,000 Chinese laborers contributing to its construction.
The photo's apparent erasure of Chinese workers inspired Lee's future work: a lifetime of photographing Asian Americans and cementing their representation in history. In one of his most famous works, he gathered a group of Chinese Americans and descendants of Chinese railroad laborers to recreate the 1868 photograph in the same original location.
He also captured other historic moments of social and political upheaval; his photos covered antiwar protests, fair housing issues, the gentrification of Chinatown, Islamophobia after 9/11, and more. His work became more widely recognized after 1975, when he captured large-scale protests against police brutality, following the beating of a Chinese American at the hands of New York police officers.
In another well-known instance, Lee photographed furious demonstrations in 1983, sparked by the murder of Vincent Chin and the light sentence for his killers -- a turning point for Asian American civil rights in the following decades.
His dedication to documenting racial injustice, its consequences and the community's resistance continued until the end, with recent work focusing on attacks toward Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the family's statement.
A film about his life and work, "Photographic Justice: The Corky Lee Story," was in production at the time of his death.
"When I think about my past, what stands out most is how hard and how long the journey has been," "The pursuit of photographic justice, you have to keep going on because there's so much that needs to be done," he adds.

Corky Lee, an award-winning photographer who captured the everyday lives and political activism of the Asian American community, has died at the age of 73 after battling Covid-19.

Timeline Photos
01/23/2021

Timeline Photos

Sketch: #berniemittens. @berniesanders #artist #artistsoninstagram #origami #origamiart #josephwuorigami #josephwu #paperart #paperartist #paperartistcollective

"White supremacists like Angeli pose as Indians in order to create an image of themselves as inseparable from the land i...
01/20/2021
The Capitol Rioter Dressed Up as a Native American Is Part of a Long Cultural History of 'Playing Indian.' We Ignore It at Our Peril

"White supremacists like Angeli pose as Indians in order to create an image of themselves as inseparable from the land itself. They imitate Indigenous people and they justify their actions by imagining themselves as the natural heirs to a land retroactively emptied of Native Americans.... This is
an attempt to seize power by erasing people who never left. "
https://news.artnet.com/opinion/native-capitol-rioter-1937684

To understand the many dangers posed by the Capitol riots, we must explore the symbolism behind the way they present themselves.

https://www.straitstimes.com/life/entertainment/asian-american-film-makers-slam-treatment-of-minari?fbclid=IwAR23G_jReLu...
12/29/2020
Asian-American film-makers slam treatment of Minari

https://www.straitstimes.com/life/entertainment/asian-american-film-makers-slam-treatment-of-minari?fbclid=IwAR23G_jReLuOoJybOzTGdeAoVcihW8VuWhZLRa3Dz5q9bnWB70CswVuGs4A

LOS ANGELES • Asian-American film-makers last week expressed dismay that the American movie, Minari, will compete for honours at next year's Golden Globes in the foreign language category, instead of the higher-profile best drama field.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Back When It Was Said To Me I Had No Right …Recalling some exhibitions and memories:I was born and raised in Newark NJ i...
12/20/2020
Back When It Was Said To Me I Had No Right...

Back When It Was Said To Me I Had No Right …
Recalling some exhibitions and memories:
I was born and raised in Newark NJ in the Black, Puerto Rican and downtown neighborhood, apart from the Chinatown that barely existed back then. My family’s laundry was four blocks from the area where the riots of 1968 broke out. When Black students took over the law building on Rutgers local campus I was with them. When many years later my father mentioned that someone came by .....
This illustrated article can be read here:

Recalling some exhibitions and memories: I was born and raised in Newark NJ in the Black, Puerto Rican and downtown neighborhood, apart ...

Back When It Was Said To Me I Had No Right.… Recalling some exhibitions and memories:I was born and raised in Newark NJ ...
11/30/2020
Back When It Was Said To Me I Had No Right...

Back When It Was Said To Me I Had No Right.…


Recalling some exhibitions and memories:

I was born and raised in Newark NJ in the Black, Puerto Rican, and downtown neighborhood, apart from the Chinatown that barely existed back then. My family’s laundry was four blocks from the area where the riots of 1968 broke out. When Black students took over the law building on Rutgers local campus I was with them. When many years later my father mentioned that someone came by the laundry, said something was going to happen that ….

Continue reading this illustrated article on AAAC Blog-
http://artspiral.blogspot.com/2020/11/v-behaviorurldefaultvmlo.html

Recalling some exhibitions and memories: I was born and raised in Newark NJ in the Black, Puerto Rican and downtown neighborhood, apart ...

11/12/2020

Wonderful

From a honeycomb to the bud of a flower to the neural network of the brain, all forms of life are composed of intricate ...
11/04/2020
Sacred Geometry: Across the Silk Road II — Yangchenma Arts & Music

From a honeycomb to the bud of a flower to the neural network of the brain, all forms of life are composed of intricate patterns underlined by a basic matrix. Everything in the universe is connected. Through Sacred Geometry we can trace patterns of creation and by contemplating it we can relax our sense of unity in the perfection of chaos and order.
Sacred Geometry is a vision - by understanding life through all of its creation, we realize that sacredness is all around us, from the new formation of a life cell to the decomposing organic bodies. Drawing geometry aligns our mental function, our emotional hearts and the energy of action to the purpose of opening to that sacred space, beauty and serenity.
In this weekly course, we will learn the construction of basic geometry going through all division of two to ten. In each of our four meetings we will be guided step by step through the process of starting the drawing of a mandala from a blank paper through the coloring.
In the Across the Silk Road series we learn the principles of geometric construction and how to combine repeating motifs to create a beautiful tessellation as it is done with big panels and tiles. All mandalas are inspired by the deep wisdom and vision of the Middle Eastern traditions, which is elaborated in its architecture and various expressions of art from Morocco all the way to India.
You are invited to take the benefits of line concentration as a meditation of awareness opening up the senses to enjoy the joy of finishing up with beautiful colors.
Wednsdays November 18th & 25th, December 2nd & 9th 1pm $80.
Tiffani Gyatso is an artist from Brazil who focused her studies on the sacred expressions of art from different cultures. She specialized in traditional Tibetan Thangka painting, which she learned in India at the Norbulingka Institute from the years 2003-2006 and later furthered her studies at the Prince School of Traditional Arts in London where she studied sacred Geometry of the Middle East. Today she runs her own art retreat center at the Atelier YabYum at the mountains of Brazil.
https://www.yangchenma.org/events/sacred-geometry-120220

Four Week Course with Tiffani Gyatso Class 3 of 4

The 20 organizations are: Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Apollo Theater, Arab Americ...
10/22/2020
Sixteen Major Donors and Foundations Commit Unprecedented $156 Million to Support Black, Latinx, Asian and Indigenous Arts Organizations

The 20 organizations are: Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Apollo Theater, Arab American National Museum, Ballet Hispánico, Charles H. Wright Museum, Dance Theater of Harlem, East West Players, El Museo del Barrio, Japanese American National Museum, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Museum of Chinese in America, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, National Museum of Mexican Art, Penumbra Theatre, Project Row Houses, Studio Museum in Harlem, Urban Bush Women, and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.
Investing in Regional Arts Organizations
As the second component of the America's Cultural Treasures initiative, numerous foundations will drive fundraising and design for individually-tailored regional grantmaking initiatives, which will be seeded by an initial $35 million in support from the Ford Foundation across seven regions. The foundation partners will provide matching funds for multi-year grants and other supports to cultural groups of color with exceptional regional or local significance.

/PRNewswire/ -- Today, sixteen major donors and foundations announced an unprecedented commitment to a two-pronged national and regional initiative to...

Please join this diverse group of thought and action influencers for a four-part series focusing on critical issues affe...
10/22/2020
CONVERSATIONS ON CULTURE: RACE, ART, MYTH = JUSTICE

Please join this diverse group of thought and action influencers for a four-part series focusing on critical issues affecting the lives and well-being of our communities and institutions. The Conversation starts on October 6 & 7 at 6:30 PM!
Conversations on Culture: Race, Art, Myth = Justice is presented by Creative Justice Initiative
These conversations explore the ways in which we continue to secure a future with global and national allies. We must examine and determine how unjust laws can be changed, ensuring that we institute actual legal protections as we thrive, not just survive. We must establish the basis for just frameworks - new philanthropic models that shore up funding for our community based cultural organizations, as informed by our knowledge, our work, and shaped by our mission and voices.
Our objective is to affect positive change, eradicate the systemic injustices that continue to oppress and limit the possibilities of the majority of the Our objective is to affect positive change, eradicate the systemic injustices that continue to oppress and limit the possibilities of the majority of the nation’s Black, Afro Latin, Latinx, Native, Asian, LGBTTQ+/Two Spirit, People with Disabilities, and economically poor White communities.
The state of our organizations, the health and wellbeing of our communities, and the very fabric of our democracy is at stake.
CONVERSATIONS ON CULTURE: RACE, ART, MYTH = JUSTICE

Conversations on Culture: Race, Myth, Art = Justice

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