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Asian Contemporary Art Week 2011

Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) is running March 21 - 31, 2011 at Asia Society Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and other locations around New York City.

Now in its seventh edition, ACAW 2011 launches Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art, a series of discussions with 25 specially invited influential international artists, curators, and scholars to examine current discourses both inside and outside of Asia.

Kicking off the week, at the Museum of Modern Art, Mariam Ghani tells of her investigations of city reconstructions, cultural reinventions, and the public and private narratives that influence it all.

Asian Cultural Council 2011 grantees/artists Rahraw Omarzad (Afghanistan), Firoz Mahmud (Bangladesh), Chaw Ei Thein (Burma), and Fong Wah Phoebe Hui (Hong Kong, China) convene for a panel on the evolving societal roles and responsibilities of artists in their ever-globalizing local spaces. 

Highlights of the ACAW Dialogues include:

  • Rashid Rana and Pooja Sood discuss the much-celebrated chronicle of Indian art history, The Khoj Book at Sotheby's (March 22)
  • M.F. Husain and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian at Asia Society Museum (March 23)
  • David Elliott, Massimiliano Gioni and Suzanne Cotter at the Guggenheim Museum (March 25)
  • Ushio Shinohara and Tomokazu Matsuyama at Asia Society Museum (March 28)
  • Artist Liu Xiaodong (China) discusses his nostalgic journey to his hometown, as documented in Hou Hsiao-Hsien's latest film (Home Town Boy) at the Guggenheim Museum (March 29)
  • Xie Xiaoze talks with Robert Hobbs about his Chinese Library Series and its examination of the documentation of history and current events, at China Institute (March 29)
  • Yang Jiechang and Zheng Shengtian in conversation with Jane DeBevoise at Museum of Chinese in the Americas (March 31)
  • Almagul Menlibayeva at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art (March 31).

Another highlight is a dramatic installation by New York-based Korean artist Atta Kim, who will create a 5-1/2-ft-tall, 1,300 pound ice sculpture of a seated Buddha that will slowly melt in Rubin Museum of Art’s spiral lobby from March 25 through 27.

The 8th Annual Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art Exhibition of the Diaspora features work by 43 artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian subcontinent. Chosen by curator Vijay Kumar, this group of multinational and intergenerational artists reflects a broad range of life experiences and aesthetic values in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, sculpture and installation.

The opening reception at the Queens Museum of Art (QMA) is scheduled for Sunday, March 27, 2011 when selected artists will present their work to QMA director Tom Finkepearl, followed by a Kuchipudi dance performance by Pratibha Vuppuluri and her accompanist.

Several Bienniales are happening all over the world. Here to talk about them are curators:

  • David Elliott (Sydney Biennale 2010),
  • Massimiliano Gioni (Gwangju Biennale 2010)
  • Suzanne Cotter (Sharjah Biennial 2011)

The week closes with Asia Art Archive's new documentary film From Jean Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s to be screened at Museum of Chinese in America.

For more information, visit

Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW)
March 21 - 31, 2011

Where Asia and America Meet
725 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10021-5088
(212) 288.6400

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