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Erasing Borders - Art of the Indian Diaspora

The 8th annual Erasing Borders 2011 Exhibition of Contemporary Visual Aida-Sahart of the Indian Diaspora is on display April 23 - May 27, 2011 at the Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University, New York, presented by the Indo American Arts Council.

The exhibition, curated by Vijay Kumar, reflects a broad range of life experiences and aesthetic values by artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian Subcontinent.

"Today's diaspora artists are scattered across the country and are more socio-economically and religiously diverse than their predecessors. These artists are working to make themselves heard in an art world that is at once more competitive and more receptive to non-Western art than ever before."

The artists in this exhibition grapple with diverse subject matter, including: AIDS, poverty, identity as a South Asian living in the post-9/11 world, in addition to their religious, sexual, and ethnic identities.

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MoCCA Fest 2011

MoCCA Fest 2011 takes place April 9 - 10, 2011 at Manhattan's historic 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. A MoCCA, Festival, Peter Kuperfundraiser for the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art (MoCCA), the Festival is celebrating the Museum’s 10-Year Anniversary.

MoCCA Fest attracts thousands of comic art lovers and creators from around the globe to celebrate the worldʼs most popular art form. Since 2002, the MoCCA Festival offers a unique venue to experience comics, mini-comics, web comics, graphic novels, animation, posters, prints, original artwork, and more.

In addition to the hundreds of creators who exhibit, the Festival hosts dozens of established and emerging creators, scholars, and other experts who participate in two days of lecture/discussion panels on a variety of comics and cartoon topics.

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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

The Artist Project NY 2011

The Artist Project New York is running March 17-20, 2011 at Pier 92 in New York City. This exhibition of fine art by a selection of unrepresented international artists makes its debut in New York City.

Whether one is buying one's first work of art or is a seasoned collector, visitors can meet face-to-face the emerging and established talent of The Artist Project New York. Sensations in regional art capitals around the world, these 150+ artists converge for their first major showing in New York City.

Unlike art fairs that only allow art galleries to exhibit, The Artist Project provides artists with the opportunity to reach the contemporary art world directly in spaces that maintain gallery and museum-like production values with state-of-the-art exhibition walls, lights and generous public spaces.

Artists include

  • Serge Strosberg
  • Peter Bynum
  • Rachelle Kearns
  • Mark Mackinnon
  • Randy Shull
  • Gerald Siciliano
  • Todd Alexander
  • Shih Ming Wang

Chicago artists are also participating in The Artist Project NY. "Given the importance of the fine art market in Chicago, we are pleased to bring the works of Chicago-area artists to New York City. Each of these self-representing artists will present and sell a wide array of fine art at the March fair," said Reed McMillan, show director, The Artist Project New York.

The Chicago artists include

  • Alex Menocal
  • Armando Pedroso
  • Deborah Maris Lader
  • DeMarcus Purham
  • Ilana Frank
  • Shauna Angel Blue
  • Yvette Kaiser Smith

Special Features include:

Art Walks
Docents take visitors on a fast and informative 20 minute guided exploration of the show where to meet artists, learn about their inspiration and how they create their amazing artwork.

Butterfield Cafe
Since 1915, Butterfield Market has offered New York City the finest in fresh food and culinary expertise. The Butterfield Café's three locations throughout Pier 92 and Pier 94 offer a range of specialty foods, including homemade sandwiches, salads, breads, pastries, coffees, fresh produce, and more.

Rizzoli Bookstore

Attendees can shop a wide selection of books on art, photography, design, and more at the Show's bookstore, provided by Rizzoli. Since 1964 Rizzoli has been the leading source for books on the arts in New York.

Show Lounge

Attendees can relax in the Show Lounge, designed by KILU with furnishings provided by Cassina. KILU’s design incorporates a series of Lightbodies and encourages guests to experience their mysterious presence while enjoying a break for a coffee or cocktail at the Crystal Stone bar.

The Artist Project New York is a co-participant with the AIPAD Photography Show and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in the New York Design Festival.

For more information, visit

The Artist Project New York
March 17-20, 2011

Pier 92
55th St. at West Side Highway

New York City

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