Asia Society and Museum
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New York, NY 10021
This film series features rarely screened films of the Iranian New Wave, an exceptional film movement that took place before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. During the cosmopolitan and yet turbulent period of the 1960s-1970s, an auteur cinema emerged and responded actively to the cultural, political, and social conditions of the time. Iranian New Wave is distinguished by its philosophical inclination, social critique, poetic disposition, and vigorous experimentation. This innovative spirit resonated with new cinematic trends sweeping across the globe at the time, from France and Czechoslovakia to Brazil and Japan. Collectively, the films present the artistic vision, humanism, and social consciousness of a generation of Iranian filmmakers. These films have left an important legacy and laid the groundwork for later generations. This series offers an extraordinary opportunity to survey these works and provides a window into Iranian life during this period. A documentary film about the Iranian New Wave is included in the selection.
Asia Society presents more than 200 photographs taken by Ai Weiwei that capture the culture of 1980s New York and the lives of expatriate Chinese artists in the East Village. The exhibition, curated by Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu, is the first U.S. presentation of this previously unknown archive. It will be on view from now until August 14. (Learn more about Weiwei.)
NEW YORK, June 27, 2011 — Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu offers background on the exhibition Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993 and reflects on Ai’s recent release by the Chinese authorities.
The exhibition marks the first time Ai Weiwei’s New York Photographs series is being shown outside of China.
Inspired by Ornette Coleman’s Primetime, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, Moroccan Gnawa music, and Stanley Turrentine, we will be playing my original compositions, featuring improvisations by some of NYC’s most creative groove players. Avram’s Electric Kool-Aid featuring: Kenny Wessel (Guitar), Dave Phelps (Guitar), Chris Eddleton (Drums), Todd Isler (Percussion), Stuart Popejoy (Electric Bass) and Avram Fefer (Saxes and Composition).
The White Meadows (2009). (The Global Film Initiative)
Asia Society presents a film series that honors the work of critically acclaimed Iranian filmmaker JafarPanahi and highlights its global artistic and social significance. The series, which begins on February 25 and runs through March 11, includes three films Panahi directed, one film he edited, and a panel discussion exploring creative expression in Iran. Panahi has received international recognition for his work, garnering Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion, Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear, and Cannes Film Festival’s Camera d’Or awards.