Photos by Xue Liang
To actively promote international cultural exchanges by presenting the rich diversity of Taiwan’s culture and arts to the general public and the communities of the US and Canada, Taipei Cultural Center opened 25 years ago in New York. Close to 100 VIPs and special guests attended the openings including Pierre T.P. Yang (Deputy Minister of Ministry of Culture), Ambassador Lily L. W. Hsu (TECO-NY), Council Member Peter Koo, Martin Wechsler of Joyce theater, Stanford Makishi of City Center, Jerry Shiao (President of Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New York), Malan Breton (fashion designer)、James Yang (World Journal President)、Michael Di Cerbo (President of the Society of American Graphic Artists), Hsi-Chuan Liu (Dean of Academic Affairs of Taipei National University of the Arts), Ming Dye Yang (Associate Professor, Dept. of Fine Arts of National Kaohsiung Normal University), Liya Wang (Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts), Lucy Yu Shu Liou (President of Hakka Association of NY), Theresa Yang Chang (Chair of Michigan Taiwanese American Organization), Nai-Ni Chen (Principle of Nai-Ni chen Dance Group), Alan Chow (Founding director of the Chinese-American Arts Council) and so on.
The 25th Anniversary of Taipei Cultural Center kicked off with a great music performance by New Asia Chamber Music Society. New Asia Chamber Music Society was founded in 2010 by an idealistic group of young Asian-American virtuosi, graduated from America’s most prestigious music schools, including The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute. Based in New York City, NACMS is committed to bringing audiences exceptional performances of the finest works of chamber music, drawn from the canon of western music as well as contemporary Asian culture.
To mark the milestone of its 25th anniversary, Taipei Cultural Center in New York invited Lin Ceramics Studio to come to New York August 12-17 to perform its award-winning program “Tea Party: Slow. Flow” and share the depth and richness of Taiwan’s unique tea culture with local audiences. It opens with the tea master making a fire, preparing to welcome a friend with tea. As the warmth diffuses in the space, the tea master performs the classic tea ceremony. “Tea Party” attempts to give a novel, contemporary perspective on tea cultures in Asia. It reintroduces traditional tea culture to the young generation in a modern, trendy manner so that this thousand year old culture can evolve with the times and stay relevant. Audiences explore a new vision of tea culture during the performance that not only presents a tea ceremony, but also gives a whole new look to tea-drinking. For this performance several design teams worked together on every single element- the tea ware, tea table, costumes, music, stage setting, and dance-to create this piece. Tea Party-Slow Flow was the winner of Design for Asia Awards 2013 and iF Design Award 2014 (in the discipline of communication).
Also, the Taipei Cultural Center in New York presented Dialogue on Printmaking: The Taiwan – US Exchange Exhibition, organized by Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts and in collaboration with the Taiwan Society of Printmaking and the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA). The exhibition will feature twenty-five Taiwanese artists including Wu Hao, Hsiao Chin, Liao Shiou-Ping, Shaih Lifa, and Lee Shi-Chi. Participating artists from SAGA are Michael Di Cerbo, Linda Adato, and three other well-known American printmakers. Each artwork in this exhibition has its own voice and aesthetics. This exhibition has collected artwork from the 1960s to the present, illustrating the transition of the art medium and the spirit of different periods. By learning the uniqueness of different print genres and the aesthetics of each participating artist, viewers will gain a whole new perspective on the world of printmaking. Through the showcase of the thirty artworks, the
viewers will appreciate the artists’ cultural perception and interpretation toward their own roots, and meanwhile to initiate a dialogue between them.