Asian Arts of NYC

China Institute Gallery

November 29, 2012

The China Institute in America located on 65th street in Manhattan was amzing. The New “China”: Porcelain Art from Jingdezhen is currently display at the institute. The exhibition showcase varies unique ceramic art from 1910-2012. The exhibition explores the cultural changes in China’s ceramic art during the past century.

The piece Made in the Postmodern Era, no.4 by Sin-ying Ho in particular caught my attention.   Unlike traditional ceramic vases, this distorted vase is painted with pictures of Chairman Mao, Mona Lisa, and Andy Warhol ‘s Marilyn Monroe along with dragons. Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe, both western icons are printed on a ceramic vase! Tell me that is not amazing. This is incredible! Ceramic art is evolving and adopting as China’s culture changes.  I think this vase truly shows the evolution in ceramic art.

Now lets take a visual tour of this exhibition!


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MOCA- Museum of Chinese in America

Let’s explore Chinese culture today by going to MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America)!

At MOCA you can find all sort of artifacts representing Chinese culture. You begin your journey at MOCA by first learning about the different aspects of life from pictures and artifacts.  Then you get to see the changing of culture in Chinese who immigrated to America. Under the modern influence, Chinese immigrants changed their style of clothing, and way of life…

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Asia Society and Musuem

The Bound Unbound exhibition at the Asia Society and Museum by Lin Tianmiao was truly fascinating. Not knowing what i was getting myself into when going to the museum,  i was surprised by the very first piece of art i saw All the same (2011).  Lin Tianmiao combined varies individual imitation human bones with different mechanic tools and then wrapped them with thread winding technique to create this piece. Then the pieces are attach on stainless steel stand to be displayed.

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The winding of threads are remarkable. Each thread is so precisely wrapped that they seem to become ribbons around the structure! There was one individual piece in particular that caught my attention.  In this Lin Tianmiao combined a water faucet with a human arm bone. Where if the faucet were to be turn there would be no water coming out. Ms. Lin uses this to comment on the freedom of speech in china, in which the government controls what is being expressed by the people. The invisible water represents thoughts of the people in China and the faucet is the government. The faucet controls the out flowing of the water just like the government control the expression of thoughts.

Bones give us structure while tools give things structure. By using these two basic components that give forms, Ms. Lin successfully displays her view on the Chinese government.