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Chinese Culture Foundation, New Milestones, December 2014
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  New Milestones, December 2014  Contents Visual Art Center 視 覺 藝 術 中 心 Him Mark Lai Learning Center 麥 禮 謙 學 院 Museum Without Walls 開 放 文 化 宮 Staff, Board, Sponsors Mission Statement The mission of the Chinese Culture Foundation is to spark intercultural discovery through art, education and engagement. Founded in 1965, the Foundation has grown to become a premiere center for global dialogue. Known for its innovative and thought provoking exhibitions and educational programs, CCF is dedicated to building a strong community. 執行總監寄語 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE The Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco was founded on October 15, 1965. It is one of the earliest cultural organizations established in the United States in the post-World War II era. The founders were inspired by the Civil Rights Movement during a time of change, opportunity and ethnic awareness. Guided by its mission, the Foundation is dedicated to community building through intercultural engagement. For five decades, we thrived, overcame challenges and became a premiere center for art, education and giving back to the community.Today, we proudly celebrate our new milestones by following a bold vision to create a “Museum Without Walls” and to engage new Californians. In our drive to engage youth, families, new immigrants and those who are not connected, we have opened minds and changed lives. Young people have become artists. A vacant storefront in Ross Alley is now a pop-up gallery. Wentworth Alley is an open gallery while Waverly Alley serves as a dance studio. Portsmouth Square serves as the community’s concert hall. Chinatown has transformed into the City’s museum without walls. As we prepare for the Foundation’s 50th anniversary, our commitment to community building and our desire to be an important part of the social, economic and cultural fabric of San Francisco is unwavering.2014 has truly been transformational. It affirmed the impact of intercultural engagement and multiculturalism.Truly Yours,Mabel S. Teng The CCF's primary program site, located at 750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA is a Visual Art Center with a 3,000 square foot contemporary art gallery, an auditorium, and community space. In addition, the Foundation's programming and exhibitions take place at 41 Ross Alley, Pacific Heritage Museum, Portsmouth Square, various alleyways, and the pedestrian bridge at Portsmouth Square in Chinatown. Partnerships with organizations bring the Foundation's activities out into open space, and in museums, art centers, and storefronts.  1  “Te Chinese Culture Foundation is HE place  for contemporary Chinese art. It has no peers among public museums in the quality of the art and the engagement with the public!” -Gordon H Chang, Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities and professor of American history at Stanford University  “I am tremendously impressed at the direction of the Foundation and the work being exhibited.”  - the late Michael Sullivan,  preeminent Chinese art scholar  The goal of the Visual Art Center is to promote the most innovative artists today 2  White Ink   by ink painter Zheng Chongbin (2011) Chromatic Constructions  by Boston fiber artisan Dora Hsiung (2009) O–Viewpoint   by Palo Alto artist Stella Zhang (2010) Lure  by Austin installation artist Beili Liu (2008) Into the Nearness of Distance  by Summer Mei Ling Lee 2014 CURIOSITY BOX 好奇匣 BETWEEN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY在現代與當代之間 LAM TUNG󰀭PANG 林東鵬 FONG CHUNG󰀭RAY 馮鍾睿 CROSS GENERATIONS Summer Mei Ling Lee’s Into the Near-ness of Distance  is the sixth XianRui exhibition, debuting in three locations, the CCF Visual Art Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Fran-cisco and He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China. Lee’s “collabora-tive solo” embodies both the artist’s creative process, as well as the fresh presentation approach that echoes the geographical and psychological proximity depicted by her work.The art of Dora Hsiung at initial impact is straightforward and unabashedly decora-tive, yet upon analysis it proves to contain subtleties to engage the eye and the mind. As curator Abby Chen notes, “Her works embody the diverse experience as a Chinese woman artist who has lived on multiple continents, enriching her vision and perspectives. ”In the launch of the flagship  Xian Rui   series, Beili Liu debuts her stunning Lure  instal-lation. Liu explores the Chinese myth of the invisible Red Thread that binds lovers by the ankle from birth. Beili Liu is known for her uncanny ability to transform simple, everyday materials in curious ways that are evocative of both her Chinese heritage and her experience in the United States. Her elegant installations and sculptural work explore transience, fragility and the passing of time. 4 Stella Zhang’s uniquely complex and engaging 0-Viewpoint installation explores the constantly shifting inner landscapes of self and femininity. Her latest work, 0—Viewpoint  , which made the debut for Xian Rui 2010, was created to convey the idea that everything came into existence by beginning and ending at zero. Zhang, was born in Beijing and studied in both China and Japan before moving to the United States where she cur-rently lives in Palo Alto, CA. White Ink   features the work of abstract ink painter Zheng Chongbin. The highly anticipated show is comprised of fifteen new and site-specific large scale pieces, which include both paint-ings and video projections. Zheng’s work has been hailed as ‘unprece-dented,’ and embodies the essence of traditional Chinese ink painting as well as the physicality of western abstract traditions. A GLOBAL DIALOGUE 國際對話     鮮   銳     F   R   E  S   H  A   R   P C  R   O  S  S   P   A  C  I   F   I   C   “As a tourist, Lam is baffled by American culture; but as an artist, he welcomes the opportunity to examine up close a society he had only seen from afar. While the exhibition displays curious ideas and unfamiliar objects that Lam encountered in his travels, the ultimate curiosity is Lam himself, and individuals who finds insight in misunderstandings.” -LEAP Magazine“Fong Chung-ray’s achievement is further emblematic of the generation of Diasporic Chinese artists who were dispersed internationally after China’s Civil War but who significantly advanced Chinese visual art and culture in powerfully srcinal and visually compelling ways. This generation has yet to be fully appreciated and recognized, as it sets the stage for today’s flourishing of Chinese art globally. “ -Yishu Journal  Xian Rui ( Fresh and Sharp) Artist Excellence series is the nation’s first initiative that features work by pioneering emerging and mid-career contemporary artists of Chinese descent. Since its inception in 2008, the series pro-vided institutional resource and platform. PRESENT TENSE 現在時雙年展 In the hands of 31 contemporary artists from the U.S. and beyond, San Francisco’s Chinatown becomes a laboratory of diverse ideas about contemporary culture in the Present Tense. “Takes viewers outside of the common framing of questions of identity to get a clearer look at underlying truths.” -SF Station A   G  L  O  B  A  L   D  I   A  L  O  G  U   E      國   際  對  話
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