Queens Museum Passport Thursdays: Taiwan

The next Passport Thursday at the Queens Museum sounds amazing. Bring a picnic blanket to the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Corona Park (or inside if it rains) for an inedible evening.

It starts out with a free artmaking workshops for families before the show. The main events are from 7 to 10 pm and you’re not going to want to miss them. You can grab some snacks from the cafe until 8pm.

 

Film: Go Grandriders! (Tian-Hao Hua, 2013, 80 min, Mandarin with English ST)

A group of senior citizens, many of whom learn how to ride a motorcycle for the first time, embark on what may be the most daring adventures of their lives: a 13-day tour around the island of Taiwan entirely on motorcycles. Among these 17 “Grandriders,” two have had cancer, four need hearing aids, five suffer from high blood pressure, eight have coronary heart disease, and every one of them has joint problems. However, at the youthful age of 80+, they dare to challenge themselves and discover the land they have lived all their lives from a new perspective.

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Performance:

Yuhan Su Band: A native of Taiwan, New York based-vibraphonist Su came to the United States in 2008 to study at Berklee College of Music. Since then, she has performed with her jazz quartet throughout the East Coast and joined the acclaimed saxophonist Greg Osby’s label, Inner Circle Music. The band will perform a set of music featuring the traditional music from different ethnic groups in Taiwan, including Taiwu ancient ballads, Hakka traditional song, and Taiwanese folk song, with Hakka singer-songwriter Yu-Wei Hsieh as special guest. Yuhan will bring a new series of compositions inspired by Chinese mythological KuaFu, a giant who decided to chase and catch the Sun.

 

Artmaking Workshop Guest Artist

Huang Zi-huang 黃子鐶: Born in Pingtung, Taiwan in 1961, she lives and creates art in Jhutian Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan. Huang’s Ziyou studio attempts to preserve and promote Hakka culture and craft. She created portraits and seal-engravings in the early years when in high school. She started printmaking under the tutelage of Chen Kuo-chan in 1990, and gained a better understanding of woodcut prints from printmakers Chen Chi Mao and Fang Xiang in 1991. Her first printmaking solo exhibition “I Am between Black and White” was held in Pingtung County Cultural Center in 2002. She stayed in Fangliao Art Village in 2002 as a resident artist. Through exchanges with various artists during her stay in the village, she envisioned how to bring printmaking into the field of contemporary art, surpassing its origins in craft. This involved both devising installations and arranging interactivity involving printmaking. In 2005, she held a printmaking solo exhibition “Books, Bookplates, I” that took as its theme treating prints as “art objects” and enlarged the intersection of printmaking and contemporary art. In 2014 she was invited to participate in Passport to Taiwan at Union Square in Manhattan NY. Her works has been collected by: Chimei Museum, Taiwan, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Angel Art Gallery, and Cultural Affairs Department of Pingtung County.

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