Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:57:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Artist Talks: Retrieved February 22 & 23, 2016 /artist-talks-retrieved/ /artist-talks-retrieved/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:53:54 +0000 /?p=11070 Join two fascinating discussions revolving the exhibition, “Retrieved回 – The Art of Looking Back” 

Artists’ Talk: Culture Co-host with Asia Society Northern California 

This Artists’ Talk brings together two of the three artists — Kurt Tong and Daniel Traub – who will describe the creative and serendipitous channels through which each of these archives of photographs came into being. This evening conversation aims to capture the spirit of these images as they relate to the quotidian and the momentous changes wrought amongst these people in these regions.
Speakers:
Kurt Tong: Photographer, installation artist and sculptor
Daniel Traub: New York-based photographer and filmmaker, resident in China from 1998 to 2007.
Lanchih Po (moderator): Professor, International & Area Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, U.C. Berkeley
WHEN
Monday, February 22, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM 
WHERE
Asia Society Northern California – 500 Washington Street San Francisco, CA 94111
To Register, please click here.
Artist Talk & Book Signing: The Art of Photography
On Tuesday, February 23rd SF Camerawork and Chinese Culture Center present an artist talk and book signing with exhibiting artists from our dual-sited exhibition,  Retrieved. This artist talk will focus on the art of the photographs in the exhibition.
WHEN
February 23, 2016Tuesday6pm-8pm
WHERE
SF Camerawork, 1011 Market St. SF
Free Admission
Retrieved will be on exhibit from February 19 to May 14, 2016 at the CCC Visual Art Center and SF Camerawork. For more information, please visit: www.c-c-c.org/retrieved

Artist Portrait

Kurt Tong – Born in Hong Kong in 1977, Kurt Tong was originally trained as a health visitor at the University of Liverpool. He has worked and traveled extensively across Europe, the Americas and Asia. He gained his Masters in documentary photography at the London College of Communications in 2006 and began working on much more personal projects. “In Case it Rains in Heaven’ exploring the practice of Chinese funeral offerings, has been widely exhibited including a solo exhibition at Compton Verney and features in several public collections. A monograph of the work was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2011.

Much of Kurt’s recent work, while remaining photographic in essence, has moved towards installation and sculptural based, pushing the boundaries of the medium. Echoed Visions, a  series of installation question the medium of photography, made its debut at the Identity Art Gallery, Hong Kong in February 2014.

http://www.kurttong.co.uk/

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Daniel Traub (b. 1971) is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker, originally from Philadelphia. Traub lived in China from 1998 to 2007, working as a cinematographer on documentary films.

His photographs have been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Slought in Philadelphia and the Lianzhou photo festival in China. His work can be found in public and private collections, such as the Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His work has also appeared in publications including Aperture, European Photography and The New York Times Magazine. Traub has published two monographs with Kehrer Verlag: North Philadelphia and Little North Road.

http://www.danieltraub.net/

 

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Spring Festival: Year of the Monkey February 20, 2016 /springfestival2016/ /springfestival2016/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:04:45 +0000 /?p=11010 spring fest

Spring Festival: Year of the Monkey

February 20, 11-2pm

CCC Auditorium, 750 Kearny St. 3rd Floor

Free Admission

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Looking for a fun way to usher in the Year of the Monkey? Come participate in CCC’s Spring Festival, an extravaganza of free performances – dance, martial arts, and family friendly activities.  Have a fun interaction with a virtual gorilla, enjoy Mongolian folk dance, rock out to fast-paced martial arts, and absorb the artistry of classic ballet.

Join San Francisco’s largest indoor Lunar New Year celebration, and bring the whole family. See you at the festival!

Parking is $3 all day at the Golden Gateway Garage with validation from CCC.

For more information, contact 415-986-1822, darin@c-c-c.org

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Join the CCC Team! /join-the-ccc-team/ /join-the-ccc-team/#respond Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:29:36 +0000 /?p=11046 staff 2015

The Chinese Culture Foundation (CCF) is seeking an Arts Administrative Assistant.

The successful candidate will provide support for the professional management of the office.  He or she will be responsible for account receivables, files and record, office supplies, and will serve as the primary contact with the public. The AAA will also assist the Deputy Director with event space rental inquiries and community outreach.

The ideal candidate has a BA in business administration or the equivalence, a passion for the community, enjoys working with people, and is excited about the challenges and opportunities of a vibrant community-based, contemporary arts organization.

This is a great position for someone who is eager to learn about running a community-based arts organization and community service.

Regular work schedule is Tues to Fri from 10-3pm, plus Sat as needed.

 

Responsibilities:

Clerical and Administrative Support: Maintain and file records of office activities and transactions. Data-entry, account receivables, reception, administrative support, support for meetings and other tasks as assigned.

Office Management: Office supplies, mail, answering phones, maintaining office machines/AV equipment and managing the professional appearance of the office.

CCC Events and Others: Assist the Deputy Director and staff on programs, projects and events.

Qualifications:

  • 2 years of clerical and administrative experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multitask
  • Self-directed and able to work efficiently
  • Strong work ethic
  • Cooperative, positive attitude
  • Resourceful, creative, and adaptive problem solving skills
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with MS Word and Excel

If you feel that you are the right fit for this position, please submit a letter of interest and resume to: xavier@c-c-c.org. Position will remain open until filled. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. No phone calls please

About the Chinese Culture Center (CCC)

The CCC, under the aegis of the Chinese Culture Foundation, is one of the leading arts organization in SF.  We are a community-based arts nonprofit, and our work is based in Chinatown and San Francisco’s open and public spaces, as well as other art institutions.

Shaped by resistance, endurance and imagination, CCC ignites art interventions, engaging youth and residents, across generations and cultures. In so doing, we shift the dominant narrative about Chinese Americans, transform perceptions and empower underserved communities.

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Build a Legacy, with a Brick /build-a-legacy/ /build-a-legacy/#respond Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:50:54 +0000 /?p=10761  

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Join the Legacy Bricks campaign and build a permanent legacy on the historic pedestrian bridge in Chinatown.

For more information or to pledge, please contact Xavier Tsang, xavier@c-c-c.org or call 415-986-1822.

 

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Request for Proposals: St. Mary’s Square Public Art Project /stmary/ /stmary/#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:53:21 +0000 /?p=11019 St. Mary’s Square Public Art Project

Request for Proposals

www.c-c-c.org/stmary

RFP Issue Date: January 29, 2016

 

Application Deadline:

Monday, March 14, 2016.

 

*Click here to access all application references including the RFP.

 

Project Summary:

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (CCC) is requesting proposals for a permanent public art piece that will be installed on a rooftop park connected to the St. Mary’s Square, at Pine and Kearny Streets in Chinatown, San Francisco. The public art is expected to be completed by early 2017. The rooftop park is located on the fifth story of a new office building at 500 Pine Street. The site is the former location of the Kong Chow Temple, a historic building of the Kong Chow Benevolent Association founded by Chinese immigrants in 1854. St. Mary’s Square was an important core area of Chinatown for Chinese settlers during the mid-19th century. The new piece will help convey a contemporary San Francisco Chinatown and could reflect and reference the former building’s cultural and historic legacy.

CCC is collaborating with 500 Pine Street Company, LLC, the sponsor of the new office project, Heller Manus Architects, Chinese Historical Society of America, Chinatown Community Development Center, and the Committee for Better Parks and Recreation in Chinatown to bring an art installation into the Chinatown neighborhood, which will increase open space and community engagement in Chinatown and the Financial District.

 

Eligibility:

Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists and collaboratives. Artists who have public art experiences or partner with designers and architects are strongly preferred.

 

Project Budget:

The 500 Pine Street Company, LLC intends to satisfy the public art requirement in San Francisco Planning Code Section 429 by financing and installing artwork with an estimated value of $145,000 in a portion of the Project’s rooftop park. The $145,000 budget shall be used for the design, materials, and installation of the public art, as well as the artist’s compensation.

 

Project Timeline (dates subject to change)

RFP Issue                                             Jan 29, 2016

Info Session                                   Feb 25, 2016

RFP Deadline                                March 14, 2016

First Selection                                     Late March, 2016

Artist Notification                              Late March, 2016

Finalist Proposal Due                        April 25, 2016

Final Selection                                    Early May, 2016

 

To Apply:

All application materials must be submitted online via www.cccgallery.org by Monday, March 14, 2016.  Application materials include:

  1. 10-20 Images of sample works, preferably public artworks
  2. Artist Bio
  3. Artist Resume / CV
  4. (optional but encouraged) Project Proposal (500 words maximum)

How to submit:

  1. Create your own account at www.cccgallery.org and log in.
  2. Add images of your sample works under the “Work” and tag them all with “stmary
  3. Under “My Page – Profile Information”, add Bio, Resume/CV, and/or Project Proposal.  

* Privacy setting of your sample works can be changed under “Options”. Resume/CV and proposal can only be viewed by administrator.

* Applicants can also email all materials as one PDF document not to exceed 5MB to Anqi Li (anqi@c-c-c.org).

 

Selection Considerations:

  1. Complete application submitted prior to the application deadline.
  2. Artwork examples represent the artist’s own original work and reflect artistic excellence.
  3. Availability of participating in public hearings and community presentations, implementing the project as required, overseeing the production and installation of the work.
  4. Proven ability to meet project deadlines and to perform work in a timely and professional manner.

 

Selection Procedure:

All application materials that meet requirements will be reviewed and selected by the Chinese Culture Center Public Art Panel. Three finalists will be notified by CCC staff once selection has been made. Each finalist will be given a $1,000 stipend to prepare and submit a full project proposal by Monday, April 25th, 2016 with specified requirements.

 

Info Session:

From 2:30pm to 4:30pm on Thursday, February 25, 2016, applicants are highly encouraged to attend an Info Session to get a comprehensive understanding of the public art project, the 500 Pine Street building, the history of the Kong Chow Temple, and the dynamic Chinatown community. The session will start at the Chinese Culture Center at 2:30pm. Please RSVP to Anqi Li (anqi@c-c-c.org).

Schedule:

2:30pm      Project Introduction (10min)

                    Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco

                    750 Kearny Street 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108

2:40pm      Walk to 500 Pine Street (10min)

2:50pm      Site Visit with the Building Architects (30min)

                    500 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

3:20pm      Democracy Walk – Chinatown’s Past and Present (40min)

                     Starts from 500 Pine Street; Ends at 855 Stockton Street.

4:00pm      Kong Chow Temple Tour (30min)

                     855 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

 

For Questions Regarding the RFP:

Visit Chinese Culture Center during office hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30am-6pm, Saturday: 10am-4pm. Or contact Anqi Li by email at anqi@c-c-c.org.

 

Background Information and Other References:

The location of the St. Mary’s Square Public Art Project is the former site of the Kong Chow Temple. It housed the red-faced, long-bearded Guan Yu, but was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire. We encourage all artists to read the Kong Chow Temple Report generated by the Chinese Historical Society of America before applying. Click here to access the report online. 

The construction drawings, photos, and design package is provided by Heller Manus Architects. Click here to access files online.

 

About CCC:

Chinese Culture Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1965 dedicated to sparking intercultural discovery through art, education, and engagement. CCC shifts the dominant narrative on Asian Americans through contemporary art. Some previous exhibitions and programs are Present Tense – Future Perfect 2015, Social Botany: Keywords Lab • San Francisco, and Sky Bridge, a temporary public art installation that was named the Best Public Art of 2015 by KQED.

 

About Partner Organizations:

Chinatown Community Development Center is a place-based community development organization that builds community and enhance the quality of life for San Francisco residents.

The Chinese Historical Society of America is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America.

500 Pine Street Company, LLC is the real estate developer of the office building at 500 Pine Street, San Francisco.  

Heller Manus Architects is a San Francisco based architecture firm providing architectural and urban design for public and private sector clients.

The Kong Chow Benevolent Association, founded in 1854, was the first Chinese benevolent society formed in America. The original Kong Chow temple was built in 1857 at 520 Pine Street and replaced with a new building at Clay and Stockton Streets in the 1960s.

Committee for Better Parks and Recreation for Chinatown is a long standing advocate for preserving the neighborhood’s limited open space.

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Spring Newsletter 2016 /spring-newsletter-2016/ /spring-newsletter-2016/#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:11:46 +0000 /?p=11001 Spring Newsletter_1 Spring Newsletter_2 Spring Newsletter_3 Spring Newsletter_4

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Retrieved回: The Art of Looking Back, February 20-May 14, 2016 /retrieved/ /retrieved/#respond Sat, 09 Jan 2016 20:02:39 +0000 /?p=10962 Retrieved回 – The Art of Looking Back

West Coast premiere of 3 artists, a dual-sited exhibition narrative of China in the last century

Co-curated by the Chinese Culture Center and SF Camerawork

Artists: Kurt Tong, Daniel Traub, Thomas Sauvin

Exhibition Dates: February 20 to May 14, 2016

VIP Reception: Friday, February 19, 6-8:00PM

  At the CCC Visual Art Center and SF Camerawork

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Retrieved回 is a photography exhibition at two sites, a unique collaboration and partnership between the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (CCC) and SF Camerawork. The Chinese character in the title“回” (hui) means return, turn around, revolve.  Both exhibition sites will provide complementary narratives of a multitude of stories, as told by 3 artists, capturing personal, human, and living portraits of China in the last century. The exhibition portrays the cosmopolitan and shifting parameters of the Chinese experience as a global trend of cultural expansion and universality, one in which viewers are certain to find glimpses if not revelations of their own lives and histories.

The stories told in this exhibition, while unavoidably steeped in the tumultuous history of China in the last century, remain touchingly and intelligibly humble, personal, prosaic to the point of repetitive, and most of all, entirely human. It is impossible not to recover glimpses of our own lives in these photographs: The shy, embarrassed smiles of twin sisters standing before their parents’ eager camera lens, striking mirrored poses that echo the newly constructed buildings in the background; the proud stance of a businessman, one foot on the curb, the other firmly planted on the ground, ready to make his fortune in a foreign land; the home movie that captures the mood of a bygone era, but whose brevity raises more questions than it answers.

The title of the exhibition, referring to the retrieval process shared by the three constructed archives, describes the intentionally artistic gesture of retrieving found photographs in a context far beyond the simple action of accumulation. Though these projects have been exhibited either internationally or nationally, this will be the first presentation of the work to a San Francisco audience, and as a collective, dynamic panoramic of China in the last century.

Exhibition Dates:

Reception: Friday, February 19, 6-8:00PM

At the CCC Visual Art Center and SF Camerawork

RSVP with maria@c-c-c.org or call 415-986-1822

Transportation between the two locations provided for the opening. Please check for times.

CCC Visual Art Center, 750 Kearny St. 3rd Floor

February 20 to May 14, 2016 at the CCC Visual Art Center

Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m – 4 p.m.; closed Sun. & Mon.

SF Camerawork, 1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor

February 20 to April 16, 2016 at SF Camerawork

Tuesday — Friday, Noon to 6:00 pm; Saturday, Noon to 5:00 PM; and by appointment

Retrieved回 is co-curated by Abby Chen of the Chinese Culture Center and Heather Snider of SF Camerawork. Major funding for the project provided by the WYNG Foundation, with additional support from Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, San Francisco Foundation, and Grant for the Arts.

Read the Full Press Release Here.

Auxiliary Programs

Artists’ Talk: Culture and Society
Featuring artists Kurt Tong and Daniel Traub
February 22, 6-7:30pm
Asia Society Northern California
Co-hosted with Asia Society Northern California
To Register, please click here.

Artists’ Talk & Book Signing on the Art of Photography
February 23, 2016Tuesday6pm-8pm
Organized by SF Camerawork
Location: SF Camerawork, 1011 Market St. SF
Free Admission
For more information on the Artists’ Talks please click here.

About the Artists

Kurt Tong – Born in Hong Kong in 1977, Kurt Tong was originally trained as a health visitor at the University of Liverpool. He has worked and traveled extensively across Europe, the Americas and Asia. He gained his Masters in documentary photography at the London College of Communications in 2006 and began working on much more personal projects. “In Case it Rains in Heaven’ exploring the practice of Chinese funeral offerings, has been widely exhibited including a solo exhibition at Compton Verney and features in several public collections. A monograph of the work was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2011.

Much of Kurt’s recent work, while remaining photographic in essence, has moved towards installation and sculptural based, pushing the boundaries of the medium. Echoed Visions, a  series of installation question the medium of photography, made its debut at the Identity Art Gallery, Hong Kong in February 2014.

http://www.kurttong.co.uk/

Daniel Traub (b. 1971) is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker, originally from Philadelphia. Traub lived in China from 1998 to 2007, working as a cinematographer on documentary films. 

His photographs have been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Slought in Philadelphia and the Lianzhou photo festival in China. His work can be found in public and private collections, such as the Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His work has also appeared in publications including Aperture, European Photography and The New York Times Magazine. Traub has published two monographs with Kehrer Verlag: North Philadelphia and Little North Road.

http://www.danieltraub.net/

Thomas Sauvin is a French photography collector and editor who lives in Beijing. Since 2006 he has worked as a consultant for the UK-based Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC) for whom he collects Chinese work, from contemporary art photography to period publications and anonymous photography. 

Sauvin’s project ‘Beijing Silvermine’, an archive of half a million negatives salvaged over the years from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing, has been presented by Singapore International Photo Festival (2012); FORMAT Photo Festival, Derby, UK (2013); The Salt Yard, Hong Kong (2013); and Lianzhou Foto Festival (2013), China’s premier international photography festival, where it received New Photography Award of the Year.

https://www.facebook.com/thomas.sauvin.5

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Pop-Up: Jonathan Wallraven – Es, ergo cogito 你在故我思 /pop-up-jonathan-wallraven/ /pop-up-jonathan-wallraven/#respond Sat, 09 Jan 2016 01:12:12 +0000 /?p=10967 Untitled-1

Opening: January 20, 5pm

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The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (CCC) is pleased to present an ink intervention, Pop-Up: Es, ergo cogito a site-specific sumi ink installation at the CCC Visual Art Center.

The temporary pop-up features artist Jonathan Wallraven who creates an immersive experience for viewers to explores ink and re-imagine possibilities for the medium.

Drawn directly on the CCC Visual Art Center’s walls, Wallraven’s work engages with temporality and the viewer’s experience. Contesting the notions of ink as an Asian, static medium typically conjuring images of traditional brush painting, in contrast Wallraven’s playful and ephemeral work defies easy categorization. The artist integrates different methodologies, using technology to sketch the original work, projection, and painting with brush and ink. Wallraven himself muses, “working with ink is a challenge. It behaves in a way that I don’t expect.”

His experimentations brings another element for audiences to consider ink, a question raised in the CCC Visual Art Center’s previous exhibition, Moment for Ink. So often is ink institutionalized in ink painting and calligraphy, that to see beyond its Asian tradition, patriarchal past and outside of borders is a refreshing departure.

Catch the exhibition before it vanishes. Pop-Up: Jonathan Wallraven is up for 10 days and not to be missed.

Details:

January 20-30, 2016

Tues-Sat, 10-4pm

CCC Visual Art Center

750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94108

About the Artist

Jonathan Wallraven is an artist based in San Francisco. He works frequently with sumi ink, exploring portraiture and other subjects. He has an MFA from the California College of the Arts.

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Sky Bridge Named Best Public Art Installation 2015 /sky-bridge-named-best-art-installation-2015/ /sky-bridge-named-best-art-installation-2015/#respond Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:29:24 +0000 /?p=10921
Happy New Year from the CCC Team! 

Thank You to all of our Friends and Supporters

Dear Friends,

As the year comes to a close, the Chinese Culture Center wishes you a happy new year and thanks you for your support in building community, transforming lives, and creating art. 

2015 has been an unprecedented year. Among our 50th anniversary celebrations, we are thrilled to be named “Best Public Art Installation” by KQED, among our peers. We congratulate fellow awardees Roots Division, CAPITAL, Janet Cardiff at Fort Mason Center, Mills College and others for their work this year. Kudos to artist Beili Liu for her imagination, and to our own Abby Chen. What a way to close out the year!

 

We are also ecstatic to be part of the invitation only Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts in Management team, and a recipient of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts grant for the upcoming exhibition, Retrieved回.

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In 2016, CCC will continue to create art interventions in Chinatown and in the contemporary art world, engaging youth, residents, artists, across generations, across cultures. CCC catalyzes artist careers to shift the dominant narrative about Chinese Americans to empower, transform and connect underserved communities, and change minds.

Change minds, change lives. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Chinese Culture Center and Foundation to make a difference.

In peace and solidarity,
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Mabel S. Teng
Executive Director
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