Immigration & Women Events Calendar, December 2014

Written by Arielle Kandel


As the winter approaches and the weather gets colder, take the time to visit some of the very interesting exhibitions on display in New York City this month by a number of immigrant artists and around themes exploring the immigrant experience.

And don’t forget Giving Tuesday on December 2nd – please help us empower young women immigrants by supporting our upcoming Leadership Development & Community Organizing Program, we’ll be launching our very first crowdfunding campaign on December 1st!


December 3, 6:30pm

Talk: “On Such a Full Sea”

In Manhattan: Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard Street

Korean-American author Chang-rae Lee will present his most recent novel, On Such a Full Sea, which recounts the fascinating journey of a young woman in a future imagined America. Parul Sehgal, a young critic for the New York Times Book Review originally from India, will lead the discussion.

Free, click here for more info


December 4, 7pm-10pm

Conversation & music set: “MOCAMIX: DJ Daniel Wang”

In Manhattan: The Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street

Discover the 90s’ Chinatown music scene, African American dance music, and New York’s gay nightlife through a conversation and two-hour music set with DJ and producer Daniel Wang.

$20 for adults, $10 for MOCA members, students & seniors, click here for more info


December 10, 8:15pm

Panel discussion: “Pass the Mic at 92Y: Millennial Feminism”

In Manhattan: 92Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd

“What constitutes modern feminism and how is it changing the world? Is celebrity feminism helping or hindering the cause? How has social media shaped the movement into a more equal and democratic space for young women to express themselves?” Join a panel discussion with Guardian US columnist and Feministing founder Jessica Valenti, bestselling author and trans women’s rights activist Janet Mock, the host of MSNBC’s “The Reid Report” Joy Reid, and Mic senior editor Elizabeth Plank.

Tickets from $30, click here for more info and to purchase tickets


December 12-22, various times

Ballet: The Knickerbocker Suite

In Manhattan: Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 West 60th Street

The Manhattan Youth Ballet presents the Knickerbocker Suite, a holiday classic celebrating the magic of New York City. One of the most well-known scenes, “Mother Ginger and her Polichinelles,” will be performed by the Statue of Liberty and dancing immigrants just arriving from Ellis Island.

Tickets between $20 and $30, click here for more info and to purchase tickets


December 15, 6:30pm-08:15pm

Panel discussion: “Asian-Americans & the Law: New York Pioneers in the Judiciary”

In Manhattan: New York City Bar Association, 42 W 44th Street

A discussion with three pioneering Asian-American judges in New York will follow a slide show presentation of historic photographs on Asian-American legal history.

Free, click here for more info and here to register


December 21, 4pm

Music/festival: “Winter Solstice, Parranda con Paranda”

In the Bronx: BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Boulevard

Join to celebrate el Festival del Hatillo (Puerto Rico), Wanaragua (Garifuna) and Jonkunnu (Jamaica), a series of musical festivities sharing common customs that are held throughout the Caribbean in the Christmas season holiday.

Free, click here for more info



Ongoing exhibitions:


Until December 17

“The Lineage of Vision: Progress through Persistence”

In Manhattan: Korean Cultural Service of New York, 460 Park Avenue, 6th Floor

This exhibition, presented by the Korean Cultural Service of New York, shows the works of 15 Korean contemporary women artists based in New York City, displaying paintings, prints, photographs, video art, and more.

Free, click here for more info


Until December 19

Kiki Kogelnik, “Cuts, Fissures and Identity: Works from the 1960s and 1970s”

In Manhattan: Simone Subal Gallery, 131 Bowery

Kiki Kogelnik is an Austrian painter, sculptor, and printmaker who moved to New York in the early 1960s and became an important figure of the pop-art movement. She frequently addressed in her work feminist issues, particularly the female role as portrayed in commercial advertising.

Free, click here for more info


Until January 10

“MARISOL: Sculptures and Works on Paper”

In Manhattan: El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue

Maria Sol Escobar, better known as Marisol, is a sculptor born in Paris of Venezuelan origin, who lives and works today in New York. This exhibition is the artist’s first solo show in a New York museum; through the display of 30 of her works, it explores Marisol’s relationship to postwar art and cultural movements, particularly pop, minimalism, and feminism, her use of an amalgam of different materials, and her identity as a female artist with diverse origins.

$9 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, click here for more info


Until February 8

“Commonly Newcomer: Jewyo Rhii”

In Queens:  Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Jewyo Rhii is an artist originally from Korea, today based in New York City. This exhibition reflects on the insecurity, resentment, and vulnerability of a displaced individual’s daily struggles. Rhii seeks to incorporate this through sculptural installation, video, and drawing.

$8 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, click here for more info


Until February 15

“Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s New York: Assembled Realities”

In Manhattan: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue

This exhibition features more than 40 works by Jeff Chien-Hsing Lia, a Taiwanese artist who came to New York at the age of 18 to study photography. Liao pushes the boundaries of traditional documentary photography and creates large-scale panoramic photographs of several of New York City’s landmarks, from the Grand Concourse and the 72nd Street Subway, to Coney Island and the old Shea stadium.

$14 for adults, $10 for students & seniors, click here for more info and to buy tickets


Through March 01

“Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving”

In Manhattan: The Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street

This groundbreaking art exhibit explores Chinese American identity through the stories of the successive generations of Chinese immigrants in the United States.

$10 for adults, $5 for students & seniors, click here for more info


Until March 6

Zhang Hontu

In Queens: Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

This exhibition is the first solo show in the US of Zhang Hontu, a Chinese-born artist who immigrated to the US in 1982 and today lives in Queens. It will display over 50 works by the artist, exploring various themes related to Zhang’s family background and upbringing, and his search for greater freedom and new life in New York.

$8 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, click here for more info


Until March 22

“Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power”

In Manhattan: The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave

As a businesswoman and arts patron, Helena Rubinstein, a Polish Jew, helped break down the status quo of taste by blending commerce, art, fashion, beauty, and design. Her innovative business and style ideas influenced a modern notion of beauty accessible to all. This exhibition, the very first of its kind, will bring together selections from Rubinstein’s famous collection, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Miró, Kahlo, and Nadelman, as well as her iconic collection of African and Oceanic sculpture, miniature period rooms, jewelry, and fashion.

$15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7.5 for students, click here for more info


Starting December 12 – Through July 12

“Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time”

In Brooklyn: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway

Chitra Ganesh, the daughter of Indian immigrants, is a Brooklyn-based visual artist. In this exhibition, she explores the themes of feminity, empowerment, and multiplicity, drawing inspiration from the representation of the Hindu goddess Kali and a number of works in the Brooklyn Museum’s collections.

$16 for adults, $10 for students, click here for more info on the exhibition

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