One of the rare few who have managed to excel in both art and architecture, Maya Lin creates places of refuge and contemplation in highly public spaces. Constructed on an intimate human scale, they invite visitors to touch, feel, respond, and reflect. In this program, the acclaimed sculptor and architect talks with Bill Moyers about a life and a career that has been shaped by her Asian-American heritage and a profound respect and love for the natural environment.
Set in the city of Lahore in 1947, this film chronicles the fate of a religiously diverse group of working-class friends during the partition of India and Pakistan.EARTH is a lush and passionate film that opens in 1947, before India and Pakistan became independent. Lahore is a cosmopolitan city seen through the eyes of a group of working class friends from different religions. Metha chronicles the fate of this group and the maddening religious fervour that sweeps the region as the partition of the two countries is decided and Lahore is ceded to Pakistan.
Art Deco design is where our modern world began and Shanghai may have been the place where art deco enjoyed its most diverse interpretation. During the 1920s and 30s, Shanghai was the most glamorous, cosmopolitan city in Asia. Dubbed "The Paris of the East," it had both an expatriate community and a middle-class Chinese population that adopted many of the trappings of Western lifestyle: jazz, dancing, and nightclubs, as well as Art Deco design. Shanghai Deco focuses on the contributions of the Chinese designers and the problems of artistic repression in times of war and political upheaval, as well as the factors that led up to the adoption and eventual demise of Shanghai's Art Deco lifestyle
Artistic expression of alternatively gendered people's lives reveals a captivating world where gender cannot be defined as simply male or female. This program features New Zealand photographer Rebecca Swan and her images for Assume Nothing, a book that explores the beauty and complexity of gender identity. Four of Swan's subjects speak candidly about their own gender identities and experiences, focusing on their creative expression as artists: Mani, born an intersex child who was raised as a girl by her parents from a very young age; Ema, a Maori woman who identifies strongly with elements of both the female and male genders; Jack, a transgender poet who underwent surgery to transition physically from female to male; and Shigeyuki, an internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary artist who is a Samoan-Japanese Fa'a fafine, who was born in a man's body but blessed with the spirit of a woman (and a man) Contains explicit language and imagery.
Born in 1962 in Seoul, South Korea, Do Ho Suh’s art is very much rooted by his own history of migration, having moved to the United States in his late twenties. From his sculptures, installations, and drawings, his works explore the notion of personal space, the boundaries of identity, and the relationship between the individual and the collective body. He is best known for his extraordinary fabric sculptures; carefully rendered full-scale replicas of personal spaces of the artist, from his childhood home in Seoul, to his New York apartment and studio.
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is best known for her inexhaustible creations involving polka-dots, pumpkins, and vibrant colors. Her love of design has seen her join forces with top fashion houses, creating her own clothing ranges.
Born in 1957 in Daegu, South Korea, Kimsooja started attracting the attention of the international art community when she began constructing Korean bottaris (fabric bundles) in her art; a gesture and motif that continues to appear in her work even today. Her art centers on the work and labor of women—first beginning with her early sewn works, to her films and video performances, and now to her sparse, experiential installations that we see today. Kimsooja’s work has been shown in numerous venues and museums around the world, and she has participated in over thirty major international biennials and triennials, including the 48th, 49th, 51st, 52nd and 55th Venice Biennale.
Margot Fonteyn said that the future of ballet lies in the hands of the people of Asia. We will focus on the development of ballet in Asia. What have Hong Kong and China done with the Russian "Vaganova" technique and why are they winning all of the ballet competitions around the world?
This is the definitive film biography of the world-renowned Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai whose print The Great Wave is as globally famous as Leonardo's Mona Lisa. With Andy Serkis reading the voice of Hokusai, the film features artists David Hockney and Maggi Hambling and passionate scholars who study, admire and venerate this great Japanese master. The film focuses on Hokusai's work, life and times in the great, bustling metropolis of Edo, now modern Tokyo. Using extraordinary close-ups and pioneering 8K Ultra HD video technology, Hokusai's prints and paintings are examined by world experts. In the process they reveal new interpretations of famous works and convey the full extent of Hokusai's extraordinary achievement as a great world artist. Hokusai influenced Monet, Van Gogh and other Impressionists, is the father of manga and has his own Great Wave emoji.
Torn from her family, her paintings, and her beloved Calcutta after the partition of India, artist Surayia Rahman finds a new life in Bangladesh teaching impoverished mothers to embroider her story-telling designs. An inspirational example of the power of art and the impact of empowering women and girls around the world, this documentary takes us on an intimate journey into the heart of an artist and celebrates an unconventional path to dignity and independence.