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The Counterculturists IV: Spaces + Subcultures

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The Counterculturists IV: Spaces + Subcultures

Time: December 9, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: University Settlement
Street: 184 Elridge (at Rivington)
City/Town: New York
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Event Discipline: film
Organized By: a4 - Network Admin
Latest Activity: Dec 4, 2014

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People of color make up almost 70% of New York, but ethnic neighborhoods, like Manhattan's Chinatown, are sometimes seen as exotic, abject spaces. What if we thought of them instead as alternative publics—spaces that disrupt the territorial edges of the rest of the city? For the Asian American Writers' Workshop's final 2014 installation of The Counterculturalists, we focus on the urban spaces of color from Chinatown and the Lower East Side to Harlem and Queens. Film director Charlie Ahearn—the director of the legendary hip-hop/graffiti film Wild Style—will introduce and screen his short film about seminal Asian American queer painter Martin Wong. Influenced by both the 1980s East Village art scene and graffiti, spanning Nuyorican LES and Manhattan Chinatown and the Haight-Ashbury, Wong was "a painter whose meticulous visionary realism... was as culturally complex as his appearance, which was usually distinguished by a Fu Manchu mustache and a cowboy hat" (New York Times). Yasmin Ramirez—Adjunct Curator of the upcoming shows at the Bronx Museum, Presente: The Young Lords in New York and Martin Wong: Human Instamatic—discusses the Nuyorican movement and the Young Lords. Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts—the author of Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America—will set up a pop-up version of BLACKNUSS, her Harlem-based mobile bookstore. Open City Fellows Humera Afridi andTanwi Nandini Islam discuss their work writing about communities of color for AAWW's Open City magazine.


Co-sponsored by the Museum of Chinese in AmericaThe Loisaida Center and University SettlementMake sure to reserve your seat here before tickets are sold out!


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