Here and Now: Transnationalism

When 31 Dec 1969

Here and Now: Chapter III-Towards Transnationalism

Work by Hung-Chih Peng, Yoyo Xiao, Emily Cheng & Shen Chen

Curated by Qian Zhijian

February 11-March 28 2010

Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA)
215 Centre Street NY NY 10013
Tel. 212-619-4785

Press Release:

The third and final installment, Towards Transculturalism, presents four artists of Chinese descent who are part of the transculturalism trend in this era of globalization. Working in varied media and styles, Emily Cheng, Hung-Chih Peng, YoYo Xiao and Shen Chen share an interest in using a universal language in the creation of their art. Although they all have some connection with the Chinese art tradition, they pursue methods that are understandable and acceptable to an international audience. In their later careers, each departed from the Chinese tradition and moved in a direction that transcends notions of Eastern or Western art. Currently their art is receiving greater attention not only in New York but also in global cities in Asia, and China in particular, where they frequently exhibit their works.

About the Curator:

Zhijian Qian is currently a full-time faculty member at Parsons The New School for Design. He is a specialist in modern and contemporary Chinese & East Asian art and art of the Chinese Diaspora, with special interests in art and politics, art and visual culture, art criticism in China, and art and cultural identity in the Chinese Diaspora. His articles have appeared in Art JournalArt AsiaPacific,Jiangsu Art Monthly (China) and Art Observation (China). He was formerly editor of Art Magazine (China), and curator of Travelers Between Cultures andEast Transplanted West.

About the Museum:

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is the leading museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of people of Chinese descent in the United States.  MOCA began as a community-based organization founded in 1980 by John Kuo Wei Tchen and Charles Lai and Chinese American artists, historians and students who felt that the memories of first-generation “old-timer” Chinese Americans would be lost without oral history, photo documentation, research, and collecting efforts. Now a focal point of the community’s cultural life, the Museum has evolved into not only the keeper of the community’s documented history, but the community’s cultural history as well. On September 22, 2009, the Museum moved into a new location designed by Maya Lin at 215 Centre Street. The Museum’s original location (which will continue to be used for archives and collections) is in the heart of Chinatown on the second floor of the historic, century-old school building that was once Public School 23.

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