Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving

When 25 Sep 2014 - 1 Mar 2015
Where The Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
United States
Cost General Admission: $10; Seniors (65+ w/ID) and Students (w/school ID): $5; Children under 12 in groups less than 10: free; MOCA Members: free
Enquiry (212) 619-4785

VIP Preview: Wednesday, September 24, 6-8pm
Public Opening: Thursday, September 25, 6-8pm

Waves of Identity transforms the Bloomberg Special Exhibitions gallery into an archive environment encouraging open exploration of MOCA’s rich collection of Chinese American history. This exhibition will present over 200 objects and stories, organized in eight sections through a series of provocative questions such as Where Does Chinatown End? How Do You Become American? and What Does It Mean To Be Chinese? This inquiry-based approach will prompt visitors to actively search for answers within archive materials and objects. The featured artifacts, documents, videos and oral histories embody and evoke the lives, complexities, and aspirations of Chinese American communities in New York Chinatown and beyond.

The exhibition will include highlights from MOCA’s special collections and previous exhibitions including intricate paper sculptures from the Fly to Freedom Collection: The Art of the Golden Venture Refugees, Recovering Chinatown: The 9/11 Collection, Marcella Chin Dear Collection, Hazel Ying Lee Collection, the Chinese Musical and Theatrical Association Collection, and more. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. During the run of the exhibition, MOCA will also offer a series of programs and educational workshops. For updates on the forthcoming program schedule, please check back on the Museum’s website.

Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving is curated by Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Yue Ma, Associate Director of Collections. Cynthia Lee served as a project advisor. It is presented in conjunction with the New-York Historical Society’s exhibition, Chinese American: Inclusion/Exclusion.

Photo courtesy of the organiser/s

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