Press Release (08/26/11): Museum of Chinese in America Announces 9/11 Anniversary Program
[New York, NY] August 19, 2011 – This September marks the 2nd anniversary of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)’s new home at 215 Centre Street as well as the 10th anniversary of 9/11, a tragic event in our nation's history with a devastating impact on our surrounding Lower Manhattan neighborhood. As the cultural and historical cornerstone, curator, and educator for New York City’s Chinatown and Chinese Americans nationwide, MOCA has partnered with numerous Asian Americans and community organizations then and now to support, rebuild, and celebrate the resilience of the residents and workers of this vibrant enclave just blocks from Ground Zero. In commemoration of this ten-year milestone, MOCA is offering two programs.
On Thursday, September 8th at 7pm, MOCA and the Asian American Federation will co-present Tribute and Remembrance: Asian Americans After 9/11, a documentary featuring stories narrated by David Henry Hwang. Produced by the Federation, this film captures how the Asian American community has been affected by the attack, including its economic impact on Chinatown; U.S. policies toward racial profiling, detention, and deportation as experienced by members of the South Asian and Muslim communities; and the mental health of victims’ families and Chinatown residents. Following the screening, there will be a discussion on the status of the issues raised in the film ten years later. This program is sponsored by AT&T and is part of MOCA’s Target Free Thursdays open to the public.
Then on Tuesday, September 13th at 6:30pm, as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s InSite Art + Commemoration, conceptual artist Xu Bing will speak about his award-winning installation Where Does the Dust Itself Collect?, which will be exhibited for the first time in the United States at Spinning Wheel Bldg on 5 W. 22nd Street, from September 8th through October 9th. In 2004, Xu was awarded the inaugural Artes Mundi Prize for this work, in which he covered the floor of the National Museum & Gallery in Cardiff, Wales with dust collected from the streets of lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the attack. As a scholar of Zen Buddhism, Xu once again succeeded in transforming a concept into an arresting visual form which transcends the boundaries of the physical and spiritual, impermanence and eternity.
Over the last ten years, MOCA has grown as an intrinsic part of Lower Manhattan’s economic revitalization efforts. “Given who we are, documenting stories of Chinese Americans and engaging the public in reflection on their living history is vital to rebuilding. And, programs such as Chinatown POV: Reflections on September 11th, a collection of first-person accounts, photographs and mixed media depicting neighborhood voices is central to our mission. “said Jessica Chao, Interim Director of the Museum. “We are proud of our achievements and will continue to serve the local and broader community.”
About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is the leading national museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of people of Chinese descent in the United States. From its Maya Lin-designed home on the border of Chinatown and SoHo in New York City at 215 Centre Street, MOCA collects and displays historical and cultural artifacts, and organizes traveling exhibitions, classes, discussions, and events that explore all aspects of the Chinese American experience in the United States. MOCA began as a community-based organization founded in 1980, has evolved into a national keeper of cultural information and an influential voice in the ongoing history of Chinese and Chinese American culture across the country. The Museum’s original location at 70 Mulberry Street, currently the Collections and Research Center, is in the heart of Chinatown on the second floor of the historic, century-old school building that was once Public School 23. For more information, visit www.mocanyc.org.
Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5pm
The Museum is closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except for prescheduled group tours and special programs.
General Admission: $7
Seniors (65+ with ID) and
Students (w/school ID): $4
Children under 12 in groups less than 8: Free
MOCA Members: Free
Target Free Thursdays: Free gallery admission every Thursday through the generosity of Target.
MOCA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization supported by its members, individual donors, and by public and private funds.