Press Release (03/16/11): Chinese Puzzles Exhibit Extended. New Puzzles, Curator-led Programs Added

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Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind
Showcases a Thousand Years of Antique Puzzles


MARCH 16, 2011 NEW YORK, NY—The MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA’S (MOCA) latest exhibit, Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind, has been extended to September 5th with new puzzles and rare opportunities for all ages and skill levels to experience the exhibit through curator-led public programs.


Beginning March 20th MOCA will feature talks, tours, and an exciting opportunity to handle puzzles guided by the curators/collectors themselves, Wei Zhang and Peter Rasmussen. They will also demonstrate selected antique puzzles from their collection not on view in the exhibit.


Drawn from Zhang and Rasmussen’s collection of more than 1300 puzzles, books, and graphic materials, the exhibit showcases 100 objects from the Song dynasty through the mid-20th century. The exhibition explores multiple types of puzzles, including tangram, the game that sparked the world’s first international puzzle craze; the nine linked rings, an object of interest for mathematicians and computer scientists; and the sliding block puzzle, a challenge in military strategy. Afforded the same attention as works of fine art and master artisanry, these mechanical puzzles are made from a variety of materials such as wood, porcelain, carved ivory, and mother-of-pearl.


Among the new puzzles added are puzzle rings and bracelets exquisitely decorated with Chinese auspicious symbols, a rare ivory fifteen piece puzzle in a brass case as well as a charming Tangram condiment dish set, used to serve guests during Chinese New Year and other special occasions. On the dishes are drawings of selected figures from the late-17th-century woodblock classic A Register of the Incomparable. The new additions to the exhibit will debut March 24th to coincide with Asian Arts Week.


Zhang and Rasmussen will personally offer unique insights to the collection through gallery tours, talks, and a one-time opportunity to handle puzzles not included in the exhibit.



Curator’s Talk: Antique Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind

Saturday, March 19th 2-3PM

Curator-led Gallery Tours
Sunday, March 20th 2PM and 4PM
Thursday, March 24th 2PM and 4PM

Hands-on Public Program with Curators
Thursday, March 24th 7-8pm


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 by Chinese American artists, historians and students who felt that the memories of first-generation “old-timers” in Chinatown would be lost without oral history, photo documentation, research, and collecting efforts. Now a resource for historians and community members alike, the Museum 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

Monday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
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.

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