Fall/Winter 2013/2014 Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

Current Exhibitions


Shanghai Glamour: New Women 1910s-40s
April 26, 2013 – November 3, 2013 (new extended date)


Shanghai Glamour explores the unique allure of early 20th century Shanghai as represented by women and their fashionable dress. Exquisite outfits from the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou, are exhibited for the first time in the United States. They are on view alongside accessories, posters, lifestyle images, and period images. The exhibition showcases exceptional objects from private collections in New York, passed down from a Shanghai-born grandmother, mother, mother-in-law, or aunt to their descendants in the United States. The Shanghai Glamour narrative circles back to New York, where a number of prominent Shanghai families settled after World War II.

Front Row: Chinese American Designers
April 26, 2013 – December 1, 2013 (new extended date)


Front Row explores the ascent of Chinese American designers who contributed to the shaping of a new American sense of style. New York’s Chinese American fashion designers emerged in the 1980s, just as the city was transforming its identity from a garment center into a major fashion capital. The exhibition features iconic outfits from the sixteen designers as well as video interviews. Participating fashion designers include: Thomas Chen, David Chu, Melinda Eng, Jade Lai, Derek Lam, Wayne Lee, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Phillip Lim, Mary Ping, Peter Som, Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, Yeohlee Teng, Zang Toi, Vera Wang, and Jason Wu.


Upcoming Exhibitions


The Lee Family of New York Chinatown Since 1888
October 23, 2013 – April 13, 2014


Harold L. Lee and Sons, Inc., is a cornerstone of Chinatown. In this exhibition, MOCA traces the rise of the Lee family business over 125 years - from a modest grocery store to a national insurance brokerage. Artifacts and photographs will be presented in an authentic recreation of a Chinatown general store: an exquisite space fashioned to represent an original New York storefront complete with tin ceilings, built-in wooden cabinets, and brick walls. Their business ventures ranged from film distribution, retail, tourism, insurance brokerage, to foreign currency exchange. The Lee family history will reveal a mix of business acumen and social responsibility that helped shape and sustain the New York Chinatown of today.


A Floating Population: Chinatown Photographs by Annie Ling
December 13, 2013 – April 13, 2014

In A Floating Population, photographer Annie Ling uses her camera as an entry point to establish a deep connection with the people and spaces of Chinatown. Ling, who photographs for The New York Times, rejects the stereotypes and surface impressions that characterize so many images of the neighborhood. She spends time with those she photographs - immigrants and the elderly - both alone and with their families, photographing them with intimacy and complexity. MOCA will present three bodies of her work: “81 Bowery,” “Shut-Ins,” and “Tenements.”


Tomie Arai: Portraits of New York Chinatown
December 13, 2013 – April 13, 2014

Portraits of New York Chinatown was initiated as an oral history project by artist Tomie Arai and scholar Lena Sze as MOCA prepared to move into its current home in 2009. The project addressed the vital question of MOCA’s own role within the communities of Chinatown, Little Italy, and SoHo through interviews with 27 neighborhood residents and community leaders. Out of this material, Arai explores the ever-present pressing issues of gentrification and displacement and develops interpretive ‘portraits’ for this exhibition.

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About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)


MOCA’s mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America’s evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities and geography through our dynamic stories.

Monday – Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 11am-6pm
Thursday – 11am-9pm
Target Free Thursdays: Free gallery admission is through the generosity of Target, with additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


General Admission: $10/ MOCA Members: Free
Seniors (65+ with ID) and Students (w/school ID): $5
Children under 12 in groups less than 8: Free