Past Exhibitions

  • Thu, Sep 24, 2015 - Sun, Mar 27, 2016

    In this survey exhibition, architectural historian Kerri Culhane documents and explores Poy Gum Lee’s (1900-1968) nearly 50-year long career in both China and New York and examines Lee’s modernist influence in New York Chinatown. This project will result in the first-ever comprehensive list of Lee’s projects in New York. Due to popular demand, Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee 1923-1968 has been extended through March 27!

  • Thu, Sep 24, 2015 - Sun, Mar 27, 2016

    An award-winning anthropological case study by designer Stephen Fan, SUB URBANISMS explores the controversial conversion of suburban single-family homes into multi-family communities by immigrant Chinese casino workers in Connecticut. Addressing the norms, cultural values, and public policies that determine how most Americans live, the exhibition juxtaposes immigrant cultural beliefs and pragmatism with suburban American social, aesthetic, and financial codes. Due to popular demand, SUB URBANISMS: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape has been extended through March 27!

  • Thu, Oct 8, 2015 - Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and WhiteBox are pleased to present the first solo exhibition in New York of Yu Lik Wai, one of the most renowned filmmakers and cinematographers working today.

  • Thu, Mar 26, 2015 - Sun, Sep 13, 2015

    In celebration of the Museum’s 35th anniversary this spring, MOCA is proud to present Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong. Celebrated painter, muralist, kite-maker, lithographer and calligrapher, Tyrus Wong is one of the greatest Chinese American artists of the 20th century. This highly anticipated exhibition showcases his extraordinary body of work including Disney’s iconic American children’s classic, Bambi. Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco, CA.

  • Thu, Sep 25, 2014 - Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will present its groundbreaking exhibition examining Chinese American identity, Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving. The title of the exhibit was inspired by a Chinese proverb, “Each wave of the Yangtze River pushes at the wave ahead.” As a metaphor for Chinese American history, the waves represent successive generations of immigrants unearthing the histories of those that came before them, and in the process of discovery, addressing pertinent issues of identity, memory and history. To date, MOCA owns the largest Chinese American collection in the United States, featuring over 65,000 artifacts, oral histories, textiles, photographs, and more. The exhibition will highlight the best of its archives and special collections while engaging visitors in a discussion about identity. The Museum will celebrate its 35th year anniversary in January 2015.

  • Thu, Sep 25, 2014 - Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Memory Prints is a solo exhibition by Phillip Chen, a visual artist from the Midwest. In fifteen relief etchings centering around his family, Chen reckons with significant moments in Chinese American history. At first glance, individually and as an ensemble, these relief prints are schematic and enigmatic. Rooted in personal experiences, the prints depict precisely drawn tools and everyday objects that reflect his family’s occupational histories. The etchings can be approached as part futurist blueprints and part archaeologic shards, each juxtaposed in an almost Rube Goldberg set of relationships and movements. Their rich darkness reveal precisely drawn tools and everyday objects, an occasional human visage. Each array on each print is imaginatively filled in with lines that interlink and interrelate the items.