Past Exhibitions

  • Lee Mingwei: The Travelers and The Quartet Project
    Thu, Oct 20, 2011 - Mon, Mar 26, 2012

    For over a decade, Taiwan born American artist Lee Mingwei has been at the forefront of an artistic impulse that has gained traction in recent years: participatory art. This fall, MOCA will present a solo exhibition of Lee, including two of his participation-based projects, The Travelers, a MOCA commission, and The Quartet Project.

  • Works in Clay and Mixed Media by Carole Wong Chesek
    Thu, May 5, 2011 - Mon, Sep 19, 2011

    Works in Clay and Mixed Media by Carole Wong Chesek

    The exhibit Unearthing presents an unprecedented selection of Carole Wong Chesek’s oeuvre, focusing on work from her mixed media assemblages and selections from two series of recent ceramic pieces. Constantly questioning and investigating for better understanding and interpretation, her work reflects some of the quintessential American issues of assimilation and identity.

  • Chinese Puzzles
    Sat, Nov 6, 2010 - Mon, Sep 5, 2011

    Games for the Hands and Mind


    China’s rich tradition of puzzles and fascination with puzzling objects is thoroughly embedded in its arts and culture, and has been a popular cultural export to America since the 19th century. The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) presents Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind, curated by Wei Zhang and Peter Rasmussen.

  • Chinatown POV: Reflections on September 11th
    Sat, Sep 11, 2010 - Mon, Nov 29, 2010

    Chinatown POV: Reflections on September 11th presents first-person accounts and perspectives of residents, workers and stakeholders of New York Chinatown, a neighborhood just ten blocks away from Ground Zero. On view are the community photo-documentation, studies, reports, artwork, and ephemera related to Chinatown and its recovery that the museum began collecting shortly after the tragic events of September 11th.

  • Thu, Sep 2, 2010 - Mon, Oct 11, 2010

    This fall, the Museum of Chinese in America explores the hundred-year history of the Yale-China Association and the personal narratives behind its long history of cross-cultural exchange. Both Here and There: Yale-China and a Century of Transformative Encounters includes personal accounts, images, and artifacts that together explore the profound power of grassroots exchange on communities, cultures, and individuals an ocean apart. Since 1901, the Yale-China Association has built U.S.-China relations through programs in education, health, public service, and the arts. Both Here and There, organized by Yale-China, will be on view at MOCA from September 2 through October 11, 2010.

  • Thu, Feb 11, 2010 - Sun, Mar 28, 2010

    Presented in Chapter III of Here & Now: Chinese Artists in New York, Towards Transculturalism includes 4 artists of Chinese descent who endeavor to be part of the transculturalism trend in the era of globalization. Working in varied medium and style, the four featured artists, Emily Cheng, Hung-Chih Peng, YoYo Xiao and Shen Chen share interest in using universal language in their art creations. Although they all have more or less connections with the Chinese art tradition, they pursue methods that are understandable and acceptable to a larger audience on the international level.