Past Exhibitions

  • 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.

  • Thu, Nov 19, 2009 - Mon, Jan 4, 2010

    Chapter II: Crossing Boundaries explores four artists’ diverse approaches to cultural boundaries. Ming Fay, Zhang Hongtu, Long-Bin Chen and Shiyi Sheng relocated to New York from different places at different times, with disparate educational and life experiences. Before the artists’ relocation to New York, issues of cultural identity were scarcely of their concern, as the Han Chinese culture was, and still is, the predominant culture in their homelands. It was only after they had settled into the life and culture of New York that they individually realized they could not avoid cross-cultural issues, both in life and art. A certain hybridity in their works evinces a focus on cross-cultural issues, but their responses to those issues vary greatly in their approach.

  • Tue, Sep 22, 2009 - Mon, Nov 2, 2009

    This exhibition showcases twelve contemporary artists of Chinese heritage, who over the last two decades have established their careers in the global metropolis of New York. Presented in three consecutive chapters—Part I: Visual Memories, Part II: Crossing Boundaries, and Part III: Towards Transculturalism—Here & Now examines the shifting relationship between the artist and tradition, the crossing of boundaries in a multicultural environment, and the reinvention of culture. In a swiftly globalizing world, with China quickly emerging as a new superpower, New York’s Chinese artists are asking themselves, “Why still here?” and “Why still now?”