MOCA Open House

Fri, Jun 26, 2009 @ 11:00am - 4:00pm

FREE admission throughout the weekend, along with special activities.


The New MOCA

Designed by renowned artist/designer Maya Lin, MOCA’s new home is a 14,000 square foot space featuring multiple exhibition galleries, interactive visitor kiosks, a multi-purpose auditorium/classroom, a research center, and a flexible space for various multidisciplinary public programs. MOCA is on its way to achieving LEED SILVER certification - incorporating environmentally sustainable design solutions throughout the museum.

The design juxtaposes the past wth the present while creating new spaces that redefine the identity of the building. At the heart of the museum is its historic skylit courtyard, left deliberately raw and untouched, that harkens back to the memory of a Chinese courtyard house or of the past. Each room of the core exhibition wraps around this courtyard and short biographic films are projected onto the glass windows facing the courtyard to give a glimpse of the stories and faces of Chinese Amercans through history- from the 1850s to the present day.

Located just inside the main entrance, The Journey Wall, comprised of individual bronze tiles, highlights the Chinese American diaspora, and links places of origin with the current homes of Chinese American families throughout the fifty states. The Journey Wall offers individuals a chance to contribute to MOCA as well as help share personal journeys that describe the larger diaspora of Chinese Americans throughout the United States.

“MOCA’s new space and its Journey Wall focus attention on individuals and families of Chinese heritage who have made their homes throughout the country, and are very much a part of the fabric of this nation. The space was designed to show the dynamic presentation of the Chinese American story, as an integral part of the greater, and continually evolving, American story,” said Ms. Lin.

The open house weekend launches an exciting summer of programs, all of which can be found here.