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Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065

We cordially invite you to a special conversation with award-winning architect and artist Maya Lin as she will discuss her vision and architectural design for the New MOCA and other upcoming projects.

How We Dressed in the Beautiful Country: Selections from the Museum of Chinese in America’s Fashion and Costume Collections

In partnership with East Side House for The Winter Show 2023, MOCA has curated capsule exhibitions highlighting two of its key collections of fashion and costumes: the remarkable hand-tailored qipaos of Aileen Pei, step-mother of I.M. Pei, who lived through historic epochs in early 20th century China before settling with her family in New York in the 1940s, and the dramatically ornate opera gowns from the Chinese Musical and Theatrical Association, an organization that preserved Cantonese opera in New York’s Chinatown beginning in the 1930s. Aileen Pei’s dresses reflect the spirit of creativity, experimentation and a cosmopolitanism that made 1930s Shanghai a bustling international fashion capital. She brought her collection of qipaos and sense of style to New York after fleeing war-ravaged China in the early 1940s.

Cantonese opera was brought to America in the late 19th century by professional troupes from China who traveled with costumes, instruments, and props to entertain early Chinese American communities. The rare gowns on display, created by a renowned costume studio in Guangzhou in the late 19th century, were recovered from a devastating fire that destroyed MOCA’s Collections and Research Center in January 2020. A collective effort by MOCA staff, board, volunteers, and supporters from all over the world helped salvage 95% of its collection and create a new facility to store and care for its precious artifacts documenting the history of Chinese in America.

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Opening Night Party

January 19 | 5 PM – 9 PM­

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Young Collectors Night

January 26 | 6:00 PM – 9 PM

Connoisseurs Night

January 27 | 5:30 PM – 8 PM

General Admission Single-Entry Ticket

January 20 – 29

VIP Collectors Pass

January 20 – 29

(11AM early access on Saturdays and Tuesday)

Reserve Run-Of-Show Tickets

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales goes where they are needed most, enabling MOCA to stay true to its mission by providing an inspiring visitor experience.

Public Show Dates

Friday, January 20 – Sunday, January 29

M | W | F 12 PM – 8 PM

Tu | Th 12 PM – 5 PM

Sat. 12 PM – 7 PM

Sun. 12 PM – 6 PM

January 27, 2023
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm