Past Exhibitions

  • America through a Chinese Lens
    Thu, Apr 26, 2012 - Sun, Sep 9, 2012

    America through a Chinese Lens surveys photography of American life as shot by contemporary Chinese and Chinese American artists, documentary photographers and non-professionals, identifying the specific ways in which the Chinese have used the camera to see this country - its beauty, contradictions, and realities. The exhibition spans many generations of photographers: contemporary artists who use the medium as well as snapshots taken by new immigrants from the 1950s to today which have been selected from MOCA’s permanent collection. During the run of the show, new media artist and design strategist An Xiao will be shooting and posting photographs regularly as she travels throughout the west and southwest, offering a live visual essay about her America on our tumblr page:

  • 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.