The FOLD Variations: Letters c/o 196 Canal & Poems from Unearthings

Thu, Mar 22, 2018 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Tickets (includes museum admission): $10/adult; $5/student, senior, educator; free for MOCA Members

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Experience the final days of FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures with an evening of in-gallery readings exploring the everyday lived experiences of the Chinese in America.

Featuring: Wendy Chen, Xiaoyan (Stella) Li, Dani Frank, and Zoe Liu.

Wendy Chen reads from Unearthings, her debut work that confronts the complexities of cultural, ancestral, and familial inheritance.

Xiaoyan Li, Dani Frank, and Zoe Liu perform Letters Alive, inspired by personal correspondence from MOCA’s archives that they uncovered while interning at MOCA Collections and Research Center.



Wendy Chen is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Most Promising Young Poet Prize, and fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her work has been accepted in numerous publications such as Crazyhorse, Rattle, American Poets, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She earned
her MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. She is co-founder and editor for Figure 1. Her debut work, Unearthings, is the fourth selection in Tavern Books’ Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series.


Dani Frank hails from Illinois and is currently pursuing an M.S. at Pratt in Museums and Digital Culture. She received a B.A. in Anthropology at Southern Illinois University with minors in Art History and Museum Studies. After graduating, she spent a few years doing archaeology across Illinois at both historic and prehistoric sites before moving to the Collections department of the Tennessee State Museum. While working at TSM, she was given the opportunity to accession a newly acquired archeological collection as well as assist in the designing and installing of the collection in a permanent exhibit.


Xiaoyan (Stella) Li is currently completing her MA thesis in Oral History at Columbia University. She earned her B.A degree in Journalism from Jilin University in China. After graduation, she worked in the Cui Yongyuan Center for Oral History at Communication University of China for over two years. Her project for her thesis is Veterans of Chinese Nationalist Party in New York aiming to document the life stories of those old soldiers whose images are vague in modern Chinese history.


Born and raised in Keelung, Taiwan, Zoe Liu lived in Hangzhou and Shanghai, China for 9 years before coming to the U.S. for college at Stony Brook University, majoring in Sociology.