“Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving” Exhibition

The Museum of Chinese in America

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Waves of Identity transforms the Bloomberg Special Exhibitions gallery into an archive environment encouraging open exploration of MOCA’s rich collection of Chinese American history. This exhibition will present over 200 objects and stories, organized in eight sections through a series of provocative questions such as Where Does Chinatown End? How Do You Become American? and What Does It Mean To Be Chinese? This inquiry-based approach will prompt visitors to actively search for answers within archive materials and objects. The featured artifacts, documents, videos and oral histories embody and evoke the lives, complexities, and aspirations of Chinese American communities in New York Chinatown and beyond.

The exhibition will include highlights from MOCA’s special collections and previous exhibitions including intricate paper sculptures from the Fly to Freedom Collection: The Art of the Golden Venture Refugees, Recovering Chinatown: The 9/11 Collection, Marcella Chin Dear Collection, Hazel Ying Lee Collection, the Chinese Musical and Theatrical Association Collection, and more. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. During the run of the exhibition, MOCA will also offer a series of programs and educational workshops. For updates on the forthcoming program schedule, please check back on the Museum’s website.



from September 25, 2014 to March 01, 2015

Opening Reception on 2014-09-25 from 18:00 to 20:00

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