MOCA occupies an airy former machine shop designed by prominent Chinese-American architect Maya Lin. In an interior loosely inspired by a traditional Chinese house, with rooms radiating off a central courtyard and areas defined by screens, MOCA’s core exhibit traces the development of Chinese communities on these shores from the 17th century to the present through objects, images and video. Mixed-media displays cover the development of industries such as laundries and restaurants in New York, Chinese stereotypes in pop culture, and the suspicion and humiliation Chinese-Americans endured during World War II and the McCarthy era. A mocked-up Chinese general store evokes the multipurpose spaces that served as vital community lifelines for men severed from their families under the 1882 Exclusion Act, which restricted immigration. A gallery is devoted to temporary exhibitions, such as the work of contemporary Chinese-American artists.
|Venue name:||Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)|
215 Centre Street
|Cross street:||between Grand and Howard Sts|
|Opening hours:||Tue, Wed, Fri–Sun 11am–6pm; Thu 11am–9pm|
|Transport:||Subway: J, Z, N, Q, R, 6 to Canal St|
|Price:||$10, seniors and students $5, children under 12 free. Thu free|
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MOCA, the gem in Chinatown that is as nostalgic as the ancient alleyways on Pell Street that transport you to a place that transcend through time. From the wooden floor to the changing exhibit that display different marks in history, the collaboration to continue conserving and narrating the Chinese culture is a big responsibility that MOCA has continue doing so gracefully through the modernity of time. Good job!
totally inspired by MOCA's recent exhibition which shown Chinese history and cultures and arts at the same time.