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The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA): “Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving” and “Memory Prints: The Story World of Phillip Chen”

Thu, Sep 25, 2014 – Sun, Mar 1, 2015

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will present its groundbreaking exhibition examining Chinese American identity,Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving. The title of the exhibit was inspired by a Chinese proverb, “Each wave of the Yangtze River pushes at the wave ahead.” As a metaphor for Chinese American history, the waves represent successive generations of immigrants unearthing the histories of those that came before them, and in the process of discovery, addressing pertinent issues of identity, memory and history. To date, MOCA owns the largest Chinese American collection in the United States, featuring over 65,000 artifacts, oral histories, textiles, photographs, and more. The exhibition will highlight the best of its archives and special collections while engaging visitors in a discussion about identity. The Museum will celebrate its 35th year anniversary in January 2015.

  • Thu, Sep 25, 2014 – Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Memory Prints is a solo exhibition by Phillip Chen, a visual artist from the Midwest. In fifteen relief etchings centering around his family, Chen reckons with significant moments in Chinese American history. At first glance, individually and as an ensemble, these relief prints are schematic and enigmatic. Rooted in personal experiences, the prints depict precisely drawn tools and everyday objects that reflect his family’s occupational histories. The etchings can be approached as part futurist blueprints and part archaeologic shards, each juxtaposed in an almost Rube Goldberg set of relationships and movements. Their rich darkness reveal precisely drawn tools and everyday objects, an occasional human visage. Each array on each print is imaginatively filled in with lines that interlink and interrelate the items.

     

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“Index of the Disappeared: Secrets Told” — Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani at A/P/A Institute at NYU

Index of the Disappeared

Index of the Disappeared

“An Index can be a trace, a signpost, an indicator or a measurement. Our Index begins in the gaps where language ends; that is in the records of absence and absences of records where official language fails and new languages must be developed in its place,” explain Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani, the 2013-2014 A/P/A Artists-in-Residence, whose installation Index of the Disappeared: Secrets Told opens at the A/P/A Institute gallery with a reception on Thursday, February 13. Index of the Disappeared: Secrets Told is a site-specific installation of images, sound, texts, and documents related to leak prosecutions, the surveillance state, and the persistence of the panopticon in the prison-industrial complex. The installation is on view at the A/P/A Institute gallery Tuesday, February 11-Friday, March 21, 2014, 11AM-5PM, Monday-Friday.

Read more about Index of the Disappeared.

RSVP by Tuesday, February 11 here.mariam + chitra Chitra Ganesh was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she currently lives and works. Her drawing, installation, text-based work, and collaborations seek to excavate and circulate buried narratives typically excluded from official canons of history, literature, and art. Mariam Ghani was born in New York and lives in Brooklyn. Her research-based practice spans video, installation, performance, photography, and text, and operates at the intersections between place, memory, history, language, loss, and reconstruction.

 

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