"America through a Chinese Lens" An exhibition of 60 photographs depicting American life taken by 12 Chinese artists, documentary photographers and non-professionals, identifying the specific ways in which the Chinese see this country. Amidst a global renaissance of popular protest and the persistent question of political liberty in China, "June 4, 1989: Media and Mobilization Beyond Tiananmen Square" revisits the largest spontaneous rallies in Chinese history during the 'Beijing Spring'.
America Through A Chinese Lens
Curated by Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions
Featuring photographs and projects by:
Yan Deng, Wing Young Huie, Wayne Liu, Arthur Ou, Julie Quon, Ka-Man Tse, Tseng Kwong Chi, Ann Woo, An Xiao, Amy Yao, Chien-An Yuan, Hai Zhang, Jiajia Zhang
Community photographs from MOCA’s collection
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: chineseinamerica.tumblr.com.
June 4, 1989: Media and Mobilization Beyond Tiananmen Square
Curated by Ryan Lee Wong, Assistant Curator
Amidst a global renaissance of popular protest and the persistent question of political liberty in China, June 4, 1989: Media and Mobilization Beyond Tiananmen Square revisits the largest spontaneous rallies in Chinese history. During the “Beijing Spring” of 1989, millions of Chinese marched and rallied in a student-led movement demanding democratic reform. The protests ended in a brutal military crackdown on June 4.
The news from Tiananmen ignited a kindred movement in America. The Museum of Chinese in America holds an extensive collection of Asian American and Chinese-language periodicals, which form the main narrative of the Chinese American outcry. Journals like AsianWeek, East West, China Daily News, World Journal, and Zhong Bao, on display, covered the Chinese American community’s large-scale rallies and efforts to aid the Chinese dissidents.
By revisiting the dispatches from 1989, we may reflect critically on the inseparable roles of protester, journalist, and spectator.
Vivian Chiu (212) 619-4785 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street New York, NY 10013
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Thursday, 11am - 9pm
The Museum is closed to the public on Monday
General Admission: $7
Seniors (65+ w/ID) and Students (w/school ID): $4
Children under 12 in groups less than 8: free