Exhibitions & Artifacts
MOCA strives to present Chinese culture and heritage through a thought-provoking showcase of exhibitions and cultural programs. The museum not only endeavours to engage people in the appreciation of Chinese American history but also to educate visitors and the community on issues that are history in the making.
Some past MOCA exhibits include “ Many True Stories: Life in Chinatown On and After September 11th” and “Here & Now: Chinese Artists in New York”. China’s beloved tradition of puzzles and its influence on arts and culture in America is explored in “ Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind”.
MOCA also boasts one of the most important archives of materials that tell the story of Chinese life in the United States. Highlights of the special collections include “ Recovering Chinatown: the 9/11 Collection” which displays items that show the impact of the 9/11 attacks on the neighbourhood which is just ten blocks from Ground Zero. The “ Cheongsam (Qi Pao) Collection” showcases Chinese design and fashion with 77 custom-tailored Chinese dresses (cheongsam) from the 1930s and 1940s.