Portraits of New York Chinatown

December 19, 2013 – April 13, 2014
All Day

Portraits of New York Chinatown was initiated as an oral history project by artist Tomie Arai and scholar Lena Sze as MOCA prepared to move into its current home in 2009. The project addressed the vital question of MOCA’s own role within the communities of Chinatown, Little Italy, and SoHo through interviews with 27 neighborhood residents and community leaders. At the core of these conversations were the ever-present concerns of gentrification and displacement. Out of this material, Arai developed interpretive ‘portraits’ based on the content of the interviews.Her composite portrait of Chinatown involves a complex blend of oral history, screen printing, and personal artifacts selected by the artist and her subjects. Image Credit: Tomie Arai, Framing an American Identity, 1992. - See more at: http://www.mocanyc.org/exhibitions/portraits_of_new_york_chinatown#sthash.apHuhB1l.dpuf

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