Walking with Lions and Other Chinatown New Year Traditions

January 17 – February 25, 2024

Opening party: Wednesday, January 17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Think!Chinatown is proud to present a captivating black and white film photography exhibition by Edward Cheng. The solo show, titled “Walking with Lions and Other Chinatown New Year Traditions 伴獅巡城及華埠過年習俗" offers an interior view of the vibrant Lunar New Year celebrations in Manhattan’s iconic Chinatown. For more than two decades, Edward Cheng has chronicled Manhattan Chinatown’s Lunar New Year celebrations in black and white film. Using his 35mm, medium format camera, Cheng documents the unique blend of NYC Chinatown-specific rituals and historic traditions, showcasing the cultural resiliency of a diasporic community that has built a home in America.

The exhibition will run from January 17 to February 25, 2024, at Think!Chinatown’s Studio at 1 Pike St. Gallery hours are free and open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays from 3-6PM. This exhibition was made possible with curatorial support from Sophia Ma. For his work on this project, Edward Cheng was awarded the New York State Council on the Arts, Visual Arts grant.