Thursday, September 24, 2009

Maya Lin’s Museum of Chinese in America opens in New York

The Museum of Chinese in America's central courtyard, featuring the ongoing exhibition "With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America"
New york. US artist and architect Maya Lin, best known for creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, has designed the new Museum of Chinese in America, which opens in New York today. Located in a former machine shop on Centre Street, the building echoes traditional Chinese architecture with an exposed brick, sky-lit courtyard that opens onto exhibition galleries, a research centre, auditorium and space for public programmes. The inaugural shows include a historical look at Chinese immigrant culture in the US as well as the museum’s first exhibition of contemporary work by artists of Chinese descent living in New York, “Here & Now: Chinese Artists in New York”. This has been organised into three parts, the first (running until 2 November) featuring artists Xu Bing, Yun-Fei Ji, Lin Yan and Cui Fei, with the other two parts opening on 19 November and 10 January.


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