Unfolding The American Dream
At the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures takes on the ambitious goal of actively engaging visitors in a conversation about immigration issues by presenting the story of the passengers of the Golden Venture, a ship carrying undocumented Chinese immigrants that ran aground in New York City in 1993. While the 282 undocumented Chinese immigrants and asylum seekers were detained at York County Prison, they practiced the traditional Chinese folk art of paper folding and made more than 10,000 meticulously folded paper sculptures, including caged birds, American eagles, and the Statue of Liberty. More than 40 of these sculptures, selected from MOCA’s collection, will be on display. The organizing principle for the exhibition’s content and design is a focus on the “fold” as a form, action and metaphor. Although the pieces are Chinese folk art, their subject matter is uniquely American. In addition, recently recorded oral history interviews with many of the immigrants and their supporters will also be played on overhead speakers to provide multiple perspectives on the attainment of the American Dream.
October 05, 2017 through March 25, 2018. Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street New York, NY 10013, 855-955-MOCA. www.mocanyc.org.