Monday, August 30, 2021

Experience MOCA Commissioned Performances: J CHEN PROJECT's You Are Safe and ARKAI's In Radiance





This Labor Day weekend, we cordially invite you to visit MOCA on Saturday, September 4, to experience a live performance of You Are Safe by J CHEN PROJECT at 12:00 PM EDT and a live performance of In Radiance by ARKAI at 1:00 PM EDT, both commissioned for our special exhibition Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism.




You Are Safe

Notes from Jessica Chen of J CHEN PROJECT

You Are Safe is a response to the current escalation in xenophobia and bigotry targeting Asian-Americans. In 2020, hate crimes involving AAPI victims soared in NYC. This work immerses audiences in the uplifting voice of collective Asian American resilience, by using the power of the body to offer a transcendental expression of our collective humanity. By generating awareness, amplifying stories that go unheard, and transforming painful experiences into something beautiful and powerful, we can take steps towards healing. That process begins with telling our own stories ourselves and ensuring that others hear them too.

Sound Score Composed by Tony Yang

Costumes Designed by Lui Konno

Performed by Hayoung Roh, Rafael Sanchez, Xiang Xu, Sumire Ishige, Fang-Ting Yeh, Chieh Hsiung, Carl Ponce Cubero

In Radiance

Notes from Philip Sheegog and Jonathan Miron of ARKAI

In light of the recent rise in AAPI hate crimes, we sought to write a piece that would bring solace and healing into the world.

The piece is structured in three parts, opening with a scene of isolation, emptiness, and confusion. It questions the tragic violence and yearns for belonging.

The second section transforms in a resurgence of spirit and steadfast resolve to be. We rediscover the motions and emotions of daily life—enduring resilience, jubilant dances, and proud dignity.

The third section emerges with a newfound radiance, illuminated through communal healing and understanding. There is collective care, hope, and an assurance that everything will be all right.

This musical cycle is a representation of life’s journey in its many forms. Through every challenge, what sustains our humanity is the love and compassion that we give to each other.





Responses is an offering to our country in a moment of crisis. Chinese and Asian Americans are being blamed as the genesis of the coronavirus and targeted in assaults across the country, harming their bodies as well as their sense of belonging. To help us navigate what is happening, the exhibition explores the lessons of history and raises a collective voice against the rising tide of anti-Asian hate and violence.

A monumental Timeline of Anti-Asian Racism in America lines the perimeter walls with historic lowlights in the treatment of Asians and Asian Americans. Hand-painted and inscribed by MOCA team and community members, the timeline details events related to American imperialism in Asia, early race riots that uprooted established immigrant communities, discriminatory laws and policies that reinforced Asian American marginalization, intimidation campaigns during the communist Red Scare, and Islamophobia after 9/11, among other injustices. It culminates with an expanded look at the past year’s spike in anti-Asian violence. Artist Homer Shew brings these events to life with newly commissioned murals that reflect the strength of our communities throughout this long history.

The central Response Wall features submissions to MOCA’s OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection, an initiative to document and preserve stories of collective Asian American resilience, generosity and agency during the pandemic. Since April 2020, we have gathered community voices through documentary photography, video footage, original art and music, protest signs, and social media awareness campaigns. The projected video and soundtrack weaves together excerpts from oral histories conducted over the past year to tell a multi-dimensional story of the pandemic through an Asian American lens.

We invite and encourage you to add your stories and responses to the wall. By doing so, you can boost the healing energy of our voices joined into a singular cry for justice.



From Our Partner



MOCA's institutional partner New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) is resuming their in-person classes this fall semester! To welcome everyone back to their in-person classes, NYCCC will have an Open House Weekend on September 11 and 12 for all to come and try out their classes at MOCA and All Star Studios.



The Open House Weekend will be free for all to attend! Classes will follow the Fall semester schedule. Come meet the teachers, catch up with old friends and make new friends! 

Registration for the Open House Weekend classes is required as space is limited. All participants must wear masks and anyone 12 years and older must show proof of vaccination and photo ID. 

*Although the Saturday 9/11 Open House at MOCA will be from 10 AM - 2 PM, separate registrations are required for each class.





NYC Vaccine Mandate

Proof of Vaccine and Identification Required

Recently, New York City launched “Key to NYC” requirements under a Mayoral Executive Order which impacts MOCA's staff and visitors. MOCA is requiring all patrons ages 12 and older to provide proof that they have received at least one vaccination dose with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization. Children under 12 are not affected but must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

Visitors need to present an ID matching the name on their vaccine documentation. All patrons are also required to wear masks while inside the museum. Vaccination requirements and venue protocols are subject to change, be sure to check our visitor policies for the latest information. Our top priority is the safety of everyone who walks through our doors. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we continue to respond to ever-changing conditions.

Acceptable methods for providing proof of vaccination include:

· New York State Excelsior Pass

· NYC COVID Safe App: Android | iOS

· CDC Vaccination Card (Photo or Hard Copy)

· NYC Vaccination Record (Photo or Hard Copy)

· A photo or hard copy of an official vaccination record of a vaccine administered outside the United States for one of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm, or Sinovac.

If you have questions regarding this new policy, please email us at


The Museum offers Free Admission For All throughout the run of the Responses exhibition, until September 19, 2021. No reservations needed.

Museum Hours

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

11:00 AM – 9:00 PM: Thursday

CLOSED: Monday

Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism and related programs are made possible with the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Con Edison, Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC)®, Stash, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Special thank you to Edward Cheng, former Director of Communications, for his tireless contributions to the OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection oral histories. In gratitude for a generous gift from MacKenzie Scott, MOCA is able to reopen the Museum and present this exhibit with free admission for all.




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