Chinatown’s thriving art scene will be on display during our NYC Cultural Festival on Sunday, January 26, to coincide with Lunar New Year. Get in the spirit of the Year of the Rat by planning a visit to some of Chinatown’s most exciting galleries, museums, and shops highlighted below!
1. Located on Mott Street, Wing on Wo & Co. is the oldest continually-run family business in Chinatown. Known for their unique porcelain wares, the shop has been in business since 1925! The W.O.W. Project, founded by fifth-generation store owner Mei Lum, is a community-based initiative that reinvents, preserves, and encourages Chinatown’s creative history through panel discussions, artist residency programs, film screenings, and more.
2. The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), located on Centre Street, traces its roots back to 1980, when the organization (then known as New York Chinatown History Project) was founded by historian John Kuo Wei Tchen and community resident and activist Charles Lai. Today, the museum brings together 160 years of Chinese American history through interactive exhibitions, educational programs, and more.
3. With a background in textile art, Bridget Donahue opened her eponymous gallery at 99 Bowery in 2015. The gallery’s widely acclaimed exhibitions include works by Jessi Reaves, Martine Syms, Susan Cianciolo, and more.
4. A recent transplant from Downtown Brooklyn, Jack Barrett Gallery on Henry Street stages solo and group contemporary art exhibitions by artists Quay Quinn Wolf, Amy Brener, Guadalupe Maravilla, and more.
5. Walk around the corner to East Broadway where two contemporary art galleries, Sargent’s Daughters and Shrine, share one home. Whereas Shrine specializes in self-taught and outsider art, Sargent’s Daughters represents several emerging female artists including Wendy Red Star, Emily Furr, Brandi Twilley, and more.
6. Fans of avant-garde literature and music flock to Aeon Bookstore, located one block west, and Two Bridges Music Arts, located inside New York Mart Mall directly under the Manhattan Bridge.
This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club, a nonprofit organization with the mission to educate youth about Chinese heritage through the culture of lion dance, martial arts and athletics.