On View at CHSA, Lower Level: 965 Clay Street, San Francisco Opens February 24, 2018 YWCA San Francisco+Marin’s new photography exhibit Living with Dignity—Thriving In Community is on view now at CHSA. This moving exhibit features vivid portraits of YWCA residents shot by local photographer and dedicated YWCA volunteer Mark Reynolds of On The Mark Photography. Mark Reynolds has captured the resilient stories of our residents and provided an opportunity for the community to experience this very intimate journey. Stop by CHSA to see beautiful photos of our neighbors, the senior residents of the YWCA! Read more about our longstanding partnership with the YWCA in … [read more →]
BLANK BOY CANVAS // art exhibit SAN FRANCISCO // CALIFORNIA May 19th – June 4th, 2016 @ The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum 965 Clay Street // San Francisco, CA 94108 OPENING RECEPTION // FRIDAY MAY 20TH // CHSA // 5-7PM FREE YOUTH WORKSHOPS // FRIDAY JUNE 3RD // CHSA // 1-5PM // register here > CLOSING RECEPTION // FRIDAY JUNE 3RD // CHSA // 5-8PM // RSVP here > Sponsored by: Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office San Francisco | ZUNI RSVP here > Danny Yung brings Tian Tian to North America in a collaboration that combines his … [read more →]
The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad—The Railroad Helped Build America A four-part exhibition series featuring photography by Alfred Hart & Li Ju Produced by Stanford University’s CRRW Project and Guangxi Normal University Press Group In 2016, the CHSA Main Gallery hosted a new exhibition produced by Stanford University’s CRRW Project and Guangxi Normal University Press Group, The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad, the Railroad Helped Build America. The multi-panel exhibition presents a comprehensive historical overview of how the First Transcontinental Railroad was built, and how thousands of Chinese laborers made the completion of the railroad possible. The full exhibition prominently … [read more →]
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition (PPIE), the Chinese Historical Society of America is presenting “Underground Chinatown,” a penetrating look back at a troubling aspect of PPIE, also known as the 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair. The exhibition focuses on a popular attraction in the 1915 Fair’s “Joy Zone” that fascinated visitors with false portrayals of the Chinese community. With this presentation, CHSA explores persistent racial myths and stereotypes and their complex impact on our community. The exhibition will be on view April 2, 2015 through April 2, 2016 at the Chinese Historical Society of … [read more →]
Part III: Turning Heads opens Oct 10 2015, with an opening reception and curator’s talk on Oct 17, 2015. Curated by Sally Yu Leung, From Manchu to China Chic: the Evolution of the Qipao, it features outfits from 1890s to 2000s along with accessories, posters, and period images on loan from prominent private collections. The qipao, known as a mandarin gown or cheongsam, has a hybrid design combining elements from Han Chinese, Manchu and Western clothing. The term qipao refers to a traditional garment that was transformed into a slender, form-fitting dress in Shanghai, known as the Paris of the … [read more →]
On view through September 12, 2015 in the Choy Gallery Currently in the Choy Gallery: The Forgotten Art of Lion Dance Puzzles, curated by artist and historian Corey Chan. This exhibition is based on Chan’s forthcoming book about the history and usage of lion dance puzzles. These puzzles are done by lion dancers and are physical and mental challenges reserved for special occasions, such as the opening of a new business or blessings for newly wedded couples. Chan says they are “entertaining performances which underline our universal human desires to live happier lives.” The props in the Choy Gallery demonstrate how … [read more →]
Save the date January 17, 2015 for the opening of the “Roots: Him Mark Lai Family History Project” exhibit in the Yick Gallery. Every year a cohort of young Chinese Americans are brought together to delve into their ancestry in the Pearl River Delta of southern China. This exhibit showcases the often intense and personal journey of identity each intern goes through. Please join the ten interns of the 2014 cohort as they present their Roots to you.
On view now in the Choy Gallery Since 2011, CHSA has been proud to share the remarkable watercolors of Jake Lee. We are happy to announce that several of his works from the CHSA Museum Collection are now on loan to the landmark exhibition, Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion at the New York Historical Society. We are fortunate to exhibit several Jake Lee paintings acquired recently: Chinatown Rooftops, Laundry Hanging from Building, and Weaverville Joss House. We are also pleased to include a bust of Jake Lee by sculptor Howard Lazar and videos featuring Mr. Lee that originally aired on public access … [read more →]