The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) marks the eleventh anniversary of the opening of its Museum and Learning Center in the landmark Julia Morgan-designed Chinatown YWCA Building at 965 Clay Street in San Francisco. On Saturday, November 10, 2012, CHSA invites the community for a FREE day-long 11th Anniversary Celebration from 11am to 4pm, featuring performances, talks, exhibits, workshops, and refreshments. All events are free and open to the public. www.chsa.org
“We invite the public to be a part of this historic celebration of our 11th anniversary,” says Sue Lee, CHSA Executive Director. “Each year our mission and activities are further enriched. Many landmark events have happened in the Chinese American community this past year, including the inauguration of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. We look forward to continuing to share our history through our exhibitions and programs.”
The day’s schedule of festivities includes:
• 11am — Architect and historian Phil Choy speaks about the “CHSA Museum: In Celebration of the Legacy of Julia Morgan.” Choy will focus on the history and influence of Julia Morgan’s architecture as seen in the former YWCA building that now houses the CHSA Museum. His talk is also part of the ongoing Julia Morgan 2012 Festival.
• 12 noon — Artist Frank Wong talks about his “Chinatown in Miniature,” using his miniature dioramas showing an array of different Chinatown scenes, such as an herb shop, a holiday scene, shoeshine station, and single room occupancy hotel. These dioramas solidify images of the past, showing how neighborhood inhabitants lived in those times.
• 1pm — CHSA Artist-in-Residence Charlie Chin, celebrated poet/performer Genny Lim, and the Waikiki Sand Kickers perform a musical tribute to Hawaiians of Chinese descent.
• 2pm — “Re-Pairing” Workshop with Remnants artist Cynthia Tom.
Bring your treasured objects, scraps of material, and little mementos with you to present them in a new context. Cynthia Tom will help you re-imagine your discarded treasures, using adhesives or sewing. Cynthia Tom is a multi-media visual artist who plays with the accepted norm. www.cynthiatom.com
• 2pm-4pm — Gallery tours of the exhibition Remnants: Artists Respond to the Chinese American Experience, featuring five artists whose works focus on personal narrative, memory and family—concepts that characterize Chinese America. The exhibition, on view through December 15, 2012, includes works by Nancy Hom, Michael Jang, Lenora Lee, Cynthia Tom, and Flo Oy Wong. Docents will be available to lead tours of the exhibition in both Chinese and English.
ABOUT THE CHSA MUSEUM:
Founded in 1963, CHSA is the oldest and largest organization in the country dedicated to the documentation, study, and presentation of Chinese American history. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational and public programs, CHSA promotes the contributions and legacy of Chinese America. In 2001, CHSA relocated to the historic YWCA building, designed in 1932 by prolific and innovative architect Julia Morgan.
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