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Saturday: 10am to 5pm (4pm beginning 11/12)
Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Beginning Saturday, November 12, CAMOC will close at 4pm on Saturdays.
Group visits by appointment only.

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We have been busy working on exciting programs and amazing exhibitions!

We brought you five events in October that were well-attended or received. Among those, the first session of Truths As We Speak Them: A Storytelling Open Mic In Bronzeville/Chinatown was moved to our gallery on the first floor. We ended up with a full house! You can watch the recording of the event here. We look forward to hearing everyone's stories at the second open mic at Bronzeville Historical Society on November 19!

We are so excited to announce the fifth exhibition of the Spotlight Series Guanyu Xu: to be seen and its opening reception on Saturday, November 5, from 3pm to 6pm CT. The exhibition will run from November 5 through December 17.

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Ben Lau
Executive Director
Sound Performance by Kikù Hibino and Chien-An Yuan
CAMOC hosted the second of two public programs for the Spotlight Series exhibition Yuge Zhou: Moon Drawings. Sound artists Kikù Hibino and Chien-An Yuan created sonic responses to the themes present in Yuge's video work.

The performance coincided with Open House Chicago, so visitors from all over the city were able to experience this special event.
Open House Chicago
Every year, we're thrilled to open our doors for Open House Chicago, a city-wide event highlighting architecture across the city's diverse neighborhoods. This year we welcomed over 360 visitors!

Visitors were especially interested in Rich Lo's Chinese Opera mural on our west wall, as well as Yuge Zhou's Spotlight Series exhibition on the fourth floor.
Heritage Museum of Asian Art Grand Re-opening
Heritage Museum of Asian Art (HMAA) has reopened at their new location at 3500 S. Morgan Ave. in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood with more amazing exhibits!

Photo (left to right): CAMOC Board Director Judy SooHoo, Curator of Collections Riley Ren, Executive Director Ben Lau, Life Director Dr. Kim K. Tee, IL State Rep Theresa Mah & HMAA founder Jeffrey Moy
Truths As We Speak Them: A Storytelling Open Mic
CAMOC hosted the first of two Truths As We Speak Them storytelling open mics this past month. The series is produced and hosted by Ada Cheng, and co-sponsored by the Bronzeville Historical Society, People Matter, and CAMOC.

Photo: Sherry William tells her story
Panel Discussion: Stories that Travel: Mythology, Folklore, and Diaspora
National Hellenic Museum (NHM), Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) and CAMOC co-hosted a panel to explore cultural mythology and folklore and our relationship to them in the modern world as part of the Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA)'s Journey Chicago Festival.
Photo (left to right): NHM Programs & Events Manager Cairo Dye, CCA Executive Director Dr. Mónica Félix, panelists Anna Lee Cai, Jami Nakamura Lin & Cori Lin
Meet and Greet/Book Talk with Abigail Hing Wen
Abigail Hing Wen, author of Loveboat, Taipei and Loveboat Reunion, came to CAMOC for a book talk and meet and greet her fans. The event was hosted by OCA Greater Chicago and co-hosted by CAMOC.
Opening Reception of SPOTLIGHT SERIES exhibition
Guanyu Xu: to be seen
11/5/2022 - 12/17/2022
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022
Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm CT
Venue: Chinese American Museum of Chicago, 4th floor
Address: 238 W 23rd St, Chicago, IL 60616

The Chinese American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC) is pleased to announce the fourth Spotlight Series exhibition Guanyu Xu: to be seen.

In a new body of work centered on an imperial robe on display in the museum, Chinatown, and the New York Times repeated coverage of COVID featuring Asian faces, photographer Guanyu Xu challenges the viewer to reconsider the parallel instances of colonization, objectification, fetishization, and racism in three temporalities. Guanyu Xu: to be seen will run from November 5 through December 17. 

The Spotlight Series is a new initiative to showcase recent and past work by emerging and mid-career artists of Chinese descent locally. Curated by Larry Lee (Molar Productions), the project aims to introduce, promote and celebrate the divergent artistic visions and experiences of being Chinese in America looking at and reflecting upon our relationship to contemporary visual culture to a wider audience within our community and Chicago.

About the artist
徐冠宇 Guanyu Xu (b.1993 Beijing) is an artist currently based in Chicago and a lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Influenced by the production of ideology in American visual culture and a conservative familial upbringing in China, Xu’s practice extends from examining the production of power in photography to the question of personal freedom and its relationship to political regimes. He negotiates this from the perspective as a Chinese gay man. In his work, Xu migrates between mediums like photography, new media, and installation. These movements operate similarly to his displaced and fractured identity.

He is the recipient of the Chicago DCASE Artist Grant (2022), CENTER Development Grant (2021), Hyéres International Festival Prize (2020), PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai Exposure Award (2020), Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Annual Competition (2019), Lensculture Emerging Talent Award (2019), and Kodak Film Photo Award (2019). He has received artist residencies including ACRE (Chicago, IL), Light Work (Syracuse, NY), and Latitude (Chicago, IL). His works have been exhibited and screened internationally including the Aperture Foundation, New York; International Center of Photography, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; New Orlean Museum of Art, New Orleans; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Wesleyan University, Middletown; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Mint Museum, Charlotte; 36th Kasseler Dokfest, Germany, and others. His work can be found in public collections including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, and New Orleans Museum of Art. His works have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, ArtAsiaPacific, The New Yorker, W Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Dazed, and China Photographic Publishing House.
Truths As We Speak Them
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022
Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm CT
Venue: Bronzeville Historical Society
Address: 4455 S King Dr Suite 103, Chicago, IL 60653

Please join us at CAMOC for the second gathering of Truths As We Speak Them: A Storytelling Open Mic on Nov 19! This open mic storytelling gathering, hosted by Ada Cheng, is co-sponsored by the Bronzeville Historical Society, Chinese American Museum of Chicago, and People Matter. The open mic rotates between Bronzeville and Chinatown neighborhoods.

We welcome everyone to participate and share their stories.

Open mic rules:
– In-person sign up at 1pm.
– Arrive early for seats.
– All open spots are given 7 minutes with a courtesy warning at 6 minutes to perform and can perform more than once if time permits.
– This is a safe space for all regardless of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability.
– Please mask up for safety.

About the producer and host
Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller, solo performer, and storytelling producer. She has been featured in storytelling shows and done her two solo performances all over the country. She is the producer and the host of multiple storytelling shows, including Pour One Out: A Monthly Storytelling Series, Am I Man Enough?, Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show, Speaking Truths Series, and This Is America: Truths through My Body.

Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell.

Check out her website here.
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The mission of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) is is to advance the appreciation of Chinese American culture through exhibitions, education, and research and to preserve the past, present, and future of Chinese Americans primarily in the Midwest.

The museum building, formerly the Quong Yick Co., is located in Chicago's Chinatown, at 238 West 23rd Street in Chicago. The Museum opened to the public on May 21, 2005. After a devastating fire in September of 2008, the Museum was closed for renovation and reopened in 2010.

CAMOC is governed by the Board of Directors of the Chinatown Museum Foundation (CMF), a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation located in Chicago, Illinois.