Current Exhibitions



Circles and Circuits II: Contemporary Chinese Caribbean Art

Circles and Circuits: Chinese Caribbean Art

Opens September 15, 2017

Circles and Circuits explores the art of the Chinese Caribbean diaspora from the early 20th century to the present day. By examining the contributions of artists of Chinese descent in Cuba, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and beyond, the exhibition reveals the hidden complexities of the transcultural art of the Caribbean. Presented in two parts: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diasporaon view at the California African American Museum (CAAM) through February 25, 2018, and Contemporary Chinese Caribbean Art on view at the Chinese American Museum (CAM) through March 11, 2018.


I.     History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora
California African American Museum
600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. and Sunday 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Admission is FREE.

CAAM Opening Reception I: September 19, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Curators’ Talk begins at 6:30 P.M.
RSVP by September 14:


II.     Contemporary Chinese Caribbean Art
Chinese American Museum
425 North Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Admission is Free; suggested donation of $3.00, which supports the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.

CAM Opening Reception II: September 20, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Curators’ Talk begins at 6:30 P.M.
RSVP by September 14:


Circles and Circuits: Chinese Caribbean Art is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

This exhibition is organized by the Chinese American Museum in partnership with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University and the California African American Museum. Curated by Alexandra Chang, A/P/A Institute at NYU, and Steven Y. Wong, CAM, in coordination with Mar Hollingsworth, CAAM. Lead support for this exhibition and publication is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation. Major support provided by the Friends of the Chinese American Museum with additional support provided by Daisy Chow and Eugene Lam; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and Doré Hall Wong.




Origins: The Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles


Origins: The Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles, a permanent, cutting edge exhibition celebrating the growth and development of Chinese American enclaves from Downtown Los Angeles to the San Gabriel Valley.


This exhibit narrates Chinese immigration to the United States with an emphasis on community settlement in Los Angeles. The display is outlined into four distinct time periods. Each period is defined by an important immigration law and event, accompanied by a brief description and a short personal story about a local Chinese American and their experiences in that particular historical period.

Sun Wing Wo General Store and Herb Shop

This exhibition is a recreation of an actual store that was housed in the Garnier Building in the 1890’s. The Sun Wing Wo store opened in 1891 and remained in this building until 1948. The store was a multi-purpose space that showed how self-sufficient the Chinese were and had to be due to racism and discrimination, while also being responsive to the needs of their community. Even though the store predominantly served the Chinese, there were European, Japanese, and Mexican Americans who also came to purchase Chinese merchandise.

On one side of the gallery, people can find merchandise sold at the general store such as food, clothing, furniture, firecrackers, and dishes; they can also find western products that were popular at the time such as cigars and perfumed soaps. The store also provided banking, postal, and letter writing services for the community.

On the other side of the gallery, the Museum recreated the herb shop where Chinese could practice their traditional form of healthcare – Chinese Medicine. There were acupuncture services and prescriptions of herbal remedies provided.