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:

Publication: The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog that will be the first publication devoted to Chinese Caribbean art history and visual culture. Published by the Chinese American Museum distributed by Duke University Press.

Download the press release and fact sheet.

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.