Past Exhibits

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Hats Off! A Playful Collection of Chinese Children’s Hats

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This new exhibition features Qing Dynasty children’s hats recently donated to the CHSA collection by Leslie Selcow in memory of Jade Snow Wong. The hats are impressive in their use of color, craftsmanship, sense of whimsy, and the symbolism contained in their design. There has long been a tradition in … Read More »

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Creative Spaces 2013

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Creative Spaces is CHSA’s new exhibition program that continues our museum’s mission to incorporate artistic expression within the narrative of Chinese America. Artists, designers, curators and educators are invited to propose unique concepts for interpreting and presenting history in museum spaces. The two artists selected to launch our new project … Read More »

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On the Wings of the Phoenix

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On the Wings of the Phoenix:
Dr. Feng Shan Ho & the Rescue of the Austrian Jews
Exhibition extended through July 31, 2012
In conjunction with the Israel China Cultural Festival
Presented by the Consulate of Israel in San Francisco


As part of the Israel China Cultural Festival, the CHSA Museum … Read More »

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Finding Jake Lee: The Paintings at Kan’s

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In the early 1960s, restaurateur Johnny Kan commissioned a series of water color paintings by artist Jake Lee. For many years, these stunning paintings hung in the private Gum Shan (“Gold Mountain”) dining room of the landmark Kan’s Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
Each Jake Lee painting showcases specific aspects … Read More »

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Remnants: Artists Respond to the Chinese American Experience

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Opening April 12, 2012
In the Year of the Dragon, 2012, the Chinese Historical Society of America will revitalize its museum, giving its history exhibits an infusion of art. CHSA has reached out to its artistic community to create works that interpret and respond to the themes of its history … Read More »

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