Last month, a devastating fire ravaged the archives of New York City’s Museum of Chinese in America, destroying valuable artifacts, textiles, photographs and more. In response, online gallery program Praise Shadows Fine Art is planning to launch a sale on Artsy next week, with sales benefitting the museum’s recovery efforts.
MOCA’s archive can be traced back to the ’70s, when community organizers collected items from Chinatown sidewalks and dumpsters to preserve the history of New York’s Chinese population. For the upcoming sale, Yng-Ru Chen, founder of Praise Shadows Fine Art, asked fine artists, illustrators and poets to create works that directly reference items from the archive. From laser etchings and folded paper works to cardboard box and mashed paper sculptures, over 20 artists have created works that speak to the importance of MOCA’s efforts in preserving and presenting Chinese-American history.
Artists featured in the sale include Jean Shin, Jon Burgerman, Katrin Sigurdardottir and more. The benefit sale will go live February 24 at 12 p.m. on Artsy’s website. Each work will be sold for $250 USD.
In other art-related news, Japanese street photographer RK will launch his “NEOrient” exhibition in Tokyo, Japan next week.