Client: Yale-China Association

Services: Exhibition Design, Branding, Fabrication

To commemorate the centennial of their cross-cultural education programs, the Yale-China Association asked us to conceive, curate, and install their first major museum exhibition. Faced with a tight budget and an even tighter timeframe, we brought the client's vision to life on budget, on time, and to rave reviews. Leading a team of researchers and translators, we carried out original research to build an interactive exhibit including archival photography, oral history, and film, including rare footage from early twentieth century China.

The exhibit, Both Here and There: Yale-China and a Century of Transformative Encounters included personal accounts, images, and artifacts that together explored the profound power of grassroots exchange on communities, cultures, and individuals an ocean apart. Using infographics, diagrams, and wall text, the exhibition illustrated the impact of that experience on the lives of key figures from Yale-China's history, and  demonstrated how Yale-China's work in building understanding guided the direction of Chinese-American relations in the 20th century. 

The exhibition opened at the Museum of Chinese in America, the leading national museum dedicated to preserving and presenting he history and culture of people of Chinese descent in the United States. The keynote curator's address was given by Ming Thompson, with an introduction by Maya Lin and David Henry Hwang. The exhibition later traveled to Hong Kong.