Installation by Mo Kong
Mo Kong, Stray, Standing, Seeing Stitches. Courtesy of the artist
Free Admission, Workshop, Talk

AAPI Community Day with Mo Kong

Saturday, June 4, 2022
11 am–6 pm
Free admission

In 2021, the Museum launched its first Open Call for Artist Banners with the aim of raising awareness and standing in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community against escalating and continued violence.

Artist Mo Kong’s work Still Life of an Asian Household’s Fridge (2021) was selected as a runner-up. Their sculptural installations of Asian groceries and household objects from their immigration process recall the COVID-19 pandemic when Asian grocery stores closed due to hateful crimes; and uses the refrigerator, a familiar cultural hub, as a safe space to connect with other Asians and immigrants.

Mo Kong joins fellow artists Chemin Hsiao and Woomin Kim in a series of programming and free admission days to celebrate their projects and community engagement.

Reservations are now fully booked online, but guests without a reservation will also be welcomed based on museum capacity. There may be a brief wait for guests without a reservation. Please contact with any questions. 

Events Schedule

11 am–5 pm: Open Studio: Gallery Kit
This month we’re looking at Mo Kong’s banner project and creating miniature installations with personal objects found in our pockets, purses, and bags motivated by the question: What do the objects you carry tell us about you? For families and visitors of all ages.

2 pm: Public Tour
An introduction to the life and vision of Isamu Noguchi, exploring highlights of the Museum, the Artist Banners project, and special exhibitions.

3:30–5 pm: Seaweed Light Sculpture Workshop with Mo Kong
Join Mo Kong in a family art making workshop and create a light sculpture made from seaweed. Learn about Kong’s banner project and artistic process, and explore the relationship between your seaweed light sculpture and Noguchi’s iconic Akari light sculpture. For families with children ages 5 and older. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Workshop registration includes full admission to the Museum.

Register for the Workshop

Mo Kong banner designs
Mo Kong, Still Life Of An Asian Household’s Fridge, 2021

Mo Kong is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher currently residing in Queens. They received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. They have been the subject of  solo exhibitions at CUE Art Foundation (New York), Artericambi Gallery (Verona), Gertrude Gallery (Stockbridgeand), and Chashama (New York). Their work has been included in the Queens Museum, RISD Museum, SFMOMA, Minnesota Street Project, Spring Break, ARTISSIMA, Make Room Gallery, and Rubber Factory Gallery. They also have received fellowships or residencies from Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Triangle Arts Association, The Studios at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, Gibney Performance Center, Lighthouse Works and AAI. Their work has been mentioned in Hyperallergic, Artforum, Cultured magazine, ARTnews, CoBo Social, Wall Street International, SFMOMA, and Public Knowledge. | @mosmosk