On Wednesday the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) announced that the institution in Manhattan’s Chinatown has appointed scholar and arts administrator Helen Koh as its new executive director. Koh most recently served as a curator of author and film events at the Asia Society — where she also ran the Asian American International Film Festival — and as a corporate relations leader for the Rhode Island School of Design.
“We are looking forward to having Helen Koh lead our museum,” artist and architect Maya Lin — who is a co-chair of the MOCA board and designed the museum — said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “After an extensive national search, it was very clear that her expertise and passion for Asian studies and her vision for inventive programs and creative audience-building strategies would inspire the Board and staff as we enter the next phase of MOCA’s growth.”
Koh will be at MOCA for the opening of its major spring photography exhibition, “America through a Chinese Lens,” on April 25.
— Benjamin Sutton