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The Travelers

On the day of the Moon Festival, September 22, 2010, artist Lee Mingwei, in collaboration with the Museum of Chinese in America will send off one hundred notebooks into the world. Inspired by the epic journey of Chinese to America, each book is a Traveler who leaves the MOCA "home village" to embark on a journey of its own.

Each person who receives a book is asked write a personal story about "leaving home" during some point in his/her life…

Did you have a call to adventure?

Did you leave willingly?

Did you overcome setbacks?

…And then pass it on to someone else to continue the chain of stories. Travelers are asked to sign on to the project website, and enter their geographical location and photos of their journey. Each traveler helps to create a map of journeys across the country, and perhaps, around the world.

The last writer is asked to send the book back to MOCA by (no later than) the next Moon Festival, a day when Chinese people traditionally return home, on September 12, 2011.

What kinds of stories will they be filled with on their return?

Each book, transformed and filled with stories from its year-long journey, will become the centerpiece of an artist installation by Lee Mingwei at MOCA in November 2011.


The Travelers is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The project is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties. It is also supported by the generosity of museum members.

Site Production by the Longitude and Muse Games

About the Artist

Born in Taiwan and currently living in New York City, Lee Mingwei creates both participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness on their own, and one-on-one events, where visitors explore these issues with the artist himself through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation. Lee’s projects are often open-ended scenarios for everyday interaction, and take on different forms depending on the participants. Time is central to this process, as Lee’s installations often change during the course of an exhibition.

Mr Lee received an MFA from Yale University in 1997, has had solo exhibitions internationally including Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Fabric Workshop and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has been featured in biennials in Venice, Lyon, Liverpool (2006, 2010), Taipei, Echigo-Tsumari, the Whitney Biennial, and at the Asia Pacific Triennial. He is represented by Lombard Freid Project, New York.












李明维出生于台湾,目前居住于纽约和加州伯克莱之间。作品在美国和国际多处展出,包括史密森尼亚瑟 M. 沙可乐美术馆、纽约当代艺术博物馆、洛杉矶县美术馆、惠特尼美国艺术博物馆、费城织品工房博物馆、台北当代艺术馆、伦敦阿尔滨画廊、里昂双年展和泰特利物浦美术馆与利物浦双年展等。