Welcome to Wonder Rooms, a collaborative archival and data collection project that looks at the fissures in traditional museum structures by turning MoMI’s long-running exhibit Behind the Screen into a site of testimony and witness.

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This is a new media artwork by Mala Kumar, commissioned by Museum of the Moving Image through generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts (Media Arts Program).

Sessue Hayakawa, c. 1930


As you walk around the Portrait Gallery, you may notice a portrait of an elegant Japanese man with a smoldering gaze sitatued towards the top of the exhibit. This is Sessue Hayakawa, the only Asian actor to play the heartthrob in American silent pictures—although anti-miscegenation laws of the era meant that he never ended up with the girl in the end.

Tags: Film, Actor, Exclusion Act, Orientalism