Project Mah Jongg

02 Women playing mah jongg in the Catskills

January 24 – April 22, 2012


Project Mah Jongg is the first exhibition of its kind—taking visitors on an exploration of the game’s cultural meanings through sight, sound, text, and play. The game of mah jongg is explored in dynamic formats throughout the exhibition, including 20th-century popular objects and a visitor-activated soundscape that features clacking tiles, exclamations from games by Jewish-American and Chinese-American players, reminiscences, and vintage music. Large-scale graphics by Isaac Mizrahi, Maira Kalman, Bruce McCall, and Christoph Niemann illustrate mah jongg as an ongoing muse for contemporary artists. A game table at the core of the exhibition invites visitors to engage in the continuing tradition.


Project Mah Jongg is made possible through the generosity of the National Mah Jongg League. Additional support is provided by Sylvia Hassenfeld and 2wice Arts Foundation. Exhibit design by Abbott Miller, Pentagram


Local sponsors include BNY Mellon Wealth ManagementMargaret Wong & AssociatesPearl of the OrientDollar Bank, andLi Wah. Media sponsor Cleveland Jewish News.


Mah Jongg Maven Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Irving B. Fine, Lou Freiberg and Lois J. Davis, Al Gray and Daughters Lottie and Rachel and Grandson Azzizi, Elaine Harris Green, Myah Moore Irick (PNC Wealth Management), Milt and Tamar Maltz, Don and Sally Messinger,Alan and Carole Schonberg, Lauren and Steve Spilman


Mah Jongg  Enthusiast Sponsors: Harry J. and Rosalyn Abraham; Ian and Gloria Abrams; Lawrence and Nancy Bell; Dr. Erol and Laura Beytas; Café 56 Catering; Corky and Lenny’s; Stacie and Jeff Halpern; Lilli Harris; Jack’s Delicatessen; Judy and David Kaufman; Lois Klein; Leikin Motor Companies; Alvin and Lorrie Magid; Alvie and Kathy Markowitz; Abraham and Barbara Miller; Denise Arnstine, Marti Davis, Susie Rubin, and Shari Perlmuter; Lori and Scott Soble; Bob and Michelle Reiner; Phillip and Peggy Wasserstrom