Ming Cho Lee

08 August 2019
Ming Cho Lee was interviewed by MOCA for the Journey Wall Oral History Project, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Institutional Archives

As a recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 2002 and the Tony award for lifetime achievement in 2013, Ming Cho Lee (b. 1930) is one of the most acclaimed living set designers in the U.S. Originally from Shanghai, Lee lived inHong Kong during his childhood before moving to the U.S. in 1949 to attend Occidental College and later UCLA.

Lee started his career on Broadway as an assistant set designer to Jo Mielziner, "the most successful set designer of the Golden Era of Broadway." Lee would go on to design sets for over twenty Broadway shows, including The Glass Menagerie, King Lear, and The Shadow Box, and countless more for the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, ballet, and regional theatres. Lee served on the faculty at Yale School of Drama from 1969 to 2017, including as the co-chair of the Design Department. On March 18 th , 2016, MOCA had the opportunity to sit down with Lee to discuss the impact of his childhood experiences, especially those of his mother taking him to theater performances and movies, his time attending Occidental College, and his determination to become a major theater set designer.MOCA featured an exhibition with Lee’s set designs in 2016 and hold his oral history in our collection.

作为2002年国家艺术勋章和2013年托尼终身成就奖的获得者,李名觉(Ming ChoLee,1930年出生)是美国最受好评的依然在世的舞台设计师之一。他出生于上海,童年时居住在香港,1949年移居美国,进入西方学院(Occidental College)以及后来的加州大学洛杉矶分校(UCLA)读书。

李明觉的职业生涯始于百老汇,担任Jo Mielziner的助理布景设计师,Jo Mielziner是“百老汇黄金时代最成功的布景设计师”。Lee继续为20多个百老汇剧目设计布景,包括《玻璃动物园》(The Glass Menagerie),《李尔王》(King Lear)和《隐若同棺》(The Shadow Box),以及为大都会歌剧院(Metropolitan Opera)、纽约市歌剧院(New York City Opera)、芭蕾舞团和地方剧院设计的不计其数的布景。1969年至2017年,Lee在耶鲁大学戏剧学院任教,包括担任设计专业的联合主席。2016年3月18日,MOCA有机会与Lee坐下来讨论他童年经历的影响,尤其是他的母亲带他去看戏剧表演和电影的经历,他在西方学院(Occidental College)的那段时间,以及他决定成为一名重要的戏剧布景设计师。2016年MOCA举办了一场李名觉的舞台设计作品展,并将他的口述历史收录于馆藏中。

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