KAF x MOCA: Transpacific Stream

Erin Cosgrove – Happy Am I

KAF X MOCA: Transpacific Stream

The all-digital collaboration pairs four video works by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) collection artists with four works on loan to KAF. Videos and films by Judy Fiskin, Erin Cosgrove, Mark Leckey, and Damián Ortega will be paired with those by Chinese artists Liu Chuang, Guan Xiao, Li Ming, and Cheng Ran. Showing now through 10 June 2021, each pairing will showcase the similarities and differences in both the physical and cultural landscape of each institution’s location, as well as the unique experience of viewing these works during a global pandemic.

This collaboration is also available on MOCA’s SCREEN platform.

Pair 2: Erin Cosgrove – Guan Xiao

Part of the counter-culture that has defined the Californian lifestyle has been its proclivity for humour, self-deprecation, and a laissez-faire attitude. Humour, and humorous takes on the existential have long been themes that run throughout the video art that emerged from the American west coast - from Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, to Andrea Fraser; irony and pastiche are defining characteristics of artistic practice in California. Erin Cosgrove’s How Happy am I, 2009, is an animated condensation of human evolution, sang by a cast of dancing animated cartoons. Guan Xiao’s David, 2013, similarly uses song to create a humorous lens to make light of the ways that Michelangelo’s iconic David is exulted by its viewers.

KAF x MOCA: Transpacific Stream is organised by Bryan Barcena, Assistant Curator of Programs and Manager of Publications, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.