Jean Shin, Intervals (for MOCA), 2020, Audio tape collage on paper
Katrin Sigurdardóttir, A Street in Chinatown, San Francisco – undated postcard, catalog number 1988.003.008, 2020, Watercolor and pencil on cardstock
Shengjie Dai, Bowl of Nostalgia, 2020, Oil on Canvas.
Inspired by Chinese ceramics in MOCA’s collection, this painting transforms traditional blue-and-white porcelain into the artist’s nostalgic narratives of her homeland, capturing the natural essence of mountain and water. The notion of round heaven is the foundation of Ancient Chinese philosophy of the world. At the base of the bowl, six Chinese characters meaning “made in 2020" are carefully written, imitating traditional porcelain seals.
Martha Tuttle and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Untitled, 2020, Print Monotype and Lithograph, edition of 10
Jeremy Nguyen, Year of the Dog, 2018, Pencil and Ink on Bristol.
"This was a personal piece made as a pitch to be a possible New Yorker cover. I've always wanted to see a New Yorker cover that speaks to the thriving Asians and Asian Americans that live in this great city, and the most iconic moment is the Lunar New Year celebration in Chinatown."
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Jon Burgerman, Mask, 2020, Ink and spray paint on paper
Sonia Li, Pleasure Box, 2020, tassels, lavender, calendula oil and rose water in cardboard box.
Inspired by the novel Pangs of Love by David Wong Louie in the MOCA archive, this work contains interactive objects meant to be used to cultivate an intimate relationship within the act of giving pleasure to one another. The tassel object is pleasant to the touch, lavender pouch is a calming scent, and the love potion is a blend of rose water and calendula oil for sensual pleasure.
Ben Sloat, “Untitled (Port Arthur Fragment)”, 2020, Medium laser etching and blade on found paper.
"Established on New York’s Mott Street in 1897 and in operation for 77 years, The Port Arthur Restaurant has a special place in the history of New York’s Chinatown. I was drawn to the menu because of the unique hybridity that relates very much to the experience of being Chinese in America. I turned the original menu into various digital files based on the red and green colors."
Yin Ming Wong, It’s this or Grandmother’s house, 2020, Gouache.
"I have been working with the idea of ping pong for some time, thinking about the game play of the sport as an analogy for the Asian American narrative of traversing between two cultures. I consider the impact of growing up with conflicting values and traditions and reflect on how the constant shifting in emotions and deliberations that come with hybrid identities can be comparable to the swift rallying nature of ping pong."
Travis LeRoy Southworth, New Automatic, 2020, Mashed paper from beauty magazine ads.
"This paper sculpture was created in response to a 1920s iron in the MOCA collection. I was particularly drawn to it as I often use an iron to smooth out fabric and paper pulp within my own artistic practice. This work follows similar pieces in which I recreate objects from memory using only magazine paper that is mashed together."