Josh Kline creates multifaceted installations and films that explore the influence of new technology on politics, labor, and the human body. Recently, he has conceived a major five-part cycle of immersive projects that imagine the consequences of a 21st-century capitalist society overrun by automation, climate change, and political instability.

Civil War — the third chapter in Kline’s cycle — includes a series of sculptures made of hundreds of life-sized, highly-detailed resin casts of broken everyday objects including furniture, appliances, tools, and children’s toys. In this dystopian vision of America’s middle-class in the 2030s, Kline imagines the fall-out from a second civil war, triggered by job loss and increasing economic disparity. The sculptural remnants of a fictional future also recall more recent societal breakdowns, from neighborhoods left behind as a result of redlining and divestment, to the homes and belongings abandoned in the recent Great Recession.

Josh Kline was born in 1979 in Philadelphia, PA and is currently based in New York.


Generous support for MOCA Cleveland’s presentation of Josh Kline: Civil War is provided by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Additional support by Modern Art, London.

Sherwin-Williams is the official paint of MOCA Cleveland.

All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller. 

All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.