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Mike Kelley – Opening Exhibition

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Date(s) - 11/03/2018
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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500 Capp Street Foundation

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The 500 Capp Street Foundation is proud to present one of the most influential artists of our time: Mike Kelley (1954–2012).

Mike Kelley | “Pushing and pulling, pulling and pushing”

  • Exhibition opens: Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 12 – 5 pm
  • Exhibition is on view: November 3, 2018 – February 16, 2019

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Mike Kelley: “Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #25 (Devil: Master of Ceremonies)”, 2004-2005

Courtesy of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

Mike Kelley (b. Detroit, 1954, d. Los Angeles, 2012) is widely considered one of the most influential artists of our time. Irreverent but deeply informed, topical yet visionary, Kelley worked in a startling array of genres and styles, including performance, installation, drawing, painting, video, photography, sound works, text, and sculpture. He also worked on curatorial projects; collaborated with many other artists and musicians; and left a formidable body of critical and creative writing. Starting out in the late 1970s with solo performances, image/text paintings, and gallery and site-specific installations, Kelley came to prominence in the 1980s with a series of sculptures composed of common craft materials. Featuring repurposed thrift store toys, blankets, and worn stuffed animals, the Half a Man series focused Kelley’s career-long investigation of memory, trauma, and repression, predicated on what the artist described as a “shared culture of abuse.”

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