EventMarch 31 - July 28, 2014

Mike Kelley Retrospective Comes Home to Los Angeles

After opening in Amsterdam and making stops in Paris and New York, the retrospective of the late artist, CalArts alumnus and former faculty member Mike Kelley (Art MFA 78) comes to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Kelley’s adopted home of Los Angeles. The retrospective, which opened on March 31 and gathers more than 250 objects is the largest exhibition of the influential and prolific artist’s work to date.

In KCRW’s Art Talk, host Hunter Drohojowska-Philp remarks on the scope of the exhibit, which not only fills the Geffen Contemporary, but also a separate gallery in MOCA Grand Avenue:

Kelley’s work resonates much more comprehensibly as a gesamtkunstwerk, a totality of rather astonishing consistency ranging from his earliest bird house sculptures and performance artifacts of the late 1970s, still a graduate student at CalArts, to the terrifying beauty of the Kandors, small city models of the birthplace of Superman contained within glass bell jars attached by hoses to tanks of oxygen.

Listen to the complete KCRW segment here.

Above are photos of some of the works exhibited, as well as the installation as it stands in the Geffen Contemporary. Mike Kelley is on view until July 28.

Event Details

Mike Kelley

March 31 through July 28
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles
Tickets: $12 general admission, $7 students

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