Artists Take On Detroit - Projects for The Tricentennial
Mike Kelly



Born Detroit, 1954; lives and works in Los Angeles 

> Education

1976–78
M.F.A., California Institute of Arts, Valencia

1972–76
B.F.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1975
Forms artists' collective Poetics with Tony Oursler and Don Krieger

1974
Forms artists' collective and band Destroy All Monsters with Jim Shaw, Carey Loren, and Niagara 

> Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

1998
"Strange Früt: Detroit Culture," Centrum Beeldende Kunst/Villa Alkmaer, Rotterdam

"Destroy All Monsters Archive," Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

1997
"The Poetics Project: 1977–1997 (Documenta version)," The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; catalogue

"Mike Kelley: 1985–1996," Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Rooseum, Malmö, Sweden; and Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; catalogue

1996
"Land O’ Lakes," Wako Works of Art, Tokyo; catalogue

1995
"Toward a Utopian Arts Complex," Metro Pictures, New York

"Mike Kelley: Recent Work," Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan

"The Thirteen Seasons (Heavy on the Winter)," Jablonka Galerie, Cologne; catalogue

1993
"Mike Kelley: Catholic Tastes," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles Museum of Art; and Haus der Kunst, Munich; catalogue

1992
"The Riddle of the Sphinx" and "Pansy Metal/Clovered Hoof," Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia

"Mike Kelley," Kunsthalle, Basel; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; and CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, France; catalogue

1991
"Mike Kelley: Half a Man," Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; catalogue

"Lumpenrole," Galerie Peter Pakesch, Vienna; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent

1990
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris

Metro Pictures, New York

1989
"Mike Kelley," Jablonka Galerie, Cologne; catalogue

"Pansy Metal/Clovered Hoof," Metro Pictures, New York

1985
"Plato’s Cave, Rothko’s Chapel, Lincoln’s Profile," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles; Artists Space and Metro Pictures, New York; published as artist’s book, New City Editions, Venice, California

1984
Performance "The Sublime," Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles; Metro Pictures, New York; and Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles

1982–1983
"Monkey Island/Confusion," Metro Pictures, New York, 1982; performance, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, Venice, California, 1983; Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles

1981
"Meditation on a Can of Vernors," Riko Muzuno Gallery, Los Angeles; performance, Los Angeles

1979
"The Poltergeist: A Work between David Askevold and Mike Kelley," Foundation for Art Resources, Los Angeles

Group Exhibitions

1997
"Documenta X," Kassel, Germany; catalogue

"Art at the End of the 20th Century," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; catalogue

1996
"Distemper: Dissonant Themes in the Art of the 1990s," Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; catalogue

1985, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995
"Whitney Biennial," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; catalogues

1994
"Hors limites: L’art est la vie," Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou, Paris; catalogue

1992
"Doubletake: Collective Memory and Current Art," Haywood Gallery, London; and Kunsthalle, Vienna; catalogue

"Post Human," FAE Musée d’art contemporain, Pully/Lausanne, Switzerland; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Deste Foundation, Athens; Edelman, Lausanne; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; and Israel Museum, Jerusalem; catalogue

"Désordres: Nan Goldin, Mike Kelley, Kiki Smith, Jana Sterbak, Tunga," Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris; catalogue

"LAX," Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna; catalogue

1991
"Metropolis: International Art Exhibition, Berlin 1991," Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; catalogue

"Lieux communs, figures singulières," Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris; catalogue

1990
"Le désenchantement du monde," Villa Arson, Nice; catalogue

"Just Pathetic," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles; catalogue

1988
"The 43rd Biennale of Venice, Aperto ’88," Venice; catalogue

1987
"Avant-Garde in the Eighties," Los Angeles County Museum of Art; catalogue

1984
"Fifth Biennale of Sydney—Private Symbol: Social Metaphor," The Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; catalogue

1980
"The Parasite Lilly," Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, California Institute of Arts, Valencia; University of California, San Diego; The Kitchen, New York; and Slusser Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan 

> Selected References

1996
Rosalind Krauss, "Inform without Conclusion," October 78 (fall): 86–105

1995
Michael Kimmelman, "Mike Kelley," The New York Times, November 24

1994
Michael Duncan, "Kelley’s Junk Shop Pop," Art in America 82, no. 6: 84–89

1993
Nancy Princethal, "Mike Kelley at Metro Pictures," Art in America, April: 127

Roberta Smith, "Mike Kelley’s Messages: Mixed and Mystical," The New York Times, November 5

1992

Alain-Henri François, "Lieux communs, figures singulières banal," Voir (February): 16f

1991
Michael Kimmelman, "Mike Kelley’s Toys Play Nasty Games," The New York Times, April 7

1988
Eleanor Heartney, "Mike Kelley, Metro Pictures," Artnews 87, no. 9 (November): 174–75

1987
Holland Cotter, "Eight Artists Interviewed," Art in America 75, no. 5: 162–97

1986
Dan Cameron, "Mike Kelley’s Art of Violation," Arts Magazine (June): 4–17

1979
Richard Armstrong, "Mike Kelley," Artforum (November): 75–78 

> Selected Awards

1992
Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Michigan School of Art and Design, Ann Arbor

1991
Skowhegan Medal for mixed media

1990
Museum Program Exhibition Grant for a retrospective exhibition at ICA, Boston, National Endowment for the Arts; grant rescinded by then-NEA chairman John Frohnmeyer

1987
Award in the Visual Arts, North Carolina

1985
Fellowship, National Endowment for the Visual Arts, Washington, D.C.

1984
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, New York 

> Selected Collections

Art Institute of Chicago

Baltimore Museum of Art

The Detroit Institute of Arts

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Mike Kelley Photo




> Education

> Selected Exhibitions

> Selected References

> Selected Awards

> Selected Collections