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Mike Kelley retrospective opens at MoMA PS1 (slide show)

MoMA PS1 pays tribute to the late artist Mike Kelley, whose inimitable works include art made of discarded stuffed animals, with a one-man show.

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

Photograph: Jena Cumbo

"Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1


This retrospective of the late, Los Angeles–based Mike Kelley, a maverick artist who mined pop culture to the core for the materials and subject matter of his work (sculptures, installations, performances), now fills each and every gallery at MoMA PS1, the first time the museum has been dedicated entirely to one artist. Among many quirky, funny and sometimes obscure works, it features one of MoMA's newest acquistions: the monumental installation Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites (1991–99). Why should kids care? Well, it's supremely rainbow-colored and was made almost entirely of stuffed animals the artist found in rummage sales, which he stitched together over the course of many years to form an enormous, amorphous growth-cum-sculpture. It is suspended with wires and surrounded by all sorts of other colorful hanging objects and wall-mounted pieces, creating a magical environment that's bound to have a special appeal for kids. But please note: Some of the images in the show are adult in nature and not for kids, so you may want to inquire about which galleries to visit.

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"Mike Kelley" is on view at MoMA PS1 from October 13 to February 2, 2013.


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