Largest-ever Mike Kelley exhibit is showing at MoMA PS1
Entering MoMA PS1’s “Mike Kelley" retrospective — the largest exhibition of the artist’s work — is like plunging down a rabbit hole into an uncanny world.
Entering MoMA PS1’s “Mike Kelley"retrospective—the largest-ever exhibition of the eclectic and influential artist’s work—is like plunging down the rabbit hole into an uncanny world. It occupies the entire museum and brings together more than 200 works representing Kelley’s entire career from the 1970s through 2012, the year of his untimely death.
At once familiar and strange,Kelley pushes conventions to their breaking points. His dark humor speaks for the underbelly of society, exploring themes of class, pop culture, childhood, repressed memories and contradictions within power structures.
The art on view is expansive, including drawing, printmaking, painting, assemblage, sculpture, photography, film, sound and performance. Kelley’s expertise comes when he combines media to create installations that allow you to enter phantasmagorical worlds.
Visiting “Mike Kelley” is an immersive experience. At times humorous, perverse and bizarre— yet ultimatelyrelatable—Kelley's sardonically critical artalways keeps you guessing. It affirms Kelley’s status as an artist with a passionate project of social critique and self-criticism.
Here’s a guide to the exhibition’s highlights: