Mike Kelley

May 5, 2012 – Sep 9, 2012

The late Mike Kelley (1954-2012) created compelling works in multiple mediums over the years, including drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, and video. Internationally celebrated, his work pushed the boundaries of installation art to pack subversive themes and unruly mediums into a single space. This exhibition features a major work, City 0000, from his series inspired by the city of Kandor in the Superman comic books, and the portfolio The Sublime. Raised in a working-class Catholic family, Kelley was fascinated by ritual, popular imagery, and notions of transcendence which shape these works and the legacy of dark humor and punk irreverence he has left.

Los Angeles-based Kelley was the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships and exhibited internationally. His work was most recently featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing series of contemporary art exhibitions organized by Bruce Guenther, chief curator and The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and supported in part by the Miller Meigs Endowment for the Contemporary Arts and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.