Friday, January 8, 2016, 7 p.m. | Opening Reception following a discussion by exhibition curator Tobin Gibson and Mary Clare Stevens, Executive Director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, discussing the artists’ work.
Saturday, January 16, 2016, 2 p.m. | Exhibition Tour
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 7 p.m. | Screening of Mike Kelley’s Day Is Done at DIM Cinema, The Cinematheque, only the third-time this feature-length video has played, as intended by the artist, in a cinema.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 7:30 p.m. | Screening of multiple videos, Sessions: Kelley and Trecartin will be at DIM Cinema, The Cinematheque. See below for further text about this screening.
My House brings together the work of Mike Kelley and Ryan Trecartin, two important American artists, and places Trecartin’s work in historical perspective. The exhibition will present seminal works and collaborations by Kelley from the 1980s and 2000s, including videos and prints, juxtaposed with Trecartin’s movies spanning from 2004 to 2013—some being exhibited together for the first time.
The work of each artist reveals formal and conceptual affinities that question the dominant culture of our time: from media platforms to popular culture, mechanisms of representation and the pervasive effects of globalization. Post-Vietnam War United States after 1975 is a particular phenomenological site that has formed an intrinsic relationship between these artists, providing a fertile environment for creative response towards a culture in the throes of profound social, economic, and political change. In 1976 Kelley graduated from the University of Michigan and moved to Los Angeles, California. Although Trecartin did not relocate to the same city until 2010, it is the place Kelley called home until his death in 2012—one that shares the very manic ethos of these revealing works.