Mike Kelley tribute to open Saturday at MOCA


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The Museum of Contemporary Art will present “A Tribute to Mike Kelley,” an exhibition dedicated to the work and legacy of the late contemporary artist, from Saturday to April 2.


The show will include 23 of Kelley’s works, plus others by John Altoon, Cody Choi, Douglas Huebler, William Leavitt, Marnie Weber and Johanna Went, donated to MOCA by Kelley. Also on display will be eight parts of Kelley’s 1982–83 performance and installation “Monkey Island,” as well as a series of ‘90s creations including the sculptural installation “Silver Ball.”

Kelley was found dead in his South Pasadena home Feb 1. His sudden death rocked the art community.

“Mike had a profound impact on the world’s perception of Los Angeles art and artists,” MOCA chief curator Paul Schimmel said in a statement announcing the exhibition. “He was an intellectual force of nature, a real catalyst for a whole generation of artists.”

MOCA has 34 works by Kelley in its collection.

For the record, 11:17 a.m. Feb. 15: The photo above was incorrectly credited to the Associated Press in an earlier version of this story. The correct credit is “Courtesy of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN/Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Cameron Wittig.”


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