Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead and Panel


On the occasion of MOCA’s ongoing historic exhibition Mike Kelley (which continues at the Geffin and MOCA Grand through July 28), Los Angeles Filmforum is delighted to co-present a screening and panel discussion of Mobile Homestead, a video series documenting Mike Kelley’s large-scale public art project on Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the College’s Hillside Campus Ahmanson Auditorium, 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena.

This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the campus student lot. For more information, please call 626.396.4222 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1421096791509480/ <file://localhost/events/1421096791509480>

Screening of Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead
Video and Panel Discussion Saturday, July 12 at Art Center College of Design

A permanent artwork situated in Downtown Detroit, Mobile Homestead is a full-scale replica of the 1950s Westland suburban home where Kelley grew up. It is designed to operate as a community gallery with a removable façade on wheels that Kelley imagined would travel and dispense ‘public services.’ The videos document the remarkable journey through Detroit’s urban and suburban landscapes reflecting Kelley’s interest in its socio-economically diverse communities, as well as themes of biography, history and memory. In interviews and his own writing, Kelley noted his ambivalence towards public art, believing it was often foisted on a public audience that didn’t want it. With typical humor and insight, Kelley’s Mobile Homestead slyly puts this belief to the test.

“In 2005, Mike Kelley (1954–2012) developed a site-specific public art project with the London-based organization Artangel: a replica of Kelley’s childhood home on Palmer Road in the Detroit suburb of Westland. Kelley envisioned the space as a community gallery that would live on the grounds of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (MOCAD), along with a removable white clapboard façade that could be dispatched and provide a host of services to the area. In 2010, the mobile section traveled from downtown Detroit to Westland and back, as Kelley documented the neighborhoods dotting the main thoroughfare, Michigan Avenue.” MOMA 
“Mike was one of the most important professors in Art Center’s MFA program from its inception in 1986 until 2006,” said Diana Thater, chair of the Graduate Art department. “His 20 years of dedicated teaching had a lasting impact on his many students. We’re grateful to have this special opportunity to screen Mobile Homestead– to honor him as an artist and ensure his legacy at Art Center lives on.”
Bennett Simpson, curator of MOCA’s current “Mike Kelley” exhibition; Patti Podesta, Graduate Art department faculty member at Art Center and Mary Clare Stevens, executive director of Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and Kelley’s studio manager from 2003 until 2012 will speak about the late artist throughout the July 12th program. The screenings and remarks will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jason Smith, prolific contemporary art scholar and associate chair of the Graduate Art department at Art Center. 
This event is presented by Art Center College of Design in association with Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Los Angeles Filmforum and in conjunction with “Mike Kelley” at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.
About the videos:
Kelley’s Mobile Homestead videos, Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland and Going East on Michigan Avenue from Westland to Downtown Detroit, document Mobile Homestead’s route from its permanent location at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) to Kelley’s former family home in Westland and back again. The voyage takes viewers along Michigan Avenue, the main route out of the city that passes through some of Detroit’s most historic neighborhoods. The vehicle’s journey is intercut with interviews with residents, workers and business owners encountered along the way, including members of a motorcycle club, sex workers, police officers and Ford Motor Company executives.
A third video, which is not being screened on July 12, documents the opening launch and celebration of Kelley’s public project. Site Gallery in Sheffield, England says of the footage, “Kelley interweaves a narrative between the fascinating and bizarre characters, drawing the viewer into the incredible, sometimes shocking and other times ordinariness of peoples’ lives. It is a street of strange encounters; from Albanian Mike at Mike’s Famous Ham Place, opposite the only Jewish deli in the city, and nestling behind it, a ‘life-style’ venue led by a local dominatrix.”
Mobile Homestead was commissioned by Artangel <http://www.artangel.org.uk/> with support from the LUMA Foundation, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Read more about Mobile Homestead in Kelley’s own words here: http://www.mocadetroit.org/Mobile-HomesteadEssay.html <http://www.mocadetroit.org/Mobile-HomesteadEssay.html>

11am: Diana Thater, welcome and opening remarks

11:15am: Bennett Simpson, Remarks

11:30am: Screening: Westbound
Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland, 2010 (© 2011
color/sound, 1 hour 18 minutes)

1pm-­‐2pm: Lunch Break

2pm: Patti Podesta, Remarks

2:15pm: Screening: Eastbound
Going East on Michigan Avenue from Westland to Downtown Detroit, 2010 (©-­‐2011, color/sound, 1 hour 18 minutes)

3:30pm: Mary Clare Stevens, Remarks

3:45pm: Jason Smith and speakers, Panel discussion and Q&A


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Robin Menken

Robin Menken Robin Menken lives in Los Angeles. She was the Artistic Director of the Second City Workshops, taught at UC Berkeley, USC, Barcelona\'s Ateneu and the Esalin Institute. She was Roberto Rossellini\'s assistant, and worked with Yevgeny Vevteshenku, Glauber Rocha and Eugene Ionesco. She sold numerous screenplays and wrote the OBIE winning The FTA SHow (touring with Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Ben Vereen.) She was a programming consultant and Special Events co-ordinator for numerous film festivals, including the SF, Rio, Havana and N.Y Film Festivals. Her first news outlet was the historic East Village Other.

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