King of Pop

Mike Kelley makes art look like kid stuff

The late Mike Kelley was renowned for his ability to work in every conceivable medium—collage, drawing, performance art, video, copulating sock monkeys—and for appearing on a Sonic Youth album cover (1992’s Dirty). Today, MOMA PS1 presents the largest exhibition of the L.A. pop artist’s work to date, which occupies the entire museum with 200 culture-obliterating works spanning his 35-year career. Kelley dealt in less-than-breezy themes like repressed memories and the war between society and self, usually with teddy bears. Don’t miss—not like you could—Kelley’s landmark piece, the adorable and terrifying Deodorized Central Mass With Satellites (1991), a cluster of giant hanging orbs made out of stuffed animals surrounded by wall reliefs that give off a pine scent.
Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Starts: Oct. 13. Continues through Feb. 2, 2013

 
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