Mobile Homestead was the final work made by the great American artist Mike Kelley before his untimely death in 2012. The project involved Kelley building an exact replica of his childhood home, a 1950s suburban house in the Detroit suburb of Westland, with a special detachable façade that could be mounted on a chassis and driven around like a conventional mobile home.
This trilogy of remarkable documentary-style films charts the maiden voyage of the Mobile Homestead from downtown Detroit, along Michigan Avenue, to the ‘mothership’ that is the original Kelley home, and back again. Footage of the expedition is inter-cut with compelling testimonies from an array of people who live and work in Detroit, from bikers and prostitutes, to church officials and social workers, heroin addicts and heads of the automobile industry. A third film documents the opening ‘launch’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, where the completed Mobile Homestead stands today.
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Mike Kelley was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1954 and died in Los Angeles in 2012. He studied at the California Institute of the Arts and the University of Michigan. Major solo exhibitions include ‘Catholic Tastes’, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1993); ‘Mike Kelley’, Museu d’art Contemporani, Barcelona (1997); ‘Framed and Framed, Test Room, Sublevel’, MAGASIN, Grenoble (1999); ‘The Uncanny’, Tate Liverpool and Museum Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (2004); ‘Profondeurs Vertes’, Musée du Louvre (2006); and ‘Educational Complex Onwards: 1995-2008’, WIELS Centre d’Art Contemporain (2008). The largest exhibition of Kelley’s work to date opened at MoMA PS1 on 13 October 2013.
Open: Saturday, 02 November 2013
Close: Friday, 18 October 2013
Address: Various locations
Phone: +44 20 7713 1400
Photo credits: Mike Kelley, Mobile Homestead Videos, 2010-12. Commissioned and produced by Artangel.