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Mike Kelley Tributes at LA MOCA, Michigan State’s Broad Art Museum

(Photos: Brian Forrest for Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)

The life and work of Mike Kelley are celebrated in two tribute exhibitions. Born in Detroit and based in Los Angeles, the artist—and musician, critic, curator, and art historian—was found dead in his California home in late January. He was 58. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles wasted no time in mounting “A Tribute to Mike Kelley,” on view through April 2. The show presents 23 of Kelley’s works alongside those of artists such as Douglas Huebler, William Leavitt, and Marnie Weber (works donated to MOCA by Kelley).

“Mike Kelley had an immense impact on the art and artists of Los Angeles,” said Paul Schimmel, MOCA’s chief curator, in a statement issued by the museum earlier this month. “He was an intellectual force of nature, a real catalyst for a whole generation of artists.” Meanwhile, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University has prepared “Mike Kelley: Homage,” which opens tomorrow at the university’s Kresge Art Center. The special exhibition features three of Kelley’s video works, including his multimedia magnum opus “Day is Done” (2005-2006). Kelley’s work is also included in the Whitney Biennial, which kicks off tomorrow (and you still have a few hours to explain why you should be allowed to dance in it).

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