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SCREENING | Mike Kelley - Mobile Homestead | 27 OCT. 2019

De Cinema / De Studio| Maarschalk Gérardstraat 4, 2000 Antwerpen (BE) |

27 OCT. 2019 | 17:00 |


Escautville organises a screening of Mobile Homestead, a film by Mike Kelley in De Cinema in Antwerp.

John C. Welchman, Professor of art history at the University of California and chairman of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, will give an introduction. It will be the second time the films (part I & II: Going West and Going East) are screened in continental Europe!

Conceived in 2005 in collaboration with Art Angel (London), Kelley’s first and last public art project, Mobile Homestead, was inaugurated at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (MOCAD) in September 2010 with the unveiling of a mobile home modeled after the suburban house in which Kelley was raised. The permanent replica of the house — to which the mobile component is docked — is located on a site adjacent to MOCAD, commenced in summer 2012. The home is used for temporary exhibitions, community projects and as a home for the education department of MOCAD. Three feature-length videos are documenting the homestead’s journeys to and from the “mother ship“ house along Detroit’s ethnically diverse Michigan Avenue. The three feature-length videos premiered in May 2012 at the Whitney Biennial, which was dedicated to Kelley.

The introduction by John C. Welchman offers a broadly focused account of the historical and artistic contexts of the larger Mobile Homestead project and its complex evolution, siting it in relation to both Kelley's oeuvre as a whole and his contrarian views of public art in particular. “Perhaps the failure of the Mobile Homestead project . . . after being filtered through the institutions of the art world and community services, is successful as a model of my own belief that public art is always doomed to failure because of its basic passive/aggressive nature.” [Kelley, Statement on Mobile Homestead in the catalogue of the 2012 Whitney Biennial]

John C. Welchman is Professor of art history at the University of California and chair of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. His books include Modernism Relocated (Allen & Unwin, 1995), Invisible Colours: A Visual History of Titles (Yale UP, 1997), Art After Appropriation (Routledge, 2001), Catching Mayhem by its Tale [vol. II of Paul McCarthy: Caribbean Pirates] (2019); and the first two volumes of his collected writings: Past Realization: Essays on Contemporary European Art (2016) and After the Wagnerian Bouillabaisse (2019). He is editor of Rethinking Borders (1996), Institutional Critique and After (2006), The Aesthetics of Risk (2008), Black Sphinx: On the Comedic in Modern Art (2010) and writings by Mike Kelley: Foul Perfection: Essays and Criticism (2003); Minor Histories (2004); Mike Kelley: Interviews, Conversations, and Chit-Chat, 1988-2004 (2005).

Lecture by John C. Welchman:

23 Octobre at 18:00 h (Royal Academy of Arts)

In the context of the screening, on Wednesday 23 Octobre at 18:00 h, John C. Welchman will give a lecture on the life and work of Mike Kelley organized by the Royal Acaedmy of Fine Arts Antwerp (Aula Pand, Mutsaardstraat 31, Antwerp). The lecture is open to the public.

Screening + Introduction by John C. Welchman:

Sunday 27 October, 17:00 (De Studio / De Cinema)

Mobile Homestead

Mike Kelley | 90’ | 2012 | VS

Part I: 60'

Part II: 30'


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