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Video Tribute to Mike Kelley On Sat April 14 in New York

Mike Kelley. ”Superman Recites Selections from 'The Bell Jar' and Other Works by Sylvia Plath,” 1999. (image courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.)

On Saturday, April 14, Electronic Arts Intermix and Dia Art Foundation have jointly organized a 12-hour video tribute to artist Mike Kelley, who passed away on February 1 at his home in South Pasadena, California.

The twelve-hour program, presented in coordination with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, will include the screening of a number of his best-known videos, including:

  • “The Banana Man” (1983),
  • “Heidi” (1992), made in collaboration with Paul McCarthy,
  • “Superman Recites Selections from ‘The Bell Jar’ and Other Works by Sylvia Plath” (1999),
  • “Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 (Domestic Scene)” (2000),
  • “Day Is Done, Part 1” (2005–2006) and
  • his recent work,  “A Voyage of Growth And Discovery” (2011), which was made in collaboration with Michael Smith.

“The idea behind the all-day video screening is to pay tribute to this extraordinary and influential artist through his work,” says Lori Zippay, executive director of EAI. “The video works being screened, many of which were made in collaboration with other artists, span a period of over thirty years, and are as wildly idiosyncratic, complex and brilliant as Mike himself. EAI began working with Mike to distribute and archive his single-channel video pieces in the early 1990s, and we’re honored to collaborate with the Dia Art Foundation and the Mike KelleyFoundation for the Arts to provide a space and a context that will allow his remarkable work to speak for itself.”

The event is free and will take place from 10am to 10pm at 541 West 22nd Street (Chelsea, Manhattan) on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Admission is free.

In February, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts organized a 24-hour tribute to Kelley in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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