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Mike Kelley, <i>Arena #7</i>, 1990
found stuffed animals, wood, and blanket
11 1/2 x 53 x 49 inches (29.2 x 134.6 x 124.5 cm)
Mike Kelley, Arena #7, 1990
found stuffed animals, wood, and blanket
11 1/2 x 53 x 49 inches (29.2 x 134.6 x 124.5 cm)
Mike Kelley, <i>Memory Ware Flat #29</i>, 2001
mixed media on board
70 1/4 x 46 1/2 x 4 inches
signed on verso
Mike Kelley, Memory Ware Flat #29, 2001
mixed media on board
70 1/4 x 46 1/2 x 4 inches
signed on verso
Mike Kelley, <i>John C. Calhoun from the Reconstructed History Series</i>, 1989
Black and white photograph
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3cm)
Mike Kelley, John C. Calhoun from the Reconstructed History Series, 1989
Black and white photograph
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3cm)
Mike Kelley, <i>Daniel Webster from the Reconstructed History Series</i>, 1989
Black and white photograph
10 x 8 inches, 25.4 x 20.3cm
Mike Kelley, Daniel Webster from the Reconstructed History Series, 1989
Black and white photograph
10 x 8 inches, 25.4 x 20.3cm
Mike Kelley, <i>Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #4 (Boss Vampire)</i>, 2004-05
Piezo print on  rag paper (black and white) and chromoogenice print (color)
73.5  x 34 inches (186.7 x 86.4 cm)
Mike Kelley, Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #4 (Boss Vampire), 2004-05
Piezo print on rag paper (black and white) and chromoogenice print (color)
73.5 x 34 inches (186.7 x 86.4 cm)

Biography

Mike Kelley
(1954-2012)

Mike Kelley was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1954. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1976. Kelley’s work is extremely diverse in topic and medium. It includes performances, installations, drawings, and sculptures - made of multiple materials and non-art objects, including stuffed animals. Kelley comes from a generation that consistently blurred the traditional boundaries between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art and questioned the societal and cultural values to which art is usually bound. As a result, his works challenge traditional attitudes towards topics such as religion, sexuality, gender, education and even art history. Kelley’s work has also been influenced by vernacular American art and music. It is this constant challenge and variety of influences that makes Kelley’s works so intriguing and powerful. At times subtle or uncanny, and at times extremely blunt, their message comes across to the viewer in a myriad of forms.

Mike Kelley has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have been held in institutions such as the WIELS Centre d'Art Contemporain in Brussels in 2008, the Musée du Louvre in Paris in 2006 and the Tate Liverpool and Museum Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna in 2004. A major retrospective exhibition was held at the reopening of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, in 2013 and traveled to the MOCA, Los Angeles in 2014. He has also participated in exhibitions in major institutions such as the MUMOK (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig) in Vienna, the Pinakothek der Modern in Munich, and the Stedelijk Museum CS in Amsterdam. Kelley has participated in multiple Whitney Biennials, and others held internationally. Mike Kelley was a prolific writer and critic himself, and his work has been featured in multiple publications. Mike Kelley lived and worked in Los Angeles.


HONORS AND AWARDS
2006 Wolfgang Hahn prize, Society of Modern Art, Museum Ludwig
2003 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
2000 The California Institute of the Arts Distinguished Alumnus Award
1998 The University of Michigan School of Art and Design Distinguished Alumnus Award
1997 Skowhegan Medal for Mixed Media
1990 National Endowment for the Arts Museum Program Exhibition Grant
1987 Awards in the Visual Arts Grant
1986 Artists Space Interarts Grant
1985 National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grant
1984 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
Memory Ware, Hauser & Wirth, New York
Kandors, Venus Over Manhattan, New York

2015
Hauser & Wirth, New York

2014
Mike Kelley: Reconstructed History, Skarstedt, Chelsea, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

2013
An Homage to Mike Kelley, MoMA PS1, New York
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time, HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy
Mobile Homestead, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan

2012
Memory Ware Flats, Skarstedt Gallery, New York
Mike Kelley: Themes and Variations from 35 Years,The Stedelijk Museum,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Traveled to Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2013), MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York (2013), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California (2014)

2011
Mike Kelley: Exploded Fortress of Solitude, Gagosian Gallery Britannia Street, London, United Kingdom
Mike Kelley: Kandor 10/ Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #34, Kandor 12/ Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #35,” Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills, California

2010
Mike Kelley: Arenas, Skarstedt Gallery, New York

2009
Mike Kelley: Day is Done Judson Church Dance, Judson Memorial Church, New York
Mike Kelley: Horizontal Tracking Shots, Gagosian Gallery (24th Street), New York

2008
Mike Kelley: 1018 Art, New York
Mike Kelley Educational Complex Onwards: 1995-2008, (curated by Anne Pontégnie), Wiels, Brussels, Belgium

2007
Mike Kelley: Hermaphrodite Drawings, Gagosian Gallery, (Britannia Street), London, United Kingdom
Mike Kelley: Memory Ware Flats, Skarstedt Gallery, New York
Mike Kelley: Kandors, Jablonka Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2006
Mike Kelley: Profondeurs Vertes, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Mike Kelley: Liquid Diet and Related Works, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
Mike Kelley: 1975-1994 Works, Medium, St. Bathélemy, French West Indies (Catalogue)

2005
Mike Kelley: Day Is Done, Gagosian Gallery, New York (catalogue)

2004
Mike Kelley, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
Mike Kelley: The Uncanny, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)

2003
Mike Kelley: Memory Ware, Wood Grain, Carpet, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy (Catalogue)
Sod and Sodie Sock (with Paul McCarthy), Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon, Institut d’art contemporain, Lyon, France (catalogue)
The Poetics Project 1977-1997 (with Tony Oursler), The Curve, Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom

2002
Mike Kelley: Reversals, Recyclings, Completions, and Late Additions, Metro Pictures, New York
Mike Kelley: The Poetry of Form: Part of an Ongoing Attempt to Develop an Auteur Theory of Naming, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Mike Kelley: Test Room, Galerie Art et Public, Geneva, Switzerland
Black Out, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, California
Mike Kelley: Selected Works 1982-1990, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York

2001
Mike Kelley, Sperone Jr., Rome, Italy
Memory Ware, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany (catalogue)
2000
The Poetics Project: 1977-1997 (Documenta Version, with Tony Oursler), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Consolation Prize: Mike Kelley and John Miller, Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (catalogue)
Destroy All Monsters: Postmodern Multimedia and Musical Mutations (Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw and Cary Loren), Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington.
Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy: Collaborative Works, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (catalogue)
Mike Kelley: Sublevel, Framed and Frame, Test Room, Migros Museum, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
Unisex Love Nest, Galerie Daniel Bucholz, Cologne, Germany
Mike Kelley & Peter Fischli and David Weiss,Sammlung Goetz and Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany (catalogue)
Mike Kelley, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy
Categorical Imperative and Morgue, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Memory Ware, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
Mike Kelley: Paintings and Drawings from the Rowan Collection, Christie’s, New York

1999
Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, California
Metro Pictures, New York, New York
Mike Kelley and Ed Ruscha, Photographs,Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, California
Mike Kelley: Two Projects, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany (catalogue)
Mike Kelley: Framed and Framed, Test Room, Sublevel, MAGASIN: Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble. Grenoble, France (catalogue)
Mike Kelley Hotel Empain, Brussels, Belgium. Traveled to FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angouleme, France (catalogue)
“Unisex Love Nest,
Steirischer Herbst 99, Palais Attems, Graz, Austria

1998
Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)
The Poetics Project: 1977-1997,(Barcelona version, with Tony Oursler), Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
The Poetics Project: 1977-1997 (Documenta version, with Tony Oursler), Metro Pictures, New York
Sublevel: Dim Recollection Illuminated by Multicolored Swamp Gas, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Strange Früt: Detroit Culture (with Jim Shaw and Carey Loren), Centrum Beeldende Kunst/Villa Alkmaer, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In conjunction with the exhibition I rip you, You rip me: honey, we’re going down in history.
Destroy All Monsters Archive (with Jim Shaw and Carey Loren), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In conjunction with the exhibition I rip you, You rip me: honey, we’re going down in history.

1997
Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan.
Mike Kelley, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art , Malmö, Sweden; Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (catalogue)
The Poetics Project: 1977-1997(Barcelona Version, with Tony Oursler), Patrick Painter, Inc., Santa Monica, California
The Poetics Project: 1977-1997 (Documenta version, with Tony Ourlser), The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue)
The Poetics Project: 1977-1997 (Documenta version, with Tony Oursler), Documenta 10, Kassel, Germany (catalogue)

1996
Land O' Lakes,Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue)

1995
The Thirteen Seasons (Heavy on the Winter), Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany (catalogue)
Missing Time: Works on Paper 1974-1976 Reconsidered, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (catalogue)
Towards a Utopian Arts Complex, Metro Pictures, New York
Mike Kelley: Recent Work, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
Mike Kelley, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
Paul McCarthy/Mike Kelley, Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany
“Flags and Video Heidi, Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich, Germany

1994
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California
New Photographs, Metro Pictures, New York

1993
Mike Kelley: Catholic Tastes, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California (1994); Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (1995) (catalogue)
Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler: White Trash Et Phobic (Installation-Video), Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

1992
Mike Kelley, Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland; Institute of Contemporary Art, London, United Kingdom; CAPC, Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux, France (catalogue)
Alma Pater (Wolverine Den), Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany; Metro Pictures, New York
The Riddle of the Sphinx” and “Pansy Metal/Clovered Hoof,The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mike Kelley and John Boskovich, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1991
Mike Kelley: Half a Man, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (catalogue)
Juana De Aizpuru, Madrid, Spain
Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Lumpenprole, Galerie Peter Pakesch, Vienna; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium

1990
Metro Pictures, New York
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France

1989
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Why I Got Into Art—Vaseline Muses, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Peter Pakesch, Vienna, Austria
Mike Kelley, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany (catalogue)
Pansy Metal/Clovered Hoof, Metro Pictures, New York
Pansy Metal/Clovered Hoof, Robin Lockett Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1988
Three Projects: Half a Man, From My Institution to Yours, Pay for Your Pleasure, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (catalogue)
Half a Man, Metro Pictures, New York

1987
Vintage Works: 1979-1986, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California. Two-artist exhibition with Chris Burden
Half a Man, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1985
Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California
“Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile, Metro Pictures, New York

1984
The Sublime, Metro Pictures, New York
“The Sublime, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1983
Monkey Island, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California
The Sublime, Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York
1982
Monkey Island and Confusion, Metro Pictures, New York

1981
Meditation on a Can of Vernors, Riko Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1979
The Poltergeist: A Work Between David Askevold and Mike Kelley, Foundation for Art Resources, Los Angeles, California


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Portraits, Skarstedt, New York
Nude: From Modigliani to Currin, Gagosian Gallery, New York

2015
America is Hard to See , Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
COOL / As a State of Mind , MAMO — Centre d’art de la Cité Radieuse, Marseilles,
France
Matters of Pattern, Skarstedt, Chelsea, New York
My House: Mike Kelley and Ryan Trecartin, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Flying over the Abyss, Contemporary Art Centre, Thessaloniki, Greece
Avatar and Atavism – Outside the Avantgarde, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
Random Sampling – Painting from the Goetz Collection Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
A Blind Man in His Garden, Luma Westbau, Pool, Zurich, Switzerland

2014
Dark Pop, Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany
Another Look at Detroit (Part I and II), Marianne Boesky Gallery and Marlborough Chelsea, New York
Titans of the Stratosphere,, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, California
Cast From Life, Skarstedt, New York
No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984–1989, David Zwirner, New York
Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California
Comic Future, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio


2013
Murdered Out, Skarstedt, New York
Destruction to Utopia, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, California
NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, New Museum, New York
New Impressions of Raymond Roussel, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2012
Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum, New York

2011
Museum der Wünsch/Museum of Desires: Jeff Wall, Louise Lawler, Mike Kelley, Isa Genzken, Franz West, Stephen Prina, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung
Ludwig Wien,
Vienna, Austria
Rear Window: Brought to you in high-def, Patrick Painter Gallery, Santa Monica,
California
David Askevold: The Disorientation Scientist, Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom
Unpainted Paintings, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York City
Zwei Sammler: Thomas Olbricht und Harald Falckenberg, Halle für aktuelle Kunst, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
The Luminous Interval, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
Power to the Imagination – Artists, Posters and Politics, Museum für Kunst und
Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
The Spectacular Vernacular, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Traveled to: Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Montclair Art Museum, Houston; Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Made in Italy, Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy
Let the Healing Begin, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Heinz and Marianne Ebers Foundation: A Collection with Stature, Museum Haus
Lange, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Krefeld, Germany

2010
Medium: Photography, Patrick Painter Inc., Los Angeles
Summer Shows,Gagosian Gallery, New York
A Voyage of Growth and Discovery, West of Rome Public Art presented at The Farley Building, Los Angeles, California
Crash: Homage to JG Ballard, Gagosian Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Martin Kippenberger + Mike Kelley, Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid, Spain
Meet Me Inside, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California

2009
A Voyage of Growth and Discovery, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York
A Certain State of the World?Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow
Bijoux de Famille, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
Mike Kelley/Terence Koh/Jeff Koons, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Richard Prince, Martin Kippenberger, Mike Kelley, Skarstedt Gallery, New York
Regift, Swiss Institute, New York

2008
Life on Mars,55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
for what you are about to receive, Gagosian Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Prefab, Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York
Painting Now and Forever, Part II, Matthew Marks Gallery and Greene Naftali
Gallery, New York
Paul Thek in the Context of Today’s Contemporary Art, ZKM Museum of
Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany. Traveled to Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg, Germany
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom
Jedermann Collection – Set 5 from the Fotomuseum Winterthur Collection,
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland
Adotta un Disegno (Adopt a Drawing), Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome. Travelled to: Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy
Wako Works of Art: 15 Years / Part IV, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan
California Video, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
Slightly Unbalanced, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois. Traveled to: Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia; Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, Los Angeles, California
Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
BCAM, Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Do Not Play with Dead Things, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Villa Arson, Nice, France
Disorderly Conduct: Recent Art in Tumultuous Times, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California
Colateral 2: Quando a arte olha o cinema, SESC (Serviço Social do Comércio) Avenida Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil
Eyes Wide Open, Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Puppet Show, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Travelled to: Santa Monica Museum of Art, California; The Contemporary Museum,
Honolulu, Hawaii; The Contemporary Arts. Museum, Houston, Texas; Frye Art
Museum, Seattle, Washington

2007
Fit to Print, Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York
Pop Art Is…, Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London, United Kingdom
Skulptur Projekte Münster 07 (curated by Kasper König & Brigitte Franzen).
Makers and Modelers, Gladstone Gallery, New York
L.A. Desire ( curated by Wilhelm Schürmann), Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, Düsseldorf, Germany
Quotidian (curated by Thomas Duncan), BUIA Gallery, New York
Alone In the Jungle, Mandarin, Los Angeles, California
Artists In & Out of Cologne, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida

2006
Into Me / Out of Me, PS1, Long Island City, New York
Traveled to: Kunst-Werke Institute for Conteporary Art, Berlin (through 2007)
Partial Recall, Lehmann Maupin, New York
The Other Side, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
os Angeles 1955-1985 (curated by Catherine Grenier), Centre Pompidou, Paris
EGO mania (curated by Milovan Farronato), Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy
Constructing Realities, Pacewildenstein Gallery, New York

2005
Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
With us against reality or against us!, Galleri s.e, Bergen, Norway
AB OVO (curated by Stephen Hull), Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, California. Traveled to Arena 1, Santa Monica, California
Drunk vs. Stoned, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York

2004
WOW (The Work of the Work), Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
Jahresgaben 04/05, Kunsverein Braunschweig, Germany
Disparities & Deformations – Our Grotesque, 5th International Site Santa Fe Bienniale, New Mexico
Planet B, Magazin 4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, Austria
Taschen Collection, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Les Enfants Terrible: Il linguaggio dell’infanzia nell’ Arte 1909-2004, Museo Cantonale di Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland
Monument To Now: The Dakis Joannou Collection, DESTE Foundation for
Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Off the Record: Sound Arc, ARC/ Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists(curated by Matthew Higgs, Kevin
Killian, David Robbins), Independent Curators International, CCA Wattis
Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California
Animals, Haunch of Venison, London, United Kingdom
100 Artists See God, (curated by John Baldessari and Meg Cranston for Independent Curators International), New York. Traveled to The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia; Institute of Contemporary Art, London, United Kingdom
100 Artists See Satan, California State University Fullerton and Grand Central Art
Center, Fullerton, California
Paradiso e Inferno, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Comune di Venezia, alleria di Piazza S. Marco 71/c, Venice, Italy

2003
Capp Street Project: 20th Anniversary Exhibition, CCAC Wattis Institute for
Contemporary Arts, Logan Galleries, California College of Arts and Crafts, San
Francisco, California
Micro Utopías,Art and Architecture, 2nd Valencia Biennial, Valencia, Spain
C’est Arrivé Demain, Biennale D’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France
Fast Forward,Media Art Sammlung Goetz, KZM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Sitings: Installation Art 1969-2002, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The Not-So-Still-Life. A Century of California Painting and Sculpture, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California
The Disembodied Spirit, Bowdoin College Museum, Brunswick, Maine
Numéro O – Magaines: du messafe au medium, Centre National de l’estampe et de l’art Imprimé, Chatou, France
Stars. Une Exposition – Promenade Parodic, École Supérieure des Beauz-arts de
Tours, France
Il racconto del filo. Ricamo e cucito nell'arte contemporanea, MART, Trento, Italy.
Catastrofi minime (curated by Fernando Castro, Saretto Cincinelli and Cristiana Collu), MAN, Nuoro, Italy
Outlook: International Art Exhibition Athens, Factory, Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece
At Work: The Art of California Labor, California Historical Society, San Francisco and the Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University, California
Numéro Zéro, Centre National de l’Estampe et de l’Art Imprimé, Chatou, France
Video Acts: Single Channel Works from the Collections of Pamela and Richard
Kramlich and New Art Trust,
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom
Micropolitics: Art and Everyday Life (2001-1968),Espai d’Art Contemporani de
Castello, Valenciana, Spain
False Innocence, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
Trésors Publics (w/ Paul McCarthy), Musee d’ Art Moderne et d’ Art Contemporain de Strasbourg, Germany
Do It, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Phantom of Desire: Visions of Masochism in Art, Neue Galerie Graz and
Stadtmuseum Graz, am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
Raid The Icebox—From the Backroom: Artists Select, Margo Leavin Gallery,
Los Angeles, California
MARS – Art and War, Gesellschaft der Freunde der Neuen Galerie, Graz, Austria

2002
Sonic Process, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
The Object Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, United Kingdom
Video Acts, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York. Traveled to Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom
Life, Death, Love, Hate, Pleasure, Pain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
L'arte del gioco. Da Klee a Boetti (curated by Pietro Bellasi, Alberto Fiz and Tulliola Sparagni), Museo Archeologico Regionale, Aosta, Italy
Almost Warm & Fuzzy: Childhood and Contemporary Art, Cleveland Center for
Contemporary Art, Ohio
Garden of Violence, Historical Museum of Murten, Switzerland
Art Downtown, Wall Street Rising, New York
Permanent Collection Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Shoot the Singer: Music on Video, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Hommage an Rudolf Schwarzkogler, 30 Jahre Galerie Krinzinger, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Five by Five: Contemporary Artists on Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New York
Self-portraits and portraits, WAKO Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Last Spring in Paris, Patrick Seguin Gallery, Paris, France
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Conversations?—Recent acquisitions of the Van Abbemuseum, Academy of Fine Arts, Athens
Material World: From Lichtenstein to Viola, 25 Years of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Mutiples Objets de Désir: Acquisitions 2001 du fonds national d’art Contemporain, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, France
Music in Me, Geselleschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, Germany
Laid Bare, Bergan Kunsthall, Norway

2001
Almost Warm & Fuzzy, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York. Traveled to Centre Cultural de la Fundació “la Caixa”, Barcelona, Spain
Collaborations with Parkett: 1984 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York
American Art from the Goetz Collection, Galerie Rudolfinum, Centre of Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic
Artists Take on Detroit, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Los Angeles Artists for the Benefit of New York City, Yamagata Studio, Los Angeles, California
Retorn al País de les Meravelles: L’art contemporani I la infància, Centre Cultural de la Fundació “la Caixa,” Barcelona, Spain
Neue Welt, Frankfurterkunsterverein, Frankfurt, Germany
Biennale de Lyon, Art contemporain, Musée d’ Art contemporain, Lyon, France
The Global Guggenheim: Selections from the Extended Collection, Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Bienal de Valencia, Genralitat Valenciana, Valencia, Spain
un art populaire, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France
After the Beginning and Before the End: Instruction Drawings, Bergen Art Museum, Norway
Homes for the Soul: Micro-Architecture in Medieval and Contemporary Art, Gallery 4, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, United Kingdom
Play’s the Thing: Critical and Transgressive Practices in Contemporary Art, Art
Gallery of the Graduate Center, The City University of New York, New York
Art>Music (rock, pop, techno), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Beautiful Productions, art to play, art to wear, art to own: Collaborations with Parkett, 1984 to now,Museum of Modern Art, New York. Travelled to: The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Trans>Editions, Chac Mool Gallery, Los Angeles California

2000
Let's Entertain, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Traveled to Centre Georges
Pompidou, Paris, France; Portland Art Musuem, Portland, Oregon; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany; Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Apocalypse: Beauty and Horror in Contemporary Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom
Many Colored Objects Placed Side by Side to Form a Row of Many Colored Objects, Casino Luxembourg, Belgium
Open Ends, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Destroy All Monsters: Postmodern Multimedia and Musical Mutations (Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw and Cary Loren) Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington
Mike Kelley and Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Sammlung Goetz and Lenbachhaus,
Munich, Germany
Almost Warm & Fuzzy, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington
Arte Americana: Ultimo Decennio, Ravenna, Loggetta Lombardesca, Italy
Art in the 80’s, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York
American Photographs,Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan
There is Something You Should Know: Die EVN Sammlung im Belvedere, Austrian Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
Food for the Mind: Die Sammlung Udo and Anette Brandhorst, Staatsgalerie
moderner Kunst in the Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Sonic Matters, Sonic Collaborations, Printed Matter, Inc. New York
Made in California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

1999
...on the sublime...,Rooseum, Malmö, Sweden
American Century, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Fluffy, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada
Zeitwenden, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany. Traveled to: Museum Moderner Kunst, Siftung, Germany; Ludwig Wien, Germany; Kunstlherhaus Wien, Germany
(through 2000)
The Rowan Collection: Passion and Patronage, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, California
Plain Air, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
Vergiss den Ball und speil’weiter: Das Bild des Kindes in zeitgenossischer Kunst und Wissenschaft, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Germany
Veronica’s Revenge: Photographies de la collection LAC-Suisse, Casino Luxembourg and Musee National D’Histoire et D’art, Luxembourg
Art de Vivre: une exposition d’oeuvres de la collection du Frac Languedoc-Roussillon, ATA Centre d’Art Contemporain and Galerie Ata-ray, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Six Americans: Gober, Kelley, Koons, Prince, Sherman, Wool, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York
A Room of Their Own: From Rothko to Rauschenberg, From Arbus to Gober, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Desire Admire Acquire, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania
Eye Infection, Stedelijk Museum, The Netherlands
Painter Editions: Recent Projects, Patrick Painter, Santa Monica, California
Uniform Order and Disorder, Stazione Leopolda, Florence, Italy
Painting at the Edge of the World, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Camera Works: The Photographic Impulse in Contemporary Art, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
A.R.T. Press Portfolio, David Adamson Gallery, Washington D.C.
Drawn By, Metro Pictures, New York
Making It Real, Independent Curator’s International, New York. Traveled to Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; the Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine; the Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia; the Bakalar Gallery, Massachusettes College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts; the Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York

1998
Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979, Museum of
Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Traveled to: MAK, Vienna; MAC Barcelona, Spain;
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; NMA, Osaka, Japan
Destroy All Monsters Archive, Museum Boymans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
LA Times, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene, Italy
Plaisir déplaisir, capc Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France
Emotion, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
The Poetics Project: 1977-1997, (collaboration with Tony Oursler), Metro Pictures, New York
Real Stories, Marianne Boesky Gallery with Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
Presumed Innocence, Anderson Gallery, School of Fine Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Traveled to Capc Musee d’art contemporain de Bordeaux. (through 2000)
Wounds: Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art,Moderna
Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Figurative Sculpture, Patrick Painter, Inc., Santa Monica, California
10 Years: Portikus Frankfurt, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York
L.A. on Paper 1, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
Crossings, Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria

1997
Gothic, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts
unshine & Noir: Art in L.A. 1960- 1997, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art,
Humlebaek, Denmark. Traveled to Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg; Castello di Rivoli, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy; Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California
Documenta X, Kassel, Germany
The Poetics Project: 1977-1997, (collaboration with Tony Oursler), Watari-um, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

1996
Everything that's interesting is new: The Dakis Joannou Collection, (organized by the DESTE Foundation, in conjunction with The Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen), Athens School of Fine Arts "the factory", Greece
L'Informe: le Modernisme a Rebours, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
DISTEMPER: Dissonant Themes in the Art of the 1990s, Hirshhorn Museum and
Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Shift, Eine Ausstellung der Neuen Geselleschaft fur Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany

1995
Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
ARS 95 Helsinki, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Zeichen & Wunder, Kunsthaus Zurich. Traveled to: Centro Galego de Arte
Contemporanea; Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Feminin-Masculin: Le Sexe de l'Art?, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Passions Privees, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

1994
Hors Limites - L'Art et La Vie, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Temporary Translation(s): Sammlung Schurmann, Deichtorhallen Hamburg,
Germany
Zimmer in Denen die Zeit Nicht Zahlt, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel,
Switzerland

1993
Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
American Art of this Century, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Royal Academy of Art, London
Abject Art: Repulsion and Desire in American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The Uncanny,organized by Mike Kelley for Sonsbeek '93, Gemeentemuseum,
Arnhem, Netherlands

1992
Helter Skelter L.A.: Art in the 1990's, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany
Doubletake. Collective Memory and Current Art, Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Allegories of Modernism- Contemporary Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Post Human, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Pully/Lausanne; France. Traveled to:
Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy; Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Désordres, Galerie Nationale Du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

1991
Savage Garden, Fundacion Caja de Pensiones, Madrid, Spain
Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Metropolis, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1989
Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Prospect 89, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
1988
The BiNational: American Art of the Late 80's, Museum of Fine Arts and Institute ofContemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts. Traveled to Stadtische Kunsthalle,Kunstsammlung Nordrheinn-Westfalen and Kunstverein fur die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart,
Germany
Aperto '88: La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Graz 88, Grazer Kunstverein, Stadtmuseum Graz, Austria

1987
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Avant-Garde in the Eighties, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
LA: Hot and Cool: The Eighties, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1986
Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art, 1945-1986, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

1985
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1984
The Fifth Biennale of Sydney - Private Symbol: Social Metaphor, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

1983
The First Show: Painting & Sculpture From Eight Collections 1940-1980, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

FILMS:
2006
Mike Kelley: Day Is Done, Premiered at the New York Underground Film Theatre, New York

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Capc Musée, Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain Puteaux, France
Fundacion “la Caixa,” Madrid, Spain
Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany
Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Louisiana Museum, Humlebeck, Denmark
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum Abteilung Monchengladbach, Germany
Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Museum für Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
Stedelijke Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Walker Art Center, Cincinnatti, Ohio
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York