Hi all, On the occasion of MOCA’s ongoing exhibition Mike Kelley, Filmforum presents two special events this week celebrating the work of Mike Kelley. Thursday at MOCA we host Paul McCarthy, discussing their work together. Tickets are going fast for Thursday. if you are thinking of getting tickets at the door, you might wish to consider getting advance tickets.
Saturday at the Art Center College of Design we co-present a screening and panel discussion of Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead. Speakers include Diana Thater, Bennett Simpson, Patti Podesta, and Mary Clare Stevens! Saturday's event at Art Center is free! Information for both events below. Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents Mike Kelley & Paul McCarthy Thursday, July 10, 2014 – 7:00 pm At the Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Tickets: $12 general, $7 students; free for Filmforum and MOCA members. Available by credit card in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/258310 or at the door. Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA hosts an evening exploring the collaborative video and performance work produced by Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy. McCarthy figured as a key influence for Kelley from early in his career, and the two artists met and began a longtime, recurring collaboration from the mid-’80s onward. In this program, Filmforum is honored to host Paul McCarthy in person to present and discuss his work with Kelley, including their epic collaborative project Sod & Sodie Sock Comp O.S.O. McCarthy will present and discuss multiple projects in which he collaborated with Mike Kelley. In particular, McCarthy will talk about his and Kelley’s large-scale collaborative performance/installation Sod & Sodie Sock Comp O.S.O. (1998), and screen the rarely seen video, Sod & Sodie Sock (Vienna Cut), and more. Very gracious thanks to Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts/Mary Clare Stevens (Executive Director) and Paul McCarthy for making this program possible. For more event information: http://edu.moca.org/calendar/2014-07-10#mevent-8055 ,www.lafilmforum.org, or 213/621-1745 Widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, Mike Kelley (1954-2012) produced a body of deeply innovative work mining American popular culture and both modernist and alternative traditions - which he set in relation to relentless self and social examinations, both dark and delirious. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Kelley lived and worked in Los Angeles from the mid-1970s until his death at the age of fifty-seven. Over his thirty-five year career, he worked in every conceivable medium - drawings on paper, sculpture, performance, music, video, photography, and painting - exploring themes as diverse as American class relations, sexuality, repressed memory, systems of religion and transcendence, and post-punk politics, to which he brought both incisive critique and abundant, self-deprecating humor. (partial biography courtesy of MOCA, Los Angeles) Paul McCarthy was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1945. After attending the University of Utah, he received his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute, and his M.F.A. from the University of Southern California. In the summer of 2013, McCarthy installed a large-scale, film-and-sculpture environment, “WS,” at the Park Avenue Armory, New York. “WS” ran in conjunction with three solo shows of McCarthy’s work at both Hauser & Wirth locations in New York City. His work has been shown in the 1993 Venice Biennale and Sonsbeek ‘93, Arnheim, and in exhibitions at Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Musee d’Art Contemporain, Lausanne, Switzerland, among many others. Solo exhibitions of McCarthy’s work have been organized by Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Denmark; Middelheim Sculpture Museum, Antwerp, Belgium; Tate Modern, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hamburg Kunsthalle, Germany; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Air de Paris, Nice; and at major galleries worldwide. McCarthy lives and works in Los Angeles, California. (biography courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix) ----------------------- Saturday June 12, 2014, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Los Angeles Filmforum co-presents Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead – Screening and Panel Discussion At the Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena CA 91103 https://www.facebook.com/events/1421096791509480/ No tickets are required. The event is free and open to the public. This event is presented by Art Center College of Design in association with Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Los Angeles Filmforum and in conjunction with “Mike Kelley” at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Los Angeles Filmforum is pleased to co-present a screening and panel discussion of Mobile Homestead, a video series documenting Mike Kelley’s large-scale public art project on Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Art Center College’s Hillside Campus Ahmanson Auditorium, 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the campus student lot. For more information, please call 626.396.4222. A permanent artwork situated in Downtown Detroit, Mobile Homestead is a full-scale replica of the 1950s Westland suburban home where Kelley grew up. It is designed to operate as a community gallery with a removable façade on wheels that Kelley imagined would travel and dispense ‘public services.’ The videos document the remarkable journey through Detroit’s urban and suburban landscapes reflecting Kelley’s interest in its socio-economically diverse communities, as well as themes of biography, history and memory. In interviews and his own writing, Kelley noted his ambivalence towards public art, believing it was often foisted on a public audience that didn’t want it. With typical humor and insight, Kelley’s Mobile Homestead slyly puts this belief to the test. Bennett Simpson, curator of MOCA's current "Mike Kelley" exhibition; Patti Podesta, Graduate Art department faculty member at Art Center and Mary Clare Stevens, executive director of Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and Kelley’s studio manager from 2003 until 2012 will speak about the late artist throughout the July 12th program. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jason Smith, prolific contemporary art scholar and associate chair of the Graduate Art department at Art Center. 11am: Diana Thater, welcome and opening remarks 11:15am: Bennett Simpson, Remarks 11:30am: Screening: Westbound - Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland, 2010 (2011, color/sound, 78 min.) 1pm-‐2pm: Lunch Break 2pm: Patti Podesta, Remarks 2:15pm: Screening: Eastbound - Going East on Michigan Avenue from Westland to Downtown Detroit, 2010 (2011, color/sound, 78 min.) 3:30pm: Mary Clare Stevens, Remarks 3:45pm: Jason Smith and speakers, Panel discussion and Q&A About the videos: Kelley’s Mobile Homestead videos, Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland, 2010 (2011, color/sound, 78 min.) and Going East on Michigan Avenue from Westland to Downtown Detroit, 2010 (2011, color/sound, 78 min.), document the Mobile Homestead’s route from its permanent location at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) to Kelley’s former family home in Westland and back again. The voyage takes viewers along Michigan Avenue, the main route out of the city that passes through some of Detroit’s most historic neighborhoods. The vehicle’s journey is intercut with interviews with residents, workers and business owners encountered along the way, including members of a motorcycle club, sex workers, police officers and Ford Motor Company executives. A third video, which is not being screened on July 12, documents the opening launch and celebration of Kelley’s public project. Site Gallery in Sheffield, England says of the footage, “Kelley interweaves a narrative between the fascinating and bizarre characters, drawing the viewer into the incredible, sometimes shocking and other times ordinariness of peoples’ lives. It is a street of strange encounters; from Albanian Mike at Mike’s Famous Ham Place, opposite the only Jewish deli in the city, and nestling behind it, a ‘life-style’ venue led by a local dominatrix.” Mobile Homestead was commissioned by Artangel with support from the LUMA Foundation, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Read more about Mobile Homestead in Kelley’s own words here: http://www.mocadetroit.org/Mobile-HomesteadEssay.html ------------------------------ This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors. Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation. 2014 is our 39th year. Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum: July 10 – Paul McCarthy & Mike Kelley (Paul McCarthy in person!) (7pm @ MOCA) July 12 - Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead – Screening and Panel Discussion July 20 - Bruce Checefsky: Remaking the Unseen July 27 - Recent films from Portland OR, with curator Hannah Piper Burns August 3 - Centro Historico August 10 - Rea Tajiri, Lordville Memberships available, $70 single, $115 dual, or $50 single student Contact us at lafilmfo...@yahoo.com. Find us online at http://lafilmforum.org. Become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @LosAngFilmforum! __,_._,___
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