Toward the end of his career, Mike Kelley produced works that increasingly invoked elaborate webs of references and associations. His last two videos, ‘Vice Anglais’ and ‘Made in England,’ are no exception. Join us on 14 December for a screening of these two works at Hauser & Wirth when John Miller will lead a introduction and discussion and explore some of the allusions Kelley packed into these videos. He will situate them in the decadent/romantic literary tradition, examine their basis in the narrative of Dante Gabriel Rosetti and consider the impact of the director Ken Russell on the stylization of Kelley’s late work.
This event is free, however, due to extremely limited capacity, guests will be admitted on a strictly first come, first served basis.
About the Artist
Over the course of his four-decade career, Mike Kelley (1954 – 2012) produced a provocative and rich oeuvre that conflates the highest and lowest forms of popular culture in a relentless critical examination of social relations, cultural identity, and systems of belief. Through an extensive variety of media, including drawing, painting and sculpture, video and photography, performance, music, and a formidable body of critical writing, Kelley sought to reveal the unexpected connections and contradictions of the American vernacular.
About John Miller
John Miller is an artist, writer and musician based in New York and Berlin. I Miller’s books include ‘Mike Kelley: Educational Complex’ published by Afterall Books, in addition to ‘The Ruin of Exchange: Selected Writings and The Price Club: Selected Writings (1977-1998),’ both published by JRP-Ringier and the Consortium as part of their Positions series. La Magasin in Grenoble, at the Kunstverein in Hamburg and at the Kunsthalle Zurich have held solo exhibitions of his artwork. In 2016 the ICA Miami featured ‘I Stand, I Fall,’ his first comprehensive survey in the United States. n 2011 he received the Wolfgang Hahn Prize from the Society for Contemporary Art at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Miller is a Professor of Professional Practice in Barnard College’s Art History Department.