Curated by Emi Fontana and Andrea Lissoni, Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time aims to examines the work of the late American artist Mike Kelley (Detroit, 1954 – Los Angeles, 2012) through the display of installations, videos and sculptures mainly realized from 2000 to 2006.
According to the curators cultural aspects and autobiographical memories are a part of Mike Kelley’s art: his relationship with education, his links with modernist architecture, his view of the tradition of painting and of American literature and his approach to the vernacular and to popular culture, youthful initiatory rites and styles of musical subcultures. The exhibition opens with Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 (A Domestic Scene) and Runway for Interactive DJ Event, two installations - which were shown together at Mike Kelley's first solo exhibition in Italy, at the Galleria Emi Fontana in Milan in 2000 - that constitute a fundamental turning point in Mike Kelley’s research and the dawn of what was to be his most prolific creative period. Eternity is a Long Time, which gives the exhibition its title, is also the phrase pronounced by one of the two protagonists in the video entitled Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 (A Domestic Scene) to his partner before both of them take their own lives.
Another key installation is the John Glenn Memorial Detroit River Reclamation Project (Including the Local Culture Pictorial Guide, 1968-1972, Wayne/Westland Eagle) of 2001, which takes inspiration from a monument to the astronaut John Glenn, after whom the high school that Mike Kelley attended was named.
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