8 Museum Shows You Need to See This Fall

by Paddy Johnson on August 28, 2013 The L Magazine

Mike Kelley, “Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites,” 1991/1999. Images courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. Photography: Joshua White/JWPictures.com.

This week at The L Magazine Paul D’Agostino and I calibrated our crystal balls for the fall, and came up with eight museum shows we’re sure are gonna be worth a view or two. Mike Kelley’s been a theme today, so I’m including our blurb for his retrospective at MoMA PS1 below. For the rest, you’ll have to click through.

Mike Kelley, MoMA PS1

Several hundred mixed media works by this broadly influential and deeply loved artist will take over all of PS1’s exhibition spaces. In a reassembling of his posthumous retrospective previously mounted at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the show promises to be monumental and for good reason. Some shows need to be seen. This is one of them. Opens October 13. D’Agostino.

If you’re old enough to have grown tired of seeing piles of icky stuffed animals define artmaking in the 90s, you may also be old enough to know that Mike Kelley, who committed suicide in 2012, is the artist to blame for that very dark period of contemporary art history. Kelley began his work with toys in the 80s, making quilts, toy blobs, and installations with the material. In 1992, his work even graced the cover of the Sonic Youth album Dirty. But Kelley’s practice is arguably much more diverse than his influence, so this is an exhibition worth perusing. That should take a good amount of time; the show spans the entire museum. Paddy Johnson.

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