Mike Kelley

Mikey Kelley  (1954–2012) was regarded as one of the most influential members of the contemporary Conceptual Art movement. His multimedia work, ranging from performance and installation to painting and photography, features souvenirs of popular culture, such as stuffed animals or crocheted couch throws, evoking an atmosphere of the uncanny. In his postmodern world, the high and low are combined in philosophical investigations of contemporary society, joined with a 1950s comic book style, creating absurd, sometimes humorous portrayals of the American middle class and its conceptions of the normative. 

Kelley studied at the University of Michigan and at the California Institute of the Arts, and was influenced by 1960s Conceptual artists. In the early 1970s, he formed his own rock band, and staged performances including photographs, objects, and drawings. In the mid-1980s, Kelley continued using found objects in his installations and focused on psychological issues in his work, treating topics such as abuse and repression as the traumatic remains of a dysfunctional society. Themes of biography and autobiography became increasingly important in his work in the 1990s. Kelley participated in documenta 9 and 10 in Kassel, Germany, and has held solo shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Tate Liverpool, and at the Louvre in Paris. Kelley also received attention for his work as an art and music critic, and as a curator of numerous exhibitions.

 

 

 

Education: 

1978 Master in Fine Arts, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA. 1976 BA in Fine Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. 

Solo Exhibitions: 

2014

Mike Kelley: Reconstructed History. Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY. Mike Kelley. Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA. 

2013

An Homage to Mike Kelley. MoMA PS1, New York, NY. Mike Kelley. Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. 

Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time. HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy. 

Mobile Homestead. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI. 2012 Mike Kelley: Themes and Variations from 35 Years. The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2011 Mike Kelley: Exploded Fortress of Solitude. Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London, 

England.
Mike Kelley: Kandor 10/ Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #34, 

Kandor 12/ Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #35. Gagosian 

Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA.

2010

Mike Kelley: Arenas. Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY. 

2009

Mike Kelley: Day is Done Judson Church Dance. Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY. 

Mike Kelley: Horizontal Tracking Shots. Gagosian Gallery, 24th Street, New York, NY. 2008 Mike Kelley. 1018 Art, New York, NY. 

Mike Kelley Educational Complex Onwards: 1995-2008. (curated by Anne Pontégnie), Wiels, Brussels, Belgium. 

2007

Mike Kelley: Hermaphrodite Drawings. Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London, England. 

Mike Kelley: Memory Ware Flats. Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY. 

Mike Kelley: Kandors, Jablonka Galerie, Berlin, Germany.

2006

Mike Kelley: Vaseline Muses. Skarstedt Fine Art, New York, NY. 

Mike Kelley: Profounders vertes. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France. 

Mike Kelley: Historic works. Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France. 2005 Mike Kelley, Me • di • um. St. Barthélemy, French West Indies. 

Mike Kelley: Day is Done, Gagosian Gallery, 24th Street, New York, NY.

2004

Mike Kelley-The Uncanny. The Tate Liverpool, England. Traveled to: MUMOK, Museum 

of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria. Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France. 

2003 Mike Kelley: Memory Ware, Wood Grain, Carpet. Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy. Sod and Sodie Sock (w/Paul McCarthy), Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon, Institut 

d’art contemporain, Lyon, France. 

 

2002

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– Selected Works 1982-1990, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York, NY.
Test Room Containing Multiple Stimuli Known to Elicit Curiosity and Manipulatory 

Responses, Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland.
Black Out. Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA.
Mike Kelley: Reversals. Recyclings. Completions. and Late Additions. Metro Pictures, 

New York, NY.

2001

Aerodynamic Vertical to Horizontal Shift. Sperone Jr., Rome, Italy. 

Memory Ware. Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany.

2000

Consolation Prize: Mike Kelley and John Miller. Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., 

Canda.
Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy: Collaborative Works. Power Plant Contemporary Art 

Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
Unisex Love Nest. Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany.
Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy.
Categorical Imperative and Morgue. Van Abbemuseum, Stedelijk, Eindhoven, The 

Netherlands.
Memory Ware. Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France.
Mike Kelley: Paintings and Drawings from the Rowan Collection. Christie’s, New York, NY.

1999

Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA. 

Mike Kelley and Ed Ruscha, Photographs. Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA. Unisex Love Nest. Steirischer Herbst 99, Palais Attems, Graz, Austria.
>Mike Kelley</(Franz West)? Hotel Empain, Brussels, Belgium. Traveled to FRAC 

Poitou-Charentes Angouleme, France (through 2000).
Mike Kelley: Two Projects. Kunstverein, Braunschweig, Germany.
Mike Kelley- Sublevel, Framed and Frame, Test Room. Magasin, Centre National d'Art 

Contemporain, Grenoble, Switzerland. Travelled to: Migros Museum für 

Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland (through 2000). Metro Pictures, New York, NY. 

1998

Sublevel: Dim Recollection Illuminated by Multicolored Swamp Gas. Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany. 

Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy. Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria.
Strange Frut: Detroit Culture. Centrum Beeldende Kunst/Villa Alkmaer, Rotterdam, 

Netherlands. In conjunction with the exhibition I rip you, You rip me: honey, 

we’re going down in history (Collaboration with Jim Shaw and Cary Loren). 1997 Mike Kelley. Museu D'art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain. Travelled to: Rooseum 

Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden; Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, 

Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile. Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan. The Poetics Project: 1977-1997, (Collaboration with Tony Oursler). Documenta 10, 

Kassel, Germany. Travelled to: The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; Patrick Painter, Inc., Santa Monica, CA; Metro Pictures, New York, NY; Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; The Curve, Barbican Centre, London, England (through 2003). 

1996

Land-O-Lakes. Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan.

1995

Missing Time: Works on Paper 1974-1976. Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany. 

The Thirteen Seasons (Heavy on the Winter). Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany. Towards a Utopian Arts Complex. Metro Pictures, New York, NY.
Paul McCarthy/Mike Kelley. Hamburg Kunstverein, Germany.
Mike Kelley: Recent Work. Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI. 

Mike Kelley. Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France. 

Flags and Video Heidi. Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich, Germany. 1994 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 

New Photographs. Metro Pictures, New York, NY.

1993

Mike Kelley: Catholic Tastes. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. 

Travelled to:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.; The Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany. 

 

Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler: White Trash Et Phobic (Installation-Video). Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland. 

1992

Mike Kelley. Basel Kunsthalle. Travelled to: Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England; capc, Museé, Bordeaux, France. 

Alma Pater (Wolverine Den). Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany.
Mike Kelley and John Boskovich. Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.
Metro Pictures, New York, NY.
The Riddle of the Sphinx and Pansy Metal/Clovered Hoof. The Fabric Workshop, 

Philadelphia, PA.
1991

Mike Kelley: 'Half a Man.’ Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. 

Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid, Spain.
Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany.
Lumpenprole. Galerie Peter Pakesch, Vienna; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, 

Belgium.
1990

Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France. 

Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 

Metro Pictures, New York, NY.
1989

Pansy Metal/Clovered Hoof. Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley; Metro 

Pictures, New York, NY; Robbin Lockett Gallery, Chicago, IL. Galerie Peter Pakesch, Vienna, Austria.
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 

1988

Mike Kelley. Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany.
Three Projects: Half a Man, From My Institution to Yours, Pay for Your Pleasure. The 

Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Half a Man. Metro Pictures, New York, NY. 

1987

Half a Man. Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Vintage Works: 1979-1986 (two-artist exhibition with Chris Burden). Rosamund Felsen 

Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 1986 Metro Pictures, New York, NY. 

1985

Plato’s Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile. Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and Metro Pictures, New York, NY. 

1984

The Sublime. Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles and Metro Pictures, New York, NY. 

1983

Monkey Island. Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. The Sublime. Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York, NY. 

1982

Monkey Island and Confusion. Metro Pictures, New York, NY.

1981

Meditation on a Can of Vernors. Riko Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

1979

The Poltergeist: A Work Between David Askevold and Mike Kelley. Foundation for Art 

Resources, Los Angeles, CA. 

Group Exhibitions: 

2015

America Is Hard to See. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
COOL / As a State of Mind. MAMO — Centre d’art de la Cité Radieuse, Marseilles, 

France.

2014

Dark Pop. Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany. 

Another Look at Detroit (Part I and II). Marianne Boesky Gallery and Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY. 

Bas Jan Ader, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Mike Kelley. Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA. 

No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984–1989. David Zwirner, New York, NY. 2013 Destruction to Utopia. Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA. NYC

2012

Whitney Biennial. The Whitney Museum, New York, NY. 

1993:

Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star. 

New Museum, New York, NY. 

 

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 Inc., Santa Monica, CA. David Askevold: The Disorientation Scientist. Camden Arts Centre, London, England. Unpainted Paintings. Luxembourg & Dayan, New York City, NY.
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. Travel to: Contemporary 

Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Montclair Art Museum, Houston, TX; Ackland Art 

Museum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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, CA. 

Summer Shows. Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY.
A Voyage of Growth and Discovery. West of Rome Public Art presented at The Farley 

Building, Los Angeles, CA.
Crash: Homage to JG Ballard. Gagosian Gallery, London, England.
Martin Kippenberger + Mike Kelley. Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid, Spain Meet Me Inside. Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA. 

2009

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

2008

Life on Mars. 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, PA (through 2009).
for what you are about to receive. Gagosian Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Prefab. Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York, NY.
Painting Now and Forever, Part II. Matthew Marks Gallery and Greene Naftali Gallery, 

New York, NY.
Paul Thek in the Context of Today’s Contemporary Art. ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany. Travelled to: Sammlung Falckenberg 

Hamburg, Germany.
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art. Barbican Centre, London, England. Jedermann Collection – Set 5 from the Fotomuseum Winterthur Collection. 

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland.
2008 Adotta un Disegno (Adopt a Drawing). Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy. 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, CA.
Slightly Unbalanced. Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. Travelled to: Huntington 

Museum of Art, Huntington, WV; Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, 

Lafayette, LA.
Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today. The Museum of Modern Art, New 

York, NY.
BCAM, Broad Contemporary Art Museum. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los 

Angeles, CA.
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, CA.
Colateral 2: Quando a arte olha o cinema. SESC (Servi o Social do Comércio) Avenida 

Paulista, São Paulo, Spain.
Eyes Wide Open. Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The Puppet Show. Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 

Philadelphia, PA. Travelled to: Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI; The Contemporary Arts. Museum, Houston, TX; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA. 

2007

Fit to Print. Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York, NY.
Pop Art Is... Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London, England.
Skulptur Projekte Münster 07 (curated by Kasper König & Brigitte Franzen), Münster, 

Germany.
Makers and Modelers. Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY.
L.A. Desire ( curated by Wilhelm Schürmann). Galeri Dennis Kimmerich, Düsseldorf, 

Germany.
Quotidian (curated by Thomas Duncan). BUIA Gallery, New York, NY. Alone In the Jungle. Mandarin, Los Angeles, CA.
Artists In & Out of Cologne. Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL. 

2006 Into Me / Out of Me. P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY. Traveled to: Kunst-Werke Institute for Conteporary Art, Berlin, Germany (through 2007). 

Partial Recall. Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY.
The Other Side. Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY.
Los Angeles 1955-1985 (curated by Catherine Grenier). Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. EGO mania (curated by Milovan Farronato). Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy. Constructing Realities. Pacewildenstein Gallery, New York, NY. 

2005

Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht. ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (through 2006).
With us against reality or against us!, Galleri s.e, Bergen, Norway.
AB OVO (curated by Stephen Hull), Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA. Traveled 

to: Arena 1, Santa Monica, CA. (through 2006) Drunk vs. Stoned. Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY. 

2004 WOW (The Work of the Work). Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. 

Jahresgaben 04/05. Kunsverein Braunschweig, Germany.
Disparities & Deformations – Our Grotesque. 5th International Site Santa Fe Bienniale, 

NM.
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, France. 

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, CA. 

Animals. Haunch of Venison, London, England.
100 Artists See God (curated by John Baldessari and Meg Cranston for Independent 

Curators International). New York. Traveled to: The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia; Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England. 

100 Artists See Satan. California State University Fullerton and Grand Central Art Center, Fullerton, CA. 

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, CA.
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, CA. The Not-So-Still-Life. A Century of California Painting and Sculpture, San Jose 

Museum of Art, CA.
The Disembodied Spirit. Bowdoin College Museum, Brunswick, MN.
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. (through 2004)
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. Athens School of Fine Arts, “The Factory,” 

Greece.
At Work: The Art of California Labor. California Historical Society, San Francisco and 

the Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University, CA.
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 ofContemporary Arts. London, England. 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, MN.
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, CA.
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, England. 

Video Acts. P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York. Traveled to: Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England. 

Life, Death, Love, Hate, Pleasure, Pain. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL. 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, OH.
Garden of Violence. Historical Museum of Murten, Switzerland
Art Downtown. Wall Street Rising, New York, NY.
Permanent Collection Exhibition. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Shoot the Singer: Music on Video. Institute of Contemporary Art, University of 

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Hommage an Rudolf Schwarzkogler, 30 Jahre Galerie Krinzinger. Galerie Krinzinger, 

Vienna, Austria.
Five by Five: Contemporary Artists on Contemporary Art. Whitney Museum of 

American Art at Phillip Morris, New York, NY.
Self-portraits and portraits. WAKO Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan.
Last Spring in Paris. Patrick Seguin Gallery, Paris, France.
Whitney Biennial 2002. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. 

Conversations?—Recent acquisitions of the Van Abbemuseum. Academy of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece. 

Material World: From Lichtenstein to Viola, 25 Years of The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia. 

Mutiples Objets de Désir: Acquisitions 2001 du fonds national d’art Contemporain. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France.
Music in Me, Geselleschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, Germany.
Laid Bare, Bergan Kunsthall, Norway. 

2001

Almost Warm & Fuzzy, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, 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, NY. American Art from the Goetz Collection. Galerie Rudolfinum, Centre of Contemporary 

Art, Prague, Czech Republic.
Artists Take on Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts, MI.
Los Angeles Artists for the Benefit of New York City. Yamagata Studio, Los Angeles, 

CA.
A Room of Their Own: From Rothko to Rauschenberg, From Arbus to Gober. Museum 

of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA.
Desire Admire Acquire. Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA.
Eye Infection. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Painter Editions: Recent Projects. Patrick Painter, Santa Monica, CA.
Uniform Order and Disorder. Stazione Leopolda, Florence.
Painting at the Edge of the World. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.
Camera Works: The Photographic Impulse in Contemporary Art. Marianne Boesky 

Gallery, New York, NY.
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, NY.
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, England.
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, NY. 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, England. 

Trans>Editions. Chac Mool Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

2000

Let's Entertain. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Traveled to: Centre Georges 

Pompidou, Paris; Portland Art Musuem, Portland, OR; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL (through 2001). 

Apocalypse: Beauty and Horror in Contemporary Art. Royal Academy of Arts, London, England. 

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, NY.
Destroy All Monsters: Postmodern Multimedia and Musical Mutations (Mike Kelley, 

Jim Shaw and Cary Loren). Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA. Mike Kelley and Peter Fischli & David Weiss. Sammlung Goetz and Lenbachhaus, 

Munich, Germany.
Almost Warm & Fuzzy. Tacoma Art Museum, WA.
Arte Americana: Ultimo Decennio. Ravenna, Loggetta Lombardesca, Italy.
Art in the 80’s. P.S.1, New York.
American Photographs. Wako Works of Art, Tokyo.
There is Something You Should Know: Die EVN Sammlung im Belvedere. Austrian 

Galerie Belvedere, Vienna.
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, NY. Made in California. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA. 

1999

...on the sublime... Rooseum, Malmö, Sweden.
American Century. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
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, CA. Plain Air. Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY.
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, NY.
A.R.T. Press Portfolio. David Adamson Gallery, Washington D.C.
Drawn By. Metro Pictures, New York, NY.
Making It Real. Independent Curator’s International, New York. Traveled to: Aldrich 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; the Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; the Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville; the Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA; the Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. 

1998

Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979. Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA. Traveled to: MAK, Vienna; MAC 

Barcelona, Spain; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; 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, NY.
Real Stories. Marianne Boesky Gallery with Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY. Presumed Innocence. Anderson Gallery, School of Fine Arts, Virginia Commonwealth 

University, Richmond. Traveled to: Capc Musee d’art contemporain de 

Bordeaux, France (through 2000).
Wounds: Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art. Moderna 

Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Figurative Sculpture. Patrick Painter, Inc., Santa Monica, CA.
10 Years: Portikus Frankfurt. P.S.1, Institute for Art and Urban Resources Long Island 

City, NY.
L.A. on Paper 1. Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria. Crossings. Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria. 

1997

Gothic. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA.
Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A. 1960- 1997. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 

Humlebaek, Denmark. Traveled to: Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany; Castello di Rivoli, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy; Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA. 

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, Denmark). Athens School of Fine Arts, “The Factory,” Athens, 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

1995 Biennial Exhibition. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. 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, 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

1993 Biennial Exhibition. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. 

American Art of this Century. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Royal Academy of Art, London, England. 

Abject Art: Repulsion and Desire in American Art. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. 

The Uncanny, organized by Mike Kelley for Sonsbeek '93. Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem, Netherlands. 

1992

Helter Skelter L.A.: Art in the 1990s. Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA. Documenta IX. Kassel, Germany. 

Doubletake. Collective Memory and Current Art, Hayward Gallery, London, England. Allegories of Modernism- Contemporary Drawings. Museum of Modern Art, New York, 

NY.
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.
1991 Biennial Exhibition. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Metropolis. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany.
Carnegie International. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA. 

1989 1989 Biennial Exhibition. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation. Museum of Contemporary Art, 

Los Angeles, CA.
Prospect 89. Frankfurter Kunstverein, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany. 

1988 The BiNational: American Art of the Late 80's. Museum of Fine Arts and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA. Traveled to: Stadtische Kunsthalle, 

Kunstsammlung Nordrheinn-Westfalen and Kunstverein fur die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany. 

Aperto '88: La Biennale di Venezia. Venice, Italy. 

Graz 88. Grazer Kunstverein, Stadtmuseum Graz, Austria.
1987 1987 Biennial Exhbition. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. 

 

Avant-Garde in the Eighties. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA. 

LA: Hot and Cool: The Eighties. MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA. 1986 Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art, 1945-1986. Museum of 

Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
1985 1985 Biennial Exhibition. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. 

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, CA. 

 

Public Collections: 

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD.
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.
Capc Musée, Bordeaux, France.
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI.
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France.
Fundacion “la Caixa,” Madrid, Spain.
Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany.
Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.
Louisiana Museum, Humlebeck, Denmark
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.
Museum Abteilung Monchengladbach, Germany.
Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Museum für Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium.
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. 

Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark. Stedelijke Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands. Walker Art Center, Cincinnati, OH. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.