Monday, April 22, 2013

Say Something Good About Detroit: Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead

Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead Opens May 11

Mobile Homestead is a permanent art work by late artist Mike Kelley located on the grounds of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. It's both a public sculpture and a private, personal architecture – based on the artist's childhood home on Palmer Road in Westland. Various events will take place inside the structure. When an attempt by the artist to buy the actual home was refused, Mike Kelley built this one.

The sculpture, which almost exactly replicates the vernacular architecture of working class neighborhoods in the American Midwest, will include a community center on the ground floor. The front porch of the home is a mobile unit which detaches from the permanent structure and travels around the city performing various kinds of community services.

Mobile Homestead videos by Mike Kelley will be presented in the Museum Galleries through July 28, 2013.

OPENING WEEKEND
Saturday, May 11
6:30PM
Opening Ceremony and Remarks

7-10PM
Mobile Homestead and MOCAD Galleries open for viewing.

10PM-12 MIDNIGHT
Live music by The Früt
$6 admission (free for MOCAD members)

Sunday, May 12
NOON-4PM
Stop by Mobile Homestead for some barbeque, radio theater, an ice cream social and more, organized by MOCAD's Education and Public Engagement curators. Free admission.

Mobile Homestead is commissioned by Artangel in association with MOCAD, LUMA Foundation and Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts with the generous support of the Artangel International Circle. Community programs in Mobile Homestead are supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

3 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - Oh, that's a fascinating idea for a work of art! I'm glad you shared it with us.

Richard R. said...

I guess if someone makes it and calls it Art, then it's...art. I'm afraid I don't see anything artistic about it.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I have come to the conclusion that art is in the eye of the beholder. Once photography came along, art changed. Some of it I get and other art, I don't.
I think in this piece Kelley is capturing a time and place in three- dimension. Perhaps it generates discussion and remembrance and that's important too. Art is about truth as well as beauty although that is just my humble opinion.