Michigan’s Broad Art Museum Announces Mike Kelley Tribute Exhibition

Mike Kelley tribute exhibition coming to Broad Art Museum at Michigan State UniveristyFollowing the example of Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the under-construction Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University in East Lansing announced today that it will open an exhibition of works by Detroit native Mike Kelley in tribute to the recently deceased artist at one of the university’s galleries.

Mike Kelley: Homage” will open at MSU’s Kresge Art Center on March 1 and remain on view through March 11. It will include three of Kelley’s video works: “The Banana Man” (1983), “Superman Recites Selections from ‘The Bell Jar’ and Other Works by Sylvia Plath” (1999), and “Day Is Done” (2005-2006).

“Mike Kelley was one of the most provocative and influential artists of our time,” exhibition curator and Broad/MSU’s founding director Michael Rush said in a press release. “Because of his Michigan roots, we thought it fitting to pay tribute to him here at Michigan State University.”

Meanwhile video documentation of the unfinished project that Kelley was working on at the time of his death is on view in the 2012 Whitney Biennial.

— Benjamin Sutton