MOCAD Receives $150K Rauschenberg Foundation Grant for Mike Kelley’s “Homestead”

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) announced this afternoon that it had received a $150,000 grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to support the community and collaborative programming accompanying one of Mike Kelley‘s final projects, “Mobile Homestead,” the video component of which premiered at this year’s Whitney Biennial, and the final stage of which — a full-scale replica of the artist’s childhood home in suburban Detroit — will be operated by MOCAD when it opens next year.

“As a sculpture and as a platform, ‘Mobile Homestead’ fits right into the Museum’s vision to develop an education and public engagement program that is truly progressive, which foregrounds artist-led initiatives and privileges community involvement,” MOCAD deputy director Rebecca Mazzei said in a press release.

Construction on the house — a site and plans for which Kelley signed off on in late 2011 — is due to be completed at the beginning of next year, with the launch of associated programming scheduled for May 2013. It will house MOCAD’s Department of Education and Public Engagement.

“These interactive works such as ‘pirate radio station’, ‘home of garage rock bands’, ‘community bike repair shop’ will bring in audiences of all kinds and test the ideas of how community spaces are used, how art is integrated and how collaboration occurs,” Rauschenberg Foundation executive director Christy MacLear said in a statement. “We loved the level of experimentation to bring this to life.”

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.)