As part of the Mike Kelley retrospective currently on view at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the late artist’s Mobile Homestead, a public art project and community center modeled after Kelley’s childhood home in the Detroit suburb of Westland, will go on view in L.A.
Mobile Homestead comes in two parts–the first is a permanent installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit that acts as a community gallery and the second is a “removable white clapboard façade to be dispatched to host social services and community initiatives,” which traveled around Detroit in 2011. (Video documentation of these travels was Kelley’s final work before killing himself in 2012; the video was shown at the 2012 Whitney Biennial.) The mobile section arrives in L.A. on May 24 for the Skid Row parade by the Los Angeles Poverty Department. It will be driven across country by truck, according to a MOCA spokesperson.
In a statement, Philippe Vergne, MOCA’s director, said, “With Mike Kelley’s deep connections to Los Angeles and to MOCA, we are excited to welcome Mobile Homestead to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA for its first presentation outside of Detroit. Knowing how aware Mike Kelley was of the political, historical and social issues that articulate and define our time, we felt that it was only true to his vision to bring Mobile Homestead to the city he cared for, to Los Angeles.”