Pioneering and influential feminist artist Mary Kelly (American b. 1941, lives Los Angeles, CA) is best known for her 1970s conceptual art installation Post-Partum Document. But Mary Kelly: To Witness The Future will be the first exhibition to specifically explore her long engagement with activist movements. On view will be works made from 2005 to the present, including lint “paintings,” light box photographs, video art, and a live “happening.” The works all reference women’s responses to key political issues in the United States and Europe starting in the 1960s and 1970s; these issues have taken on new resonance in light of current political shifts, which may influence the course of our future.
The Condition of Being Addressable is a group exhibition that brings together an international and intergenerational roster of 25 artists whose work constitutes an ongoing exploration of bodies in exposure and the ever-evolving performance of language. The participating artists situate the body as a site of address—one to name, to call, to speak toward, to challenge, to redress—and question how the exchange between viewer and subject impacts the social and physical movements of bodies and how they are seen in the world. Further, in their respective practices, each artist interrogates power relations as experienced through the dynamics of race, gender, and sexuality, the limits of spoken and written language to articulate these experiences, and the agency of constructing a self-image.
Mary Kelly, artist and Judge Widney Professor in the Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California, in conversation with Shelley Langdale, curator and head of modern prints and drawings, National Gallery of Art
Mary Kelly’s site-specific project, curated by Matthew Schum for the Desert X Biennial, returns to the Cold War intervention of Women Strike for Peace, a group formed in 1961 to protest against nuclear weapons testing in the Mojave Desert.
In conjunction with the Palm Springs Art Museum, Desert X presents Desert, Why?, a weekend of programming that highlights both Desert X 2019 and Unsettled at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
BBC Four presents "Rebel Women: The Great Art Fight Back," broadcasting tonight at 10:30 pm (BST). Mary Kelly is one of fourteen artists interviewed, along with Carolee Schneemann, Alison Gingeras and Laurie Simmons, to tell the story of revolutionary women artists fighting for liberation in the late 1960s.
Tea & coffee and collection tour: Thursday, February 8 from 3-5 pm
The New Hall Art Collection presents an exhibition detailing Mary Kelly's time in Cambridge as artist in residence with Kettle's Yard. Kelly's work Extase, part of the series Interim, was the catalyst for the New Hall Art Collection, now the largest collection of modern and contemporary art by women in Europe.
Mitchell-Innes & Nash congratulates Mary Kelly on the acquisition of her archive by the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. The archive not only includes research, documentation and ephemera related to works created between 1968 and 2014 but also Kelly’s collections of Marxist, feminist, and political journals, pamphlets and flyers collected during her time in London and Beirut. Notable projects include Post-Partum Document (1973-79), Interim (1984-89) and Gloria Patri (1992). All documentation will be catalogued and made available to the public by the Institute.
A roundtable discussion considering how memory shapes precedents for intersectional feminism in the present with Mary Kelly, Emily Apter, Sonia Louise Davis, Renee Green, Trista Mallory and Aliza Shvarts, moderated by Courtney Willis Blair in conjunction with the exhibition Mary Kelly: The Practical Past.
General Idea, Mary Kelly and Martha Rosler are included in the Whitney Museum's An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017.
The conceptual art movement of the 1960s and 1970s continues to exert a strong influence on contemporary art the world over. Art historians Terry Smith and Robert Bailey and artist Mary Kelly, themselves either participants in the movement or scholars now revisiting it, discuss conceptual art’s turn to language within a visual arts context, how conceptual art’s embrace of written and spoken discourse gave art new intellectual powers, and the political, psychological, and philosophical consequences that issue from these transformations.
To mark the publication of October Files: Mary Kelly, a new anthology of essays and interviews that span the artist’s career, Kelly discusses her work with the critic and theorist Rosalyn Deutsche.
MIT Press' recent publication of October Files explores Mary Kelly's prolific artistic career, addressing such themes as labor, war, trauma, and the politics of care, while emphasizing the artist’s sustained engagement with histories of feminism and generations of feminists.
Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to annouce representation of LA-based artist Mary Kelly.