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Mary Kelly at Georgetown University's De La Cruz Art Gallery

Mary Kelly at Georgetown University's De La Cruz Art Gallery

Mary Kelly: To Witness the Future

September 22 - December 11, 2022

Pioneering and influential feminist artist Mary Kelly 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.

Mary Kelly & Tiona Nekkia McClodden at Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Mary Kelly & Tiona Nekkia McClodden at Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The Condition of Being Addressable

June 18 - September 4, 2022

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.

Elson Lecture 2020: Mary Kelly

Elson Lecture 2020: Mary Kelly

National Gallery of Art

January 12, 2021

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 and Justine Kurland at NMSU Art Museum

Mary Kelly and Justine Kurland at NMSU Art Museum

Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020

February 28 – May 28, 2020

Mary Kelly and Justine Kurland are included in the group show, Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020, at University Art Museum, New Mexico State University. 

Mary Kelly and Martha Rosler at MoMA PS1

Mary Kelly and Martha Rosler at MoMA PS1

Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991-2011

November 3, 2019 – March 1, 2020

Mary Kelly and Martha Rosler are both included in the group exhibition Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991-2011 at MoMA PS1.

Mary Kelly at the Weatherspoon Art Museum

Mary Kelly at the Weatherspoon Art Museum

Mary Kelly: Selected Works

September 28 – December 8, 2019

Mary Kelly is the subject of an upcoming solo exhibition at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC. 

Mary Kelly in Desert X

Mary Kelly in Desert X

Peace is the Only Shelter

February 9 – April, 2019

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.  

Mary Kelly in conversation with Matthew Schum & Amanda Hunt

Mary Kelly in conversation with Matthew Schum & Amanda Hunt

Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum

Friday, March 1 at 4 pm

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. 

Mary Kelly on BBC Four

Mary Kelly on BBC Four

Rebel Women: The Great Art Fight Back

June 18, 2018

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.

Mary Kelly at the New Hall Art Collection at the University of Cambridge

Mary Kelly at the New Hall Art Collection at the University of Cambridge

Nucleus: Mary Kelly’s Extase and the birth of a women’s art collection

February 7 – May 28, 2018

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. 

Getty Research Institute Acquires Archive of Mary Kelly

Getty Research Institute Acquires Archive of Mary Kelly

December 13, 2017

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. 

Feminism's Practical Past

Feminism's Practical Past

Roundtable discussion with Mary Kelly

November 10, 2017

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 at the Whitney Museum of American Art
Exhibition | New York

General Idea, Mary Kelly and Martha Rosler at the Whitney Museum of American Art

An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017

August 18, 2017 -

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 Consequence of Conceptual Art: Terry Smith and Mary Kelly in Conversation with Robert Bailey

The Consequence of Conceptual Art: Terry Smith and Mary Kelly in Conversation with Robert Bailey

The Graduate Center CUNY

October 20, 2017 6:30 pm

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.

Mary Kelly at the Katonah Museum of Art

Mary Kelly at the Katonah Museum of Art

Picturing Love: Photography’s Pursuit of Intimacy

March 19 - June 25, 2017

Mary Kelly is included in the Katonah Museum of Art's exhibition, Picturing Love: Photgraphy's Pursuit of Intimacy

Mary Kelly in Conversation with Eve Meltzer
Artist Talk | Sweden

Mary Kelly in Conversation with Eve Meltzer

Malmö Konsthall

June 4, 2017

Lund University awards honorary doctorate to Mary Kelly

Lund University awards honorary doctorate to Mary Kelly

Sweden

June 2, 2017

Artist Mary Kelly will receive an honorary doctorate degree from the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts at Lund University in Sweden at a doctorate conferment ceremony in May.

Jay DeFeo, Mary Kelly & Martha Rosler at the Whitney
Exhibition | New York

Jay DeFeo, Mary Kelly & Martha Rosler at the Whitney

Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection

April 27, 2016 - February 12, 2017

Mary Kelly in Conversation with Rosalyn Deutsche

Mary Kelly in Conversation with Rosalyn Deutsche

The Whitney Museum of American Art

December 1, 2016

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. 

Publication of October Files: Mary Kelly
Publication

Publication of October Files: Mary Kelly

MIT Press, Edited by Mignon Nixon

September 2016

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 Represents Mary Kelly
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Mitchell-Innes & Nash Represents Mary Kelly

March 2016

Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to annouce representation of LA-based artist Mary Kelly.