Day Is Done

Gagosian Gallery

New York, New York                    

November 11 – December 17, 2005

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Mike Kelley's Day is Done

Mike Kelley’s burlesque masterpiece, Day Is Done, was conceived as three hundred and sixty-five separate video works, one for every day of the year. Called Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstructions, nubers 2 to 32 were staged as a complex and spectacular mixed-media installation—which Kelley scripted, scored, shot and sculpted—at Gagosian Gallery, New York, in 2005.

Each video chapter imaginatively reconstructs scenes from photographs of “extracurricular activities” that Kelley found in high school yearbooks. Over many years he collected hundreds of such images and grouped them into categories referring to common forms of folk entertainment: plays, thematic costume days, holiday festivities, religious spectacles, hazing rituals, and so on. Though not a standard narrative, Day Is Done features recurring characters and some semblance of narrative flow in a provocative look at the formative effects of school on the adolescent psyche.