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January, 2020

We are thrilled to launch a new Foundation website that can better reflect Mike Kelley’s dynamic work and legacy and highlight the Foundation’s activities. As an artist endowed foundation, formed by Kelley in 2007, our work includes grantmaking, stewardship, and educational initiatives to foster a greater understanding of Kelley’s life and creative achievements. We are honored to do this important work.  

Since 2015 the Foundation has expanded upon Kelley’s philanthropy, launching the Artist Project Grants initiative which provides support to collaborations between artists and LA County arts organizations for innovative and risk taking projects. Now in its fifth cycle, this program has supported thirty-six projects with over $1.4 M in grants. Recent 2019 grantee projects included Todd Gray: Euclidean Gris Gris at Pomona College Museum of Art and Jimena Sarno: Score for the Near Future at 18th Street Arts Center. See our Grants page for a listing of current and past awardees and our News section for current and upcoming events and announcements.

In 2019 we were pleased to participate in exhibitions nationally and internationally with loans of artworks from our collection featured in the following shows: Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, San Antonio Art Museum, and the Addison Gallery of American Art; Eldorado, at Lille3000, France;  and Art and Conspiracy, at The Metropolitan Museum. Pushing and pulling, pulling and pushing, at 500 Capp Street Foundation and Mike Kelley/David Ireland: Acts and Sites, at Wayne State University's Elaine L. Jacob Gallery both examined connections between the work of David Ireland and Mike Kelley. Find out more about the Foundation's art collection here.

Mike Kelley: Timeless Painting opened at Hauser & Wirth, New York, in November 2019 and looks at Kelley's unique approach to painting.  The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue produced by Hauser & Wirth Publishers in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts that includes images of the complete series of works from which the exhibition draws, as well as texts by visual artists responding to Kelley’s work and an introduction by curator Jenelle Porter. Contributors include: Edgar Arceneaux with Kurt Forman, Carroll Dunham, Daniel Guzmán, Richard Hawkins, Jay Heikes, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Mary Reid Kelley, Laurie Simmons, and Christina Quarles.

Kelley’s work is enjoying increasing visibility here and abroad with key pieces in collection shows at MOCA Los Angeles and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and others. Find current and upcoming show listings in On View.

As 2020 comes into focus, we will be sharing more news and celebrating Mike Kelley. We invite you to re-visit our website often; to follow us on social media @Mike_Kelley_Foundation on Instagram; and to sign up for our occasional newsletter and announcements in the footer below. For questions regarding the Foundation or Mike Kelley's work, please visit our FAQs.

— Mary Clare Stevens, Executive Director