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Boiler Room Lecture: Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley


Wednesday 13 December, 6:00-7.30pm
MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens
FREE /// No bookings required

Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA in partnership with MPavilion is pleased to present a special lecture by Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, coinciding with their participation in The humours (7 October – 16 December 2017) at Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA.

Mary Reid Kelley combines painting, performance and distinctive wordplay-rich poetry in graphically stylised black-and-white videos. Her videos playfully jumble historical periods such as the First World War and France’s Second Empire to trace the ways in which present concerns are rooted in the past. In particular, Reid Kelley presents her take on the clash between utopian ideologies and the realities of women’s lives in the struggle for liberation.

Exploring how comedy and absurdity can be used to reveal more serious concerns about race, work, gender and politics, The humours brings together six international and Australian artists in a challenging and comical exhibition. For The humours, Reid Kelley’s video The Thong of Dionysus (made in collaboration with her partner Patrick Kelley) takes us on an odyssey back to Ancient Greece.

Mary Reid Kelley recent solo exhibitions include Mary Reid Kelley, Mudam, Luxembourg, 2017; A marquee piece of sod, Kunsthalle Bremen, This Is offal, Playground Performance Festival, STUK, Leuven, 2016; Mary Reid Kelley: Priapus agonistes, Screen Space, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 2016; Hammer Projects: Mary Reid Kelley, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2015; The syphilis of Sisyphus, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, New York, 2015; and Mary Reid Kelley, Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna, 2014. Recent group exhibitions include Gray matters, Wexner Center for Arts, Columbus, Ohio, 2017; Commercial break, Public Art Fund, New York, 2017; The arcades: contemporary art and Walter Benjamin, Jewish Museum, New York, 2017; Hey you! Who me?,  Edgewood Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, 2016; The beast and the sovereign, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart,    2015; and Code act, Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul, 2014.

Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley’s most recent film, This Is offal 2016 won the 18th Baloise Prize at Art Basel in 2016. Mary Reid Kelley is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. She is represented by Fredericks and Freiser, New York; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; Pilar Corrias, London; and Arratia Beer, Berlin.

Image: Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, The Thong of Dionysus 2015. HD video (still). Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London
The Boiler Room Lecture Series is proudly supported by The Saturday Paper.


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