Tag Archives: Mike Kelley—Kandors 1999–2011


“Toward the end of his career, Mike Kelley produced works that increasingly invoked elaborate webs of references and associations. His last two videos, VICE ANGLAIS and MADE IN ENGLAND, are no exception. Join us this week for a screening of these two works at Hauser & Wirth, when John Miller —the artist, musician, and author of Mike Kelley: Educational Complex—will lead a introduction and discussion and explore some of the allusions Kelley packed into these videos. He will situate them in the decadent/romantic literary tradition, examine their basis in the narrative of Dante Gabriel Rosetti, and consider the impact of the director Ken Russell on the stylization of Kelley’s late work.”*


MIKE KELLEY—VICE ANGLAIS and MADE IN ENGLAND, Thursday, December 14, at 7 pm.

MIKE KELLEY—KANDORS, through January 21.

HAUSER & WIRTH LOS ANGELES, 901 East 3rd Street, downtown Los Angeles.



Mike Kelley, Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #36 (Vice Anglais), 2011.

Art © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photograph by Jennie Warren.



Mike Kelley’s last two major projects were his Kandors sculpture series, and the related Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction video series, parts of which revealed glimpses inside Krypton’s miniaturized capital city.

The remarkable new show at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, MIKE KELLEY—KANDORS 1999–2011, is, to date, the most complete view of Kandors exhibited in the United States. And this weekend, the gallery will screen Kelley’s DAY IS DONE—EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY PROJECTIVE RECONSTRUCTIONS #2–#32 (2005/2006), featuring original music by Kelley and Scott Benzel, and choreography by Kate Foley.


MIKE KELLEY—DAY IS DONE, Saturday, October 28, at 7 pm.

MIKE KELLEY—KANDORS 1999–2011, through January 21, 2018.

HAUSER & WIRTH, 901 East 3rd Street, downtown Los Angeles.


From top: Mike Kelley, Kandors, exhibition view; Kelley, production still from Day Is Done (2005/2006). Image credits: Hauser & Wirth, and © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.