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MOCA Tribute to the Late Artist Mike Kelley Opens Saturday

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A tribute to the late artist Mike Kelley will be opening up at MOCA Grand Avenue this Saturday.

The late artist took his own life last month, while he was at his home in South Pasadena. Now MOCA will be offering "A Tribute to Mike Kelley" in an exhibition that features several works from Kelley in its permanent collection, as well as works that Kelley had donated to the museum.

Here's MOCA's description of what will be on display at its exhibition that lasts through April 2:

Included will be eight parts of Kelley’s 1982-83 performance and installation Monkey Island, a sexually charged adolescent cosmology represented by insects and monkeys, gifted in 1986 by the El Paso Natural Gas Company Fund for California Art, as well as four related works donated by Lannan Foundation in 1997; the sculptural installation Silver Ball (1994), given as a partial and promised gift by Blake Byrne in 2004; Two and Three Dimensions (1994); and Empathy Displacement: Humanoid Morphology (2nd and 3rd Remove) #3 and #7 (1990), gifted in 2007-08 by Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard.
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The works that Kelley donated to the museum include works by artists John Altoon, Cody Choi, Douglas Huebler, William Leavitt, Marnie Weber and Johanna Went.

New to Kelley's work? After viewing Kelley's exhibition "Exploded Fortress of Solitude" at the Gagosian gallery in London this fall, Guardian art critic Adrian Searle wrote, "Kelley is one of art's conflaters, of high art and low comedy, popular and unpopular culture, theory and idiocy, bad taste and good ideas." Here's a segment PBS' "Art 21" did on Kelley's work:

Watch Memory on PBS. See more from ART:21.