It's the largest exhibition of Kelley's work-to-date, and the museum says: "Regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, Mike Kelley (1954-2012) produced a body of deeply innovative work mining American popular culture and both modernist and alternative traditions—which he set in relation to relentless self- and social examinations, both dark and delirious. Bringing together over 200 works, from early pieces made during the 1970s through 2012, the exhibition occupies the entire museum."
Kelley, an LA-based artist, killed himself last year, and has been called a "genius" for his wide range of work, from drawing to sculpture to performance art. A curator friend Emi Fontana told the LA Times, "He had a deep discomfort in seeing what the art world is now. He didn't like the fact that everything has become so corporate. He said to me: 'If I were to start now, I would never become a visual artist.' He really wanted to be an important artist, and he worked all of his life for that. He found himself at the top of his game and then found that the world he was at the top of was a world that he didn't like. That's intense existentially."
NY Times art critic Holland Cotter said of the exhibit, "Plainly put, the Mike Kelley retrospective...knocks everything else in New York this fall right out of the ring. It’s immense, filling 40,000 square feet of gallery space, including a sub-basement boiler room. And it’s that extremely rare thing, a huge show that should be huge. Kelley earned this blowout; his work sustains it."
MoMA PS1 is at 22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave. in Long Island City (there's good service on the 7!). It's open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. today.