Mobile Homestead

Mobile Homestead in front of the abandoned Detroit Central Train Station

Mobile Homestead in front of the abandoned Detroit Central Train Station, 2010
Photograph by Corine Vermuelen, Courtesy of MOCAD

Mobile Homestead, the final project by the late Mike Kelley, will launch at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).


6:30 pm: Opening Ceremony and Remarks

7-10 pm: Screening of Mobile Homestead videos in the Museum gallery

10pm – 12 midnight: Live music by The Früt and special guests
$6 admission (free for MOCAD members)

SUNDAY 12 MAY 2013

12 noon – 4 pm Community Social: Stop by Mobile Homestead for some barbecue, ice cream, radio theater and more

4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-6622

About Mobile Homestead:

Planned and designed by Kelley prior to his death in January 2012, Mobile Homestead was developed by the London-based arts organization Artangel with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and its completion has been overseen by Mike Kelley’s studio and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

Mobile Homestead offers different uses for different communities. The first stage of the project – a mobile home designed to travel around the city and dispense various kinds of socially useful services – was ‘unveiled’ in the fall of 2010. Its maiden voyage from downtown Detroit to the ‘mother ship,’ the original Kelley home in suburban Detroit, was part of Kelley’s final video work, filmed in 2010 and completed just before his death. The trilogy of videos premiered at the Whitney Biennial in New York on May 15, 2012, in dedication to Kelley’s memory and will be on view at MOCAD from May 11 through July 31, 2013, alongside a display of documentation materials related to the project.

The second and final phase of Mobile Homestead is based on the construction of a full-sized replica of Kelley’s childhood home. Kelley envisioned the ground floor of the “homestead” functioning as a “Community Gallery,” an open space for diverse community activities, situated above a labyrinthine basement zone to accommodate more covert activities: “private rites of an aesthetic nature,” as described by the artist. Mindful of Kelley’s ideas, MOCAD’s Department of Education and Public Engagement will work with different local groups on the ground floor of the “homestead’, using the rooms for various community activities and displays.

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