New Media at the UMMA

. May 24, 2012.

The University of Michigan Museum of Art is opening its New Media Gallery with an exciting exhibition by U of M alum, Mike Kelley. The acclaimed artist, now out of LA, is bringing his much hyped Day is Done exhibition to A2. Day is Done is apart of a larger body of work-in-progress called Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstructions. Kelley uses a series of found photographs from high school yearbooks to small town newspapers depicting modern American rituals such as Halloween, dress-up days at work or school and other displays of pageantry or “performance” like school commencements. Kelley then de-contextualizes the photos with films and music to create a sort of avant-garde anthropological exploration of popular culture. For a closer look behind the artist and the Day is Done exhibit check out the fascinating interview with Mike Kelley for PBS’s Art21 series online at www.pbs.org/art21/artists/kelley. The exhibit runs from Saturday, August 27 through December 31. The University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State St., Ann Arbor. 734-764-0395. www.umma.umich.edu