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
I’ve been writing for The Current for almost 10 years now…, which is crazy to think about. But I’ve known musician Jeffrey Freer for longer than that, from previous bands as well as some of his solo material. He was an Ypsilanti and an Ann Arbor regular for years, but moved away for a spell.
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