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[October 30 2013] : art

Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland (excerpt)

Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland (excerpt) by Mike Kelley

To coincide with a major survey of Mike Kelley’s work at MoMA PS1 in New York this autumn, Artangel and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts are pleased to announce two weeks of screenings in independent cinemas across London this November – from 2nd – 18th. In 2011, artist Mike Kelley created his public art project. A full-scale replica of the 1950s suburban home in which he grew up was relocated to Detroit city centre in a reversal of the ‘white flight’ which followed the uprisings known as the ’12th Street riot’ in 1967. Commissioned and produced by Artangel, three videos chart this voyage, Mike Kelley, Mobile Homestead Videos, 2010-12. This, the first, follows the replica homestead as it heads west along Michigan Avenue from downtown Detroit towards Westland, the location of the original homestead. Through interviews we meet residents from the wealthy area of Dearborn, the impoverished black neighbourhoods of Inkster and the white working-class outskirts of Wayne and Westland.

Excerpt from Mike Kelley’s “Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland” (2010–2011). Duration of full video: 76:15 min

Find out more about the work here: artangel.org.uk/projects/2013/mobile_homestead

The videos here:


And screenings in London this November here: artangel.org.uk/projects/2013/mobile_homestead/london_video_screenings

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