Mary Kelly, Seemed Right, 2005, laser cut cast acrylic, linear strip lighting, wood support; 3 units, 6 feet overall. Installation view, Postmasters Gallery.

Mary Kelly - Professor, Interdisciplinary Studio

Kelly is known for her project-based work as well as her theoretical writing informed by psychoanalysis and feminism. Since the 1970s she has addressed questions of sexuality, identity and memory in the form of large-scale narrative installations such as Post-Partum Document (1973-79), Interim (1984-89), The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi (2001), and Love Songs (2005-07).

Her solo exhibitions include retrospectives at Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; as well as major surveys at Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte, Mexico City; the Santa Monica Museum of Art; the Generali Foundation, Vienna; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Power Plant, Toronto; the Vancouver Art Gallery; Konstmuseet Malmö; the Helsinki City Art Museum; The Institute of Contemporary Art, London; and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.

Selected group exhibitions include Take It or Leave It, Hammer Museum Los Angeles (2014); Ends of the Earth, MOCA Los Angeles and Kunsthaus, Munich (2012); This Will Have Been, MCA Chicago, Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2012); 2008 Biennale of Sydney, Gallery of New South Wales; Documenta 12, Kassel; WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Academy, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp; Occupying Space, Haus der Kunst, Munich; NowHere, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Global Conceptualism, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis and Queens Museum of Art, New York; the 1991 Biennial and the 2004 Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art; 4th Biennial of Sydney, Gallery of New South Wales; Un Certain Art Anglais, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; La Mémoire, Académie de France à Rome; Nude/Body/Action, Tate Modern, London; and The American Century 19502000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Kelly was Visiting Artist and Fellow of New Hall College, Cambridge University, 1985-86. She has been a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship, 1989, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton, 2004, and the Anonymous Was a Woman Award, 2013.

She received a Master of Arts from Pius XII Institute, Florence, Italy, 1964 and Postgraduate Diploma from St. Martin's School of Art, London, 1970. From 1989 to 1996, she was Director of Studios at the Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her published works include Imaging Desire (1996); Post-Partum Document (1998); Rereading Post-Partum Document (1999) and Dialogue (2011).


E-mail: mkelly1@ucla.edu