SculptureCenter, NY and West of Rome, LA are pleased to present Mike Kelley and Michael Smith’s: A Voyage of Growth and Discovery, a collaborative video, sculpture, and sound installation. The exhibition will include a six-channel video featuring Michael Smith’s character Baby IKKI filmed at a festival in the Black Rock desert in 2008. Related sculptures fill the 3000 square foot space surrounding a 30-foot tall junk sculpture of Baby IKKI.

The installation features music from “Dance Beats for Baby”, a new CD of music related to “A Voyage of Growth and Discovery” produced by Mike Kelley, with vocals by Baby IKKI. The project, a collaboration between the two artists who have been friends for twenty-five years, will be presented in both of their home cities. It premieres at SculptureCenter in NY and travels to Los Angeles where it will be presented by West of Rome in Spring 2010.

Camp Kid Friendly
Sunday, November 8, 5pm

Malcolm Stuart’s hoop dance troupe, Color Wheel, performs with Baby IKKI, within Mike Kelley and Michael Smith’s video installation. This performance is presented in conjunction with Performa 09. A Voyage of Growth and Discovery is co-produced by SculptureCenter and West of Rome. The installation will be presented in Los Angeles by West of Rome in Spring 2010. To read more, click here to view the full press release

Grand Openings

Grand Openings presents an installation of posters and printed matter in Gallery B. Founded in 2005 by Ei Arakawa, Jutta Koether, Jay Sanders, Emily Sundblad, and Stefan Tcherepnin, Grand Openings is a cooperation of artists working in different disciplines uniting performance, acting, singing, painting and critique in a mise-en-scène of overlapping actions, loosely defined choreography and chaotic structures with multiple identities and dissonant experiences.

New In Practice Projects

In Practice Fall 2009 will present six projects by New York based artists: Jason Kraus, Meredith Nickie, Marlo Pascual, Xaviera Simmons, Marianne Vitale, and Erik Wysocan. SculptureCenter’s In Practice project series supports the creation and presentation of innovative work by emerging artists and reflects diverse approaches to contemporary sculpture.


About SculptureCenter

Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. SculptureCenter commissions new work and presents exhibits by emerging and established, national and international artists. In 2001, SculptureCenter purchased a former trolley repair shop in Long Island City, Queens. This facility, designed by artist/designer Maya Lin, includes 6,000 square feet of interior exhibition space, offices, and outdoor exhibition space.