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Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art Receives $100,000 Matching Grant from the Mike Kelley Foundation

The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts has announced that the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit has been awarded a $100,000 matching grant, which will be distributed over a two-year period.

The funds will support the museum’s programming in late artist Mike Kelley’s public sculpture Mobile Homestead, 2006–13. The work is a full-scale replica of Kelley’s ranch-style childhood home in Westland, Michigan. The artist originally conceived the sculpture as a portable space that serves as a public work, a community art gallery, and a place for public programming for Artangel, a London-based organization that commissions and produces site-specific works. The long-term project, currently located on the museum’s campus, is hosting Carlos Rolón’s “Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories” until August 28. For this iteration, Rolón re-created the Chicago home he grew up in by fashioning the space as a pop-up nail salon like the one his mother ran in their house. The interior will feature vintage wallpaper, framed mirrors, and craft-based works.

In the fall, an exhibition showcasing objects from past political campaigns will be installed, and the homestead will serve as a gathering place during upcoming debates.

“MOCAD is honored to serve as a steward of this iconic public sculpture—Mike Kelley’s first public art project anywhere and the first major permanent installation of his work in his hometown,” museum director Elysia Borowy Reeder said.