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Mike Kelley and Michael Smith, A Voyage of Growth and Discovery, 2009, production still.

Pasadena

Mike Kelley and Michael Smith

West of Rome Public Art at the Farley Building
Various Locations
May 26 - August 26

SculptureCenter

September 13 - November 30

Curated by Emi Fontana

Both Mike Kelley and Michael Smith are known for works in performance and video art, and both consistently return to the dark substrata of American popular culture for aesthetico-conceptual inspirational dread. This show, organized by SculptureCenter together with West of Rome Public Art in Los Angeles, features a new collaborative installation by Kelley and Smith, A Voyage of Growth and Discovery, 2009. In addition to an eighteen-foot-high baby made from junk, and a playground, the installation features a four-channel video that stars Smith’s character Baby Ikki visiting the Burning Man festival—the perfect place for a mute, ambiguously sexed toddler.