The Judson Church Horse Dance





A joyous rag-waving parade…exhilarating.
                    Linda Yablonsky, New York Times

I want to create a grand public ritual, designed specifically for, and mimicking 'victim culture,' yet unrepressed and ridiculous in nature.
                    Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley's The Judson Church Horse Dance – selections from Mike Kelley's Day Is Done and The Offer (Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #33) – is a staged performance with music that was presented at the Judson Memorial Church, New York City, in 2009. This is the complete recording of that event which includes The Judson Church Horse Dance, The Horse Dance of the False Virgin, and live performances of original instrumental soundtrack music from Kelley's previous video Day Is Done. The event was also the premiere of The Offer (Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #33), a composition for 12 horns and vocalist. Music is composed by Mike Kelley and Scott Benzel. Choreography is by Kate Foley and Mike Kelley.

Mike Kelley (1954-2012), internationally acclaimed for work in drawing, painting, performance, photography and video, installation and music, was born in Detroit and lived and worked in Los Angeles. Kelley received the Wolfgang Hahn Prize (2006), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2003), Distinguished Alumnus Awards from The California Institute of the Arts and the University of Michigan School of Art and Design as well as the Skowhegan Medal in Mixed Media. Kelley's work has been the subject of major museum exhibitions at WIELS Centre d'Art Contemporain, Brussels (2008); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2008); Tate Liverpool, England (2004); as well as The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museu d'Art Contemporain de Barcelona, Spain; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; and the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Major recent publications are: Mike Kelley: Educational Complex Onwards 1995-2008 (2008, WIELS Centre d'Art Contemporain, Brussels), Day is Done (2007, Gagosian Gallery, New York), and Mike Kelley: The Uncanny (2004, Tate Liverpool, England). A traveling retrospective Mike Kelley is on view at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until April 1, 2013 with subsequent venues at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; MoMA PS1, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.


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