Support the Arts with Opening Ceremony x Mike Kelley Foundation


Image: Opening Ceremony.

When the late artist Mike Kelley passed away two years ago, he left behind a catalogue of social-skewing, pop-art drawings, sculptures, and videos that used whimsy and the grandiose to make comments on mass media and youthful rebellion. If you’re familiar with Paul McCarthy or MoMA PS1 then surely you’ve seen (or at least gawked at) the dramatically culture-focus gravity of Kelley’s work. But perhaps as equally long-lasting as his artistic contributes to society are his anthropologic. In 2007 he established the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts to support activities and projects of merit by artists, curators, writers, art students, and arts organizations in financial need.

Today, continuing in Kelley’s vision, the organization has teamed up with Opening Ceremony on a limited-edition capsule collection to benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the site of Kelley’s current West Coast retrospective. A mix of tee-shirts and tote bags, the collaboration features rare illustrations taken from the artist’s long-winding archive, referencing the themes—American class relations, sexuality, Repressed Memory Syndrome, transcendence and post-punk politics—Kelley pondered on in his work.

The full collection is available exclusively at Opening Ceremony and MOCA, and Mike Kelley at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is on view until July 28, 2014.