RETURN OF THE REPRESSED: DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, 1973-1977
November 19, 2011 — January 14, 2012
CURATED BY MIKE KELLEY AND DAN NADEL
PRISM is pleased to present the first retrospective exhibition of artwork created by the original members of Destroy All Monsters, the Ann Arbor-based performance/music/art group comprised of Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara and Jim Shaw. Destroy All Monsters was unique for having produced a distinct body of work while documenting itself in the act of its own creation. The themes of the work span grotesque figuration, ecstatic pop imagism, apocalyptic play-acting, gothic dreamscapes, and full-on horror. On view will be drawings, prints and photographs by Kelley; paintings, drawings and unique photocopy prints by Jim Shaw; photographs and collages by Cary Loren; works on paper by Niagara; and a more recent mural memorializing the group's time and place. Much of this work is being exhibited for the first time; Kelley, Niagara, and Loren are producing new print editions for the occasion.
Accompanying the exhibition is a 312-page catalogue co-published with PictureBox and edited by Mike Kelley and Dan Nadel, with an essay by Nicole Rudick.
PRISM is a Participating Gallery of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.
Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.