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Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley: We Are Ghosts

From April 4, 2018 — July 15, 2018

In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Advanced Media Studies, the BMA presents an exhibition of works by MacArthur Award-winner Mary Reid Kelley and her collaborator and husband Patrick Kelley. The exhibition includes two films featuring their signature black-and-white sets and costumes. This is Offal (2016) is inspired by Thomas Hood’s 1844 poem, The Bridge of Sighs, in which the narrator, a forensic pathologist, laments the suicide of a young woman whose body is pulled from the Thames. The Kelleys’ new film, In the Body of the Sturgeon, brings a feminist perspective to an exploration of life on a submarine stationed in the Pacific at the end of World War II, with the USS Torsk docked in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor inspiring the mise-en-scène. The exhibition also includes six light boxes featuring characters from both films and elements from the Kelleys’ sculptural sets.

This exhibition is curated by Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman in collaboration with the JHU Center for Advanced Media Studies.

Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley. Gaudy Night. 2017.

Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley. Gaudy Night. 2017. Lightbox. 35.43 x 80.16 in. (97.6 x 203.6 cm). Courtesy the artists, Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects, and Pilar Corrias Gallery