Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts Announces 2017 Artist Project Grants

Installation view of Charlemagne Palestine's "GesammttkkunnsttMeshuggahhLaandtttt" at the Kunsthalle Wien, 2015.MAXIMILIAN PRAMATAROV

Installation view of Charlemagne Palestine’s “GesammttkkunnsttMeshuggahhLaandtttt” at the Kunsthalle Wien, 2015.


The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts has announced its 2017 Artist Project Grants, with a focus on projects at nonprofit institutions and organization in Los Angeles. This year’s batch includes a Charlemagne Palestine show at Human Resources/356 S. Mission Rd. and an exhibition about artist activism on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border at the Vincent Price Art Museum.

This is the second group of grantees the foundation has selected. The grants, which in total amount to $319,000, are designated to be used to fund exhibitions and events. Charles Gaines, Gene Moreno, Frances Stark, Astria Suparak, and Jan Tumlir worked together to select the grantees.

This year’s grantees are:

  • Human Resources/356 S. Mission Rd., for “GesammttkkunnsttMeshuggahhLaandtttt,” a series of performances and an exhibition by Charlemagne Palestine ($40,000)
  • The Industry, for Galileo, a play by Yuval Sharon ($40,000)
  • La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, for “L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective,” an exhibition about Chicano murals around Los Angeles ($40,000)
  • REDCAT, for “Chalk Circles,” an exhibition about artists working with “acting methodologies” ($40,000)
  • The Society for the Activation of Social Space Through Art and Sound, for Changes: 64 Studies for 6 Harps, a new piece by James Tenney ($33,000)
  • University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, for an exhibition of work by Lauren Woods ($40,000)
  • Vincent Price Art Museum, for “Regeneración: Three Generations of Revolutionary Ideology,” an exhibition about artist activists in America and Mexico ($50,000)
  • Pasadena Art Council/Volume, for Gifts of the Spirit: Auto da Fe, a piece by Ron Athey ($36,000)

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