November 18, 2011

Return of the Repressed: Destroy All Monsters 1973-1977 exhibition at PRISM

Return of the Repressed
Destroy All Monsters 1973-1977

NOV 19, 2011 — JAN 07, 2012

PRISM is pleased to announce the opening of Return of the Repressed: Destroy All Monsters, 1973-1977. Curated by Mike Kelley and Dan Nadel, the exhibition will open Saturday, November 19 from 7-9 pm. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, January 7, 2012.

This is 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 multi-media work encompassing “anti-rock” music, films, performances, and more traditional sculptures and works on paper, while documenting itself in the act of its own creation via Loren’s photography. The themes of the work span grotesque figuration, ecstatic pop imagism, apocalyptic play-acting, gothic dreamscapes, and full-on horror. Though a collective in name, each member produced his or her own work, building individualized aesthetics.

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 and diaries by Niagara; contemporaneous posters and zines; and a more recent set of murals memorializing the group's time and place. Much of this work, long buried or unseen since its mid- 1970s creations, is being exhibited for the first time; Kelley, Niagara, and Loren are producing new print editions for the occasion, while Shaw will install a collage made of 1970s flyers in the gallery’s atrium.

Accompanying the exhibition is a full color, 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 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.

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