1. In celebration of Rituals of Rented Island, we’ve rounded up a selection of featured titles on artbook.com with an emphasis on performance and nostalgia. Use code “WHITNEY25” at checkout for a 25% discount and free shipping. A portion of proceeds from every purchase benefits the Whitney!

  2. Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980 opens today!
Featuring work by John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, and Mike Kelley, among others, this exhibition illuminates a radical period of 1970s performance art that flourished in downtown Manhattan—or what artist Jack Smith called “Rented Island”—and still remains largely unknown today.

    Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980 opens today!

    Featuring work by John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, and Mike Kelley, among others, this exhibition illuminates a radical period of 1970s performance art that flourished in downtown Manhattan—or what artist Jack Smith called “Rented Island”—and still remains largely unknown today.

  3. News from the Press Office: The first museum exhibition to consider a radical period of 1970s performance art that flourished in downtown Manhattan opens at the Whitney on October 31.
Michael Smith, Busman’s Holiday Retreat Revue, performance at The Performing Garage, May 1981. Photograph by Kevin Noble; Image courtesy the artist

    News from the Press Office: The first museum exhibition to consider a radical period of 1970s performance art that flourished in downtown Manhattan opens at the Whitney on October 31.

    Michael Smith, Busman’s Holiday Retreat Revue, performance at The Performing Garage, May 1981. Photograph by Kevin Noble; Image courtesy the artist

  4. John C. Welchman, co-director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, gave a lovely presentation on Kelley’s work on May 20, 2012. One of Welchman’s slides, above, features photos of Kelley and his childhood home, which was the inspiration for his Mobile Homestead project. 
The 2012 Biennial is dedicated to Mike Kelley. 

    John C. Welchman, co-director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, gave a lovely presentation on Kelley’s work on May 20, 2012. One of Welchman’s slides, above, features photos of Kelley and his childhood home, which was the inspiration for his Mobile Homestead project. 

    The 2012 Biennial is dedicated to Mike Kelley. 

  5. Mike Kelley (1954–2012), The Mobile Homestead in front of the abandoned Detroit Central Train Station, 2010. © Mike Kelley. Photograph by Corine Vermuelen
MOCA Detroit and Artangel announced today that construction will begin on a full-size replica of Mike Kelley’s childhood home. 
From May 16-20, 2012, the Whitney will screen three videos Kelley created during the first phase of the Mobile Homestead project. On May 20 John C. Welchman, co-director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, and Scott Benzel, a frequent Kelley collaborator and producer of the Mobile Homestead videos, will discuss the project. 

    Mike Kelley (1954–2012), The Mobile Homestead in front of the abandoned Detroit Central Train Station, 2010. © Mike Kelley. Photograph by Corine Vermuelen

    MOCA Detroit and Artangel announced today that construction will begin on a full-size replica of Mike Kelley’s childhood home. 

    From May 16-20, 2012, the Whitney will screen three videos Kelley created during the first phase of the Mobile Homestead project. On May 20 John C. Welchman, co-director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, and Scott Benzel, a frequent Kelley collaborator and producer of the Mobile Homestead videos, will discuss the project.