Mary Reid Kelley


Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The Zabludowicz Collection, London, United Kingdom
The Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany
UBS Art Collection, New York, NY
The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Born in Greenville, South Carolina
Lives and works in Saratoga Springs, New York
MFA, Yale University Art School, New Haven, CT
BA, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, Magna cum Laude

Solo Exhibitions

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
MUDAM, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (link)
"We Are Ghosts," Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (link)
“The Minotaur Trilogy,” Arratia Beer, Berlin, Germany
“A Marquee Piece of Sod: The WWI Films of Mary Reid Kelley,” Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Museum Leuven, Leuven, Belgium (link)
"The Thong of Dionysus," Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY
"Hammer Projects: Mary Reid Kelley," Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (link)
"Swinburne's Pasiphae," Pilar Corrias Gallery, London UK
"Mary Reid Kelley," Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna, Austria
"Mary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos," Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY; traveling to SUNY Albany, NY
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston, MA
The Syphilis of Sysiphus, Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
The Syphilis of Sisyphus, Fredericks and Freiser, New York, NY
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
"You Make Me Iliad, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, England
Sadie, The Saddest Sadist, Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY
Bring Superior Forces to Bear, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN
Paper Union Augsburg College Christensen Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Group Exhibitions

“Blind Faith: Between the visceral and the Cognitive in Contemporary Art,” Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
“The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin,” The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
“Gray Matters,” Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
“The Humors,” MUMA, Melbourne, Australia
“Blind Faith,” Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
“Inaugural Exhibition,” Romeo, New York, NY
"Objects Do Things," Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland (link)
Whos Speaking?, KLEMMS, Berlin, Germany
SITE 20 Years / 20 Shows, SITE, Santa Fe, NM
Pratfall Tramps, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
Homespun, Marlborough School, Seaver Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Rose Video 03: Maria Lassnig and Mary Reid Kelley," Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, South Waltham, Massachusetts
Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from the Alumni Collections, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Buy Me Bananas, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
Rear View Mirror, Space B, New York, NY
Weighted Words, Zabludowiz Collection, London, UK
Re-Generation, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, Italy
"StageCraft; Brian Bress, Deville Cohen, Kate Gilmore and Mary Reid Kelley, University of Southern Florida, Tampa, FL
Doublespeak, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Texture.Txt, Regina Rex, Brooklyn, NY
Images From a Floating World, Fredericks and Freiser, New York, NY
Words, Brand 10 Art Space, Fort Worth, TX
The Dissolve, SITE Santa Fe Eighth International, Biennial, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Signal & Noise Media Art Festival, VIVO Media Arts Center, Vancouver, CA
Fast Forward 2 The Power of Motion, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany
"Ludicrous!", Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Will Happiness Find Me? Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY
Interval(le)s, Journal, University of Liege Publications
Uncle Tom to Peeping Tom, Wisconsin African American Womens Center, Milwaukee, WI
Pinko Commies, Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Draw, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN


Thorne, Harry, "The Burlesque Worlds of Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley," frieze, April 5 (link)
Cromwell, Tim, “From Hirst’s Medusa to Quinn’s marble bust: new London show explores how classical art inspires contemporary artists,” The Art Newspaper, March 6 (link)
Culpan, Daniel, "Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley at Tate Liverpool," Artforum, January (link)
Searle, Adrian, “Drag acts and drunken sailors – Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley: We Are Ghosts review,” The Guardian (web), November 21 (link)
Sharp, Sarah Rose, “Artists Embrace the Grayscale,” Hyperallergic (web), July 20 (link)
Wallace, David, “Walter Benjamin’s Unfinished Magnum Opus, Revisited through Contemporary Art,” The New Yorker (web), May 9 (link)
Pinto, Ana Teixeira, “Review: Mary Reid Kelley at Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany,” frieze (web), January 14 (link)
Jeppesen, Travis, “Critics’ Pick: Mary Reid Kelley at Arratia Beer,” Artforum (web), April 1 (link)
Teixeria Pinto, Ana, “Mary Reid Kelley’s ‘The Minotaur Trilogy’,” art agenda (web), April 11 (link)
Scher, Robin, “Sara Cwynar and Mary Reid Kelley Named Winners of the Baloise Art Prize,’ ArtNews (web), June 14 (link)
Gleisner, Jacquelyn, “MacArthur Fellow Mary Reid Kelley on Dismantling Sexual Taboos with Humor,” Hyperallergic (web), October 26, (link)
Lamon, Madeleine, “Meet the Penn Design critic who snagged a MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’,” The Daily Pennsylvanian (web), October 27
“Vincent Fecteau, Kellie Jones, Mary Reid Kelley, Maggie Nelson, Claudia Rankine, and Joyce J. Scott Among 2016 MacArthur Fellow,” Artforum (web), September 22
Segal, Corinne, “Video artist, MacArthur fellow Mary Reid Kelley on recovering history’s lost narratives,” PBS News Hour (web), October 2
Chiaverina, John, “Kellie Jones, Vincent Fecteau, and Mary Reid Kelley Named MacArthur Fellows,” ArtNews (web), September 22 (link)
Frank, Priscilla, “Video Artist Mary Reid Kelley on Why the Urge to Apply Makeup is Fundamentally Human,” The Huffington Post (web), September 23 (link)
Heartney, Eleanor, Sex, Mayhem, and Ghosts of the Unconscious, ArtNews, January
Jadrnak, Jackie, Site Sante Fe celebrates 20th Anniversary, Albuquerque Journal, March 6
Lampe, Lilly, The Work of Four Seriously Funny Women Artists, Hyperallergic, March 26 (link)
Detweiler, Henry, Review: Artists fuse funy-haha, funny-odd and existential angst in ACACs Pratfall Tramps, Arts ATL, March 26
Carver, Jon, Santa Fe: 20 Years / 20 Shows at SITE Santa Fe, art ltd, May/June
Cahill, James, A Wandering Will: Mary reid Kelley Discusses Swinbrunes Pasiphae, Los Angeles Review of Books, May 25
IX Moscow International Biennale, Fashion and Style in Photography 2015, Multimedia complex of Actual Arts, Moscow, Russia
Reid Kelley, Mary, Sam Messer, BOMB Magazine, Summer
Lord, Benjamin, Mary Reid Kelley at The Hammer, Carla, Fall
Boucher, Brian, Mary Reid Kelleys Lush Videos Take on the Minotaur and Nicki Minaj, ArtNet News (web), October 23
Rees, Allyson, Mary Reid Kelley Reimagines Mythology from a Womans POV, LA Confidential, May 12
Applin, Jo, Reviews: Mary Reid Kelley, ArtForum, December
Cuir, Raphael, Mary Reid Kelley, Art Press, December
Boucher, Brian, "Guggenheim Foundation 2014 Fellows Include Mary Reid Kelley, La Toya Ruby Frazier," Art in America online, April 10 (link)
Thomson, Allese, "500 Words: Mary Reid Kelley,", August 14 (link)
Yurkevich, Vanessa, "Mary Reid Kelley Debuts at the ICA Boston," Artinfo, October 2 (link)
McQuaid, Cate, Images speaking of desire and fear at the ICA, The Boston Globe, August 1 (link)
Frank, Priscilla, Mary Reid Kelleys 3D Historical Tableaux Come To ICA Boston, The Huffington Post, July 29 (link)
Cheh, Carol, Review: Mary Reid Kelley: Priapus Agonistes, Pastelegram, July 26 (link)
Vitamin D2: New Perspective in Drawing, Phaidon Press, May
Art:21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 6, PBS Television Series and Companion Volume
Searle, Adrian, How performance art took over, The Guardian, July 3
McClemont, Doug, Reviews: Mary Reid Kelley, ARTNews, March
Goings On About Town: Art, Mary Reid Kelley, The New Yorker, January
Davis, Ben, Finding the Reason In Mary Reid Kelleys Mad Rhymes About French History, Artinfo, January 6
Johnson, Ken, Mary Reid Kelley: The Syphilis of Sisyphus, New York Times, December 1
Beckman, Ericka, Mary Reid Kelley, Sadie the Saddest Sadist, Artforum, December
Boucher, Brian, Mary Reid Kelley, In Plain Frenglish, Art in America, November 11
Robecchi, Michele, Mary Reid Kelley, Pilar Corrias-London, Flash Art, November
the dissolve, Site Santa Fe Biennial Catalogue, curated by Sarah Lewis and Daniel Belasco
Allen, Emma, Verbal Play and Venereal Disease: A Q & A with Mary Reid Kelley, ArtInfo, June 15 (link)
Mizota, Sharon, Modern girl, Los Angeles Times, May 21 (link)
Ryan, Bartholomew, Marx On My, Lenin Mary Reid Kelley, Metropolis M, April (link)
Kazanjian, Dodie. The Body Eccentric. Vogue, February 2010. p. 188-193.
Smith, Roberta, Make Room for Video, Performance and Paint, New York Times, December 31
Madoff, Steven Henry, Openings: Mary Reid Kelley, Art Forum, November
Storr, Robert, So it Goes, Frieze, Issue 127, November/December
Boucher, Brian, Mary Reid Kelley, Art in America, November 13
Vilas, Amber, Mary Reid Kelley in New York, Art Info, September 25
Pearse, Emma, Artist Mary Reid Kelley Goes to War, New York Magazine, July 14

Grants and Awards

MacArthur Fellowship
Guggenheim Fellow
AICA Award in Best Time-Based Format (performance, video film, sound) for Mary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY, Curated by Daniel Belasco
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award
The Shifting Foundation Grant
Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome
Alice Kimball English Travel Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant
CAA Visual Arts Fellowship
Schoelkopf Travel Grant, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Beinecke Library Research Fellowship, Yale University New Haven, CT
Guest Lecturer, Women and Art at Yale, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Jerome Foundation Artist Residency Fellowship at Blacklock Nature Sanctuary, Moose Lake, MN
Art Apprenticeship, St. Olaf College Department of Art and Art History, Northfield, MN