Mary Reid Kelley

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

Solo Exhibitions

Studio Voltaire, London, UK
"I Smelled A Raw Recruit: The World War Films of Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley," Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland
"We Are Ghosts," Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (link)
"Mary Reid Kelley," Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
"Mary Reid Kelley," MUDAM, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (link)
"We Are Ghosts," Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (link)
"We’re Wallowing Here In Your Disco Tent," The High Line, New York, NY
"Screen Space: Mary Reid Kelley," Art Gallery Of Western Australia, Perth
“The Minotaur Trilogy,” Arratia Beer, Berlin, Germany
“A Marquee Piece of Sod: The WWI Films of Mary Reid Kelley,” Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany
"Mary Reid Kelley," Museum Leuven, Leuven, Belgium (link)
"Mary Reid Kelley," Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
"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
"Mary Reid Kelley," The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston, MA
"The Syphilis of Sysiphus, Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley," The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX
"Priapus Agonistes," Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
"The Syphilis of Sisyphus," Fredericks and Freiser, New York, NY
"Mary Reid Kelley," 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

"the rest of history," Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA
"Damn! The Defiant," Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY
"The Classical Now," Somerset House East Wing Kings College, London, UK
FRONT Triennial, Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
“Blind Faith: Between the visceral and the Cognitive in Contemporary Art,” Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
"Commercial Break," Public Art Fund, New York, NY
Artists’ Film International 2017, ‘This Is Offal’, sponsored by Hammer Museum, LA. Multiple international locations throughout 2017, including Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
"Life a User’s Manual," Art Encounters Contemporary Art Biennale, Timisoara and Arad, Romania
“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
Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY
"Mixtape 2016," Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, UK
"Sexting," Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
"World War I And American Art," Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
“Inaugural Exhibition,” Romeo, New York, NY
"Objects Do Things," Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland (link)
"Not Really," curated by Sue Canning, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
"Making Histories," curated by Raechell Smith and David Cateforis, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, KS
"Classicicity: Ancient art, contemporary objects," BREESE LITTLE, London, UK
"The Beast and the Sovereign," MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
"By the Book," Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
"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
"Pale Fire," The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY
"Tightened As If By Pliers," curated by Joshua Bienko and Leeza Meksin for Ortega y Gasset Projects, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY
Art Rotterdam Fair, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
"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
"Pencil Pushed," University of Tennessee: Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, Knoxville, TN
"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

Selected Press

Watson, Denise. "MOCA's new exhibition fills in the "The Rest of History," the stories often discarded in the telling of America's story," The Virginian-Pilot, March 22 (link)
Campbell, Andy. "Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley," Artforum, February (link)
Wood, Eve. "Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley," Artillery, January 2 (link)
Knight, Christopher. "Review: Harry S. Truman at the center of this wonderfully weird, strangely poignant art show," Los Angeles Times, November 30 (link)
Horst, Aaron. "Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley at Susanne Vielmetter," Carla, November 29 (web) (link)
Dunne, Aidan, "Kelleys’ bizarre creations crackle with energy of early cinema," The Irish Times (web), August 4 (link)
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, Awards, and Residencies

Baloise Art Prize, Art Basel
MacArthur Fellowship
AICA Award: Best Time-Based Format, Second Place: Mary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos at SUNY New Paltz, Dorsky Museum
Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant
The Shifting Foundation Grant
Production Residency at EMPAC, Renessalear Polytechnic Institute
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


Senior Critic, UPenn School of Design
Critic, Yale University School of Art


Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany
MUDAM, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Boston, MA
UBS Art Collection, New York, NY
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK