Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Mary Kelly has explored questions of sexuality, identity and historical
memory in her project-based work for over four decades. In this lecture,
she considers how her narratives are shaped by a specific discursive site and
why her recent installations rely not only on the story unfolding between
words and objects, but also on the viewer’s experience of space.
Mary Kelly’s large-scale narrative installations and theoretical writings
have been central to the discourse of feminism and postmodernism since
the 1970s. Recent exhibitions include retrospectives at the Whitworth Art
Gallery, Manchester, 2011, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2010, and the
Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, 2008, as well as representation in
the 2008 Biennale of Sydney, Documenta 12, Kassel, 2007, and WACK! Art
and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,
2007. Her publications include Post-Partum Document, Routledge & Kegan
Paul, London, 1983 and Imaging Desire, MIT Press, Boston, 1996. She is
a Distinguished Professor of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles.