Kelley’s last major project, Mobile Homestead, is based on a life-sized replica of the suburban home in which he grew up. This new ‘homestead’ has been relocated to the city centre, outside the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), in a reversal of the ‘white flight’ to the suburbs that followed the 1967 Detroit riots. Kelley envisioned the ground floor of the house as a site for community activities, with a detachable front doubling as a mobile home; a hidden basement also provides space for ‘private rites of an aesthetic nature’. Mobile Homestead’s launch ceremony and first trip along Michigan Avenue and back were documented in three related videos, documenting the diversity of people and cultural landscapes of the ‘Motor City’.
Mobile Homestead was commissioned by Artangel in association with Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, LUMA Foundation and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.