On Humor at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2013 MoMA PS1, New York.

Guest Curator Mark Beasley, who co-curated the two day experimental music festival A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality with Kelley in 2009 and was curator of Kelley’s Performa 09 Commission and final New York performance The Judson Church Horse Dance (2009), presents an afternoon on humor featuring Blowfly, The Original Dirty Rapper, and performance artist Michael Smith. Blowfly was a favorite musical act of Mike Kelley, who enjoyed the obscene humor in Blowfly’s sexually explicit parodies of popular songs. Michael Smith, Kelley’s friend and collaborator, presents a performance featuring his personae, the deadpan everyman “Mike” and his diapered counterpart “Baby Ikki” who appeared in Kelley and Smith’s 2009 project A Voyage of Growth and Discovery.

At 2:00 p.m., prior to the performances, Mark Beasley, Michael Smith, and Jayson Musson, the creator of Hennessy Youngman’s Art Thoughtz, discuss humor in Mike Kelley’s work.

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities and artists that create and sustain their practice in New York City.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.


The performances by Michael Smith and Blowfly are co-presented by Sunday Sessions and Performa as part of Performa 13. Revisiting the two-day experimental music festival co-curated by Mike Kelley and Mark Beasley for Performa 09.

The music and performance portion of Mike Kelley is organized by guest curator Mark Beasley, with Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, and Eliza Ryan, former Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1.

Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Mike Skinner, Producer, and Alex Sloane, Live Programs Coordinator.

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Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

This performance accompanies Mike Kelley.
This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.