Mike Kelley Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites 1991/1999

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 207 The David Geffen Wing

What did you notice first when you entered this gallery? To create this installation, Kelley used stuffed animals. If you’ve ever had a stuffed animal, you might have observed how a new toy changes over time as you play with it. The artist sewed together used stuffed animals to create fourteen floating circles or orbs. Point out some of the different animals. This installation also has a smell that comes from deodorizers on the wall. What does the smell remind you of?

Kids label from 2023
Medium
Plush toys sewn over wood and wire frames with styrofoam packing material, nylon rope, pulleys, steel hardware and hanging plates, fiberglass, car paint, and disinfectant
Dimensions
Overall dimensions variable
Credit
Partial gift of Peter M. Brant, courtesy the Brant Foundation, Inc. and gift of The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection (by exchange), Mary Sisler Bequest (by exchange), Mr. and Mrs. Eli Wallach (by exchange), The Jill and Peter Kraus Endowed Fund for Contemporary Acquisitions, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz, Mimi Haas, Ninah and Michael Lynne, and Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann
Object number
54.2013.a-x
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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