The Hammer Museum of UCLA will debut a new show on Tuesday, January 6, called “Paved Paradise: Redux – The Songs of Joni Mitchell” by John Kelly.
John Kelly is a performance and visual artist whose work began in New York’s East Village clubs in the early 1980s; since that time he has created more than 30 works that have been presented at many performance and alternative venues, including the Tate Modern, the Whitney Biennial, Dance Theater Workshop, and the Drawing Center. Louise Kennedy of the Boston Globe calls Paved Paradise, “Spooky, amusing, and weirdly moving” and says, “Kelly doesn’t so much impersonate Mitchell as channel her, and he does it with a blend of affection and discernment that is remarkable to behold.”
I posted about John Kelly’s show earlier this month. There’s a YouTube clip of John Kelly as Joni Mitchell performing Blue.