Gerard & Kelly

Artists, Choreographers

Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly have collaborated as Gerard & Kelly since 2003. Their installations and performances use choreography, video, and sculpture to address questions of sexuality, memory, and the formation of queer consciousness.  Recent exhibitions and performances of their work have been presented by MAMCO Geneva; Getty Museum (Los Angeles); Festival d’Automne, Palais de Tokyo, and Centre Pompidou (Paris); Pioneer Works, Guggenheim Museum, and The Kitchen (New York).  They contributed to the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial; and the 2014 Made in LA Biennial at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles).  Gerard & Kelly completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2010, and received their MFAs from the University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Art in 2013.  Their work is in the collections of LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, and the Guggenheim Museum.

© Gerard & Kelly at the Villa Savoye. Photographed by Barrère & Simon.

Bright Hours

In their residency at the Camargo Foundation, Gerard & Kelly will conduct pre-production research and script development for Bright Hours, the latest chapter in their ongoing project Modern Living. In this series of performances and videos sited in iconic architectures around the world, the artists mine “ruins” of modernism for their hidden choreographies and radical social experiments. Following their performances in 2019 at Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, Gerard & Kelly are at work on a new film that distills the encounter between the architect and the dancer Josephine Baker into a contemporary parable for modern intimacies. Bright Hours will be shot entirely at the Cité Radieuse in Marseille in 2021.

© Gerard & Kelly, Modern Living , 2019. Performance view: Villa Savoye, Poissy, France, presented by Festival d’Automne à Paris with the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of its New Settings program. Pictured: Matthieu Barbin, Julia Eichten, Damontae Hack, Kehari Hutchinson, Emara Neymour-Jackson, Jasmine Sugar. Photo: Martin Argyroglo.
© Gerard & Kelly, Relay, 2020. Installation view: Le Commun – Bâtiment d’art contemporain, Geneva, as part of the exhibition Dance First Think Later – Rencontre entre danse et arts visuels . Photo : Annik Wetter / Arta Sperto.