Cary Loren

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1950s

1955

Cary Loren is born in Detroit.

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1970s

1974

Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara, and Jim Shaw cofound Destroy All Monsters, a proto-punk band.

1975

Cary Loren, Jim Shaw, Ron Asheton, Mike Kelley at the Second Chance, Ann Arbor (performance of New Order), 1975. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Cary Loren, Mike Kelley, John Reed, and Jim Shaw in the basement of God’s Oasis, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1975/2011. Gelatin silver print on fiber paper; 20 × 24 in. (50.8 × 61 cm). Photo courtesy of the artist.

1975

Destroy All Monsters, "That's My Ideal," 1975, featuring Mike Kelley (vocals and percussion) and Jim Shaw and Cary Loren (guitar).

1976–79 1976

Cary Loren publishes a magazine called Destroy All Monsters, which includes ephemera and artwork by Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw, as well as shots of the band and artist collective.

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1990s

1995

The original Destroy All Monsters members (Mike Kelley, Niagara, Cary Loren, and Jim Shaw) reunite for shows in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area.

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2000s

2000

The Destroy All Monsters band and artist collective (Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara, and Jim Shaw) create an installation of four mural-sized paintings and a video titled Strange Fruit: Rock Apocrypha.

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2010s

2013

Cary Loren oversees the subterranean layer of Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead (2013), helping to organize secret exhibitions beneath a reproduction of Kelley’s childhood home.

Photo of God’s Oasis in The Ann Arbor News, Wednesday, June 23, 1976. Pictured from left: Marju Nemvaltz, Rick Greenvald, and Jim Shaw on the porch; David Owen and Mike Kelley on lawn. Photo: Larry E. Wright. Image courtesy of the Ann Arbor District Library.

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