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September 29

Thursday, September 29, 5:10–6:10 p.m.

Michigan Theater
Historic Theater
603 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve.

A composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, author, and visual artist, Mark Mothersbaugh is best known as co-founder, lead singer, and keyboardist of the popular band DEVO. He has also written musical scores for video games, television series (including Rugrats,Beakman's WorldSanto BugitoPee-Wee's Playhouse, and Regular Show), and films (including Wes Anderson's Bottle RocketRushmoreThe Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou).

Mothersbaugh's visual art practice preceded his musical career, and he continues to add to a prolific body of work that includes prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, rugs, musical instruments, videos, and performances. From his popular music to his personal artwork, Mothersbaugh's unique artistic view constantly foregrounds the relationship between technology and individuality. His life and work are the subject of a major book and traveling museum retrospective, Myopia, tracing his path from his DEVO days to the present. Mothersbaugh will be in conversation with Adam Lerner, director and chief animator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, author of the book Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia and curator of the exhibition.

This program is co-sponsored by UMMA.

categories: Artists and Curators, UM Student Programs