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Mark Mothersbaugh



Thursday, September 29, 2016
5:10 pm


In-person Event

Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
Watch Video
Open to the public
Free of charge

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 new wave band DEVO, which released a top 20 hit in 1980 with the sin­gle Whip It” and has main­tained a cult fol­low­ing through­out its existence.

In addi­tion to his work with DEVO, Moth­ers­baugh has made music for tele­vi­sion series, films, and video games via his pro­duc­tion com­pany, Mutato Muzika, and has had a solo career with four stu­dio albums. In film, he has worked fre­quently with film­maker Wes Ander­son, scor­ing half of his fea­ture films, includ­ing Bot­tle Rocket, Rush­more, The Royal Tenen­baums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zis­sou. His music has been a sta­ple of chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion, appear­ing in shows such as Rugrats, Beakman’s World, Santo Bugito, Pee-Wee’s Play­house, and Reg­u­lar Show. The char­ac­ter design for Chuckie Fin­ster on Rugrats was based on him.

With a life­long inter­est in cre­at­ing mul­ti­me­dia art pieces, 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, post­card diaries, 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. Moth­ers­baugh will be in con­ver­sa­tion with Adam Lerner.

Adam Lerner, Direc­tor and Chief Ani­ma­tor at the Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Den­ver, author of the book Mark Moth­ers­baugh: Myopia, and cura­tor of the accom­pa­ny­ing trav­el­ing museum ret­ro­spec­tive which traces the path from DEVO days to the present. Lerner received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity and his mas­ter’s degree from Cam­bridge Uni­ver­sity. Lerner is known for a unique approach to museum pro­gram­ming that com­bines ele­ments of cura­to­r­ial and edu­ca­tion practice.

In part­ner­ship with Art­Prize, with addi­tional sup­port from the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor Art Center’s POP‑X, and the Ann Arbor Film Fes­ti­val.