Nearsighted devolutionaries, don your energy domes and unite! DEVO co-founder and multi-talented artist Mark Mothersbaugh is the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Curated by MCA Denver director and chief animator Adam Lerner, the exhibition traces Akron-born Mothersbaugh’s shape-shifting career in art and music from the early 1970s through the present, with documentation and music from his DEVO days; prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, rugs, and video animations; performance footage; newly produced musical and sculpture installations; and a life-long series of postcard-sized works, exhibited in its entirety for the first time.
Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia is on view at MCA Denver through April 12, 2015, after which it will travel to Minneapolis (Minneapolis Institute of Arts), Cincinnati (Contemporary Arts Center/Cincinnati Art Museum), Austin (The Austin Contemporary), and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Museum of Art), ending up in New York (Grey Art Gallery at New York University/Drawing Center) for early 2017. Until the show comes to a city near you, take a closer look at all things Mothersbaugh in the accompanying volume from Princeton Architectural Press. The book includes a foreword by Wes Anderson, for whom Mothersbaugh has scored films such as The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and Rushmore, as well as essays by street artist Shepard Fairey, writer and art dealer Steven Wolf, and punk scholars Maria Elena Buszek and Cary Levine.