Museum of Contemporary Art and Akron Art Museum to Present Art Show by Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh

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Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, installation view. - COURTESY OF THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DENVER
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  • Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, installation view.
While he’s best known as the frontman of the new wave group Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh is also a multi-media artist. The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and The Akron Art Museum just announced that they’ve collaborated on a joint presentation of Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, a traveling exhibit organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. The exhibit will be on view at both museums from May 27 through August 28, 2016. The first comprehensive exhibition of Mothersbaugh’s work, it includes “works on paper, sculptures, installations, music, and videos, which span his early years as a founder of the popular band DEVO to his ongoing present-day work as a visual artist and composer.”

Myopia provides the perfect opportunity for our like-minded museums to join together to explore and celebrate this important contemporary artist from our region,” says MOCA Deputy Director of Program, Planning, and Engagement Megan Lykins Reich in a press release. “We in Northeast Ohio have a unique affinity for Mark Mothersbaugh. Our shared audiences will be amazed by the breadth, depth and significance of Mothersbaugh’s work. Innovative, interdisciplinary, passionate, and unafraid, he is an exceptional artist, and a trailblazer for contemporary culture.”

"We are honored to present and celebrate Mark Mothersbaugh's work in his hometown,” says Executive Director and CEO of the Akron Art Museum Mark Masuoka. “We're also proud of the partnership with MOCA Cleveland on Myopia, which we see as part of an ongoing project to enhance the vibrancy of the cultural community in Akron and the region. In Northeast Ohio, we know that a rich cultural ecosystem creates a higher quality of life, enhances education, drives economic growth and helps attract and retain talented community- members."

Works on view include "early performance photographs and film, photographs of Mothersbaugh as his DEVO alter-ego, Booji Boy, early mail art, 27 rugs with video animations, manipulated musical instruments and excerpts of soundtracks for well- known films and TV shows like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse." The exhibition also features newer work, including a video performance on a six-sided keyboard. 

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