Mark Mothersbaugh exhibit opens with free admission day

One of the most anticipated arts happenings this season, the sweeping exhibit “Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia” opens Feb. 13 at the Contemporary Austin. And the museum is offering free admission that day.

Mark Mothersbaugh, 1964 – Monument to the conquerors of space, 2012. Ink jet on paper. Courtesy the artist.
Mark Mothersbaugh, 1964 – Monument to the conquerors of space, 2012. Ink jet on paper. Courtesy the artist.

Though he’s most widely known as the co-founder and frontman of the seminal new wave punk band Devo, Mothersbaugh is a creative polymath who started the band as a performance project when he was an art student in the early 1970s.

In the first museum retrospective of his visual art, about 700 objects reveal Mothersbaugh’s surreal vision and personal expression through drawings, films, paintings, sculpture and music.

The first floor of the Jones Center will highlight Mothersbaugh’s Devo years with photographs, posters, video, music and other ephemera. Upstairs, the double-height gallery will be an immersive experience with several of Mothersbaugh’s “Orchestrations” (whimsical sculptural sound-making machines made of organ pipes) along with an array of other impish creations.

Mark Mothersbaugh, The General, 2014. Vintage organ pipes, electronics, and steel. Courtesy the artist. Photograph by David Lekach.
Mark Mothersbaugh, The General, 2014. Vintage organ pipes, electronics, and steel. Courtesy the artist. Photograph by David Lekach.

There’s also a slate of family-friendly festivities to complement Mothersbaugh’s artistic and musical creations that day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. While free, the activities require a reservation: thecontemporaryaustin.org/events.

Also opening Feb. 13 is Lise Haller Baggesen’s immersive installation “Mothernism”at the museum’s Laguna Gloria location. Admission is also free that day and Baggesen will give a talk about her work at 2 p.m.

 Lise Haller Baggesen, Mothernism, 2013
Lise Haller Baggesen immersive installation “Mothernism” with an audio component

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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