MCA Denver director Adam Lerner has promoted the idea that Mark Mothersbaugh -- co-founder of the '70s- and '80s-era New Wave group Devo -- is much more than simply a former rock star but is actually one of the major creative forces of our time.
Lerner lays out this powerful claim in a pretty convincing way in Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, an over-the-top exhibit that fills all three floors at the MCA with a dizzying array of material ranging in date over the last forty-years.
It turns out that Mothersbaugh is also a composer, arranger, writer, photographer, videographer, and a visual artist who produces drawings, prints, sculptures, installations, and even rugs, making him a certified pop culture genius.
Lerner sees Mothersbaugh's music -- his chief claim to fame -- as being distinct from that produced by most other rockers and instead views it as a kind of performance art. It is in this vein that Mothersbaugh will appear on Thursday, January 22, at the Holiday Event Center, at 2644 West 32nd Avenue as part of "Who Made the '80s?" series which are lectures and events being sponsored by MCA this year.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the event set to start at 7. Mothersbaugh, with the help of musicians from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, will play compositions he wrote for the six-sided keyboard he invented. (Creating preposterous musical instruments is yet another imaginative interest for him.)
The music will be followed by a dialogue between Lerner and Mothersbaugh concerning the show and about the creative process, after which the pair will sign copies of the exhibition catalogue.
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Tickets which run $20 for the general public and $15 for MCA Denver members, are available by calling 303-298-7554, extension 200, or by going to mcadenver.org. Free parking will be available at nearby North High School.