On Saturday, May 28, 2016 the Akron Art Museum welcomed artist and Akron native Mark Mothersbaugh for the opening party of Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia. Myopia is the first retrospective of his work, spanning the beginning of his career in the early 1970s through the present. At 2:00 pm, Mothersbaugh received the key to the city from Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. Afterward, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Director and Chief Animator, Fabrications Department Adam Lerner gave a presentation on Mothersbaugh's career as an artist and the two had a conversation about Mothersbaugh's development as an artist, his creative life and his approach to creating work across multiple disciplines and media. The opening party at the Akron Art Museum, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, hosted over 800 visitors to the Myopia exhibition in the galleries. Booji Boys joined in the festivities, as did Mothersbaugh himself, who greeted visitors and signed autographs. The opening party was sponsored by EarthQuaker Devices, whose staff attended the event to demonstrate guitar pedals, including two pedals featuring artwork from Mark Mothersbaugh. Both pedals are available for purchase in the Museum Shop.
This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.
Its presentation in Akron is generously supported by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Audio-Technica, the John P. Murphy Foundation, EarthQuaker Devices, the Department of Print Media & Photography, Kent State University and TKM. Media sponsorship is provided by Western Reserve PBS and 91.3 The Summit.