Stow, OH (June 6, 2016)—A museum exhibition honoring a true musical innovator would lose its impact if visitors couldn’t hear why his work was so special. That’s why Audio-Technica got involved as a sponsor of the Akron Art Museum’s current exhibit, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, the first comprehensive retrospective of the Akron, Ohio native’s work.
Mothersbaugh is one of the founding members of the boundary-shattering rock group Devo, as well as composer for TV shows and movies including Rugrats, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the film adaptation of 21 Jump Street and its sequel, and many others. Mothersbaugh attended Kent State University as an art student and has been creating art for more than forty years, before Devo’s inception in the early Seventies.
Myopia is being presented jointly at the Akron Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) and runs from May 27 through August 28, 2016. Myopia is a career-spanning traveling exhibition of Mothersbaugh’s creative output and includes works on paper, sculptures, installations, music and videos, spanning his years as a founder of Devo to his ongoing present-day work as a visual artist and composer.
In addition to providing financial support for the exhibition, Audio-Technica supplied audio products for the exhibit’s listening stations, including ATH-M20x professional monitor headphones, where attendees can hear music composed by Mothersbaugh, including selections from The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Lego Movie and more.
The Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable is on display in the Museum store and on hand to play Mothersbaugh’s new limited-edition vinyl record Myopia – Akron, Ohio, created specially for the Akron exhibition, which will be available for sale at the Museum.
“As a company that’s based in the Akron area near Mark Mothersbaugh’s hometown, we are especially proud to be a sponsor of the Myopia exhibit,” said Gary Boss, Audio-Technica marketing director. “We share his passion for creativity, which goes far beyond traditional boundaries and which we know will surprise, provoke and delight everyone who attends the exhibit. At Audio-Technica, we’re dedicated to helping recording and performing artists achieve their creative visions and enabling listeners everywhere to enjoy the artists’ work the way it was meant to be heard.”
Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia