LECTURE: Matthew Ritchie, Painter/Installation Artist. Mon. April 13 5:30pm. Meyerson B1

MATTHEW RITCHIE: Painter/Installation Artist

Monday, April 13, 5:30pm

Matthew Ritchie's installations of painting, wall drawings, light boxes, sculpture, and projections are investigations of the idea of information. Explored through science, architecture, history and the dynamics of culture, his works are defined equally by their range and their lyrical visual language.

In 2001, Time magazine listed Ritchie as one of 100 innovators for the new millennium, for exploring "the unthinkable or the not-yet-thought." More omnivorous than omnipotent, encompassing everything from cutting-edge physics, ancient myth, neo-noir short stories and medieval alchemy to climate change, contemporary politics and economic theory, his installations fuse unique narrative forms with our constantly changing factual understanding of our universe. Typically, for his exhibition "We Want To See Some Light" at Portikus, Frankfurt, in 2005, he collaborated with a visual neurologist, an architect, a group of students and a philosopher to examine the physical limits of generated knowledge.

His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide including the Whitney Biennial, the Sao Paulo Bienal and the Sydney Biennial. Solo shows include the Dallas Museum of Art; the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Portikus, Frankfurt and The Fabric Workshop and Museum. A major permanent installation; designed in conversation with Pritzker prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, opened in December 2006 in a new Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon.

Meyerson Room B1
University of Pennsylvania
School of Design
210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA

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