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Designer and Painter, Matthew Ritchie, comes to Ann Arbor for a free lecture This Thursday!


With the support of School of Art & Design alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Distinguished Visitors Series brings to campus a broad selection of emerging and established artists to engage faculty, staff, students and the Ann Arbor community. The invited artists present public lectures, work with students, participate in panel discussions, generate site-specific works and give public performances.

The Evening Line, 2008
Laser-cut aluminum, aggregated paint, and video
Picture courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

I am excited to share with you that my favorite designer and math and geometry connoisseur will be giving a free lecture this Thursday at the historically beautiful Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. The Michigan Theater, located at 603E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, showcases these free lectures here as part of a series happening this and every fall/winter semester. Past lectures from the series can also be viewed online through The University of Michigan's Penny W. Stamps site, here.
Ritchie's lecture titled "Chance and Skill" will begin at 5:10 sharp but you may wish to come early as I think there will be a large crowd for this one.

Matthew Ritchie has been featured on such popular art documentaries as Art:21 (on PBS) and is listed in one of my favorite contemporary artist resource books "In the Making".

Even though Matthew Richie tends to be described as a painter, he creates prints on both paper and on the wall, light-box drawings, floor-to-wall installations, freestanding sculpture, web sites, and short stories. His works tie together creation myths, particle physics, thermodynamics, and games of chance.
The presentation this Thursday at The University of Michigan's campus will include performances by Aaron & Bryce Dessner of the band The National, and Shara Worden of the band My Brightest Diamond.
This lecture comes to us with support from UM Museum of Art (UMMA), Chelsea River Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

Visit http://art-design.umich.edu/ for more about the University of Michigan school of Art and Design and the Penny W. Stamps Series of pervious and upcoming free lectures through the university throughout this semester.

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