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Elson Lecture
Matt Mullican

March 2 at 3:30
East Building Auditorium

Matt Mullican, artist

Born in Santa Monica in 1951, Matt Mullican attended the California Institute of the Arts in the early 1970s, then rose to prominence as part of the "Pictures Generation." Mullican’s ordered, symmetrical early works, part schematic, part cosmological chart, belie an enormously ambitious artistic aim: to contain and make sense of the universe. More recently he has used his subconscious as material. During public performances while under hypnosis, Mullican has created drawings that he then assembles on bed sheets in large grids. Limned in the artist’s elongated, looping script, his spontaneous diagrams and writings seemingly offer direct access to That Person, an inhabitant of the artist’s psyche.

For the last four decades Mullican’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions worldwide at such venues as the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2016), Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2014), Haus Der Kunst, Munich (2011), and the Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands (2010). He has taught and lectured at Columbia University, New York, the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, the London Institute, Chelsea College of Art and Design, England, and the School of Visual Arts, New York, among others. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Art collection by Untitled (1982). Mullican lives and works in Berlin and New York.

Photo Credit: Matt Mullican, courtesy of the artist

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