Upcoming Programs

Unless otherwise noted, programs are free of charge, no reservations, capacity limited. All are subject to change. Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings.

Through Being Cool: The Music Videos of Mark Mothersbaugh and DEVO
May 01, 2017 | 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

From In the Beginning Was the End: The Truth About De-Evolution (1976) to Whip It (1980) and beyond, Jesse Bransford, Chair of Art & Art Professions, NYU, will screen and provide commentary on selections from DEVO’s groundbreaking music videos, the earliest of which predate not only MTV, but also the band’s studio recordings. Organized by […]

Gallery Conversation
May 03, 2017 | 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

With Brian Bentley, Graduate Curatorial Assistant, Grey Art Gallery, and PhD Candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

Conversation and Performance: Mark Mothersbaugh, Music for Six-Sided Keyboard
May 04, 2017 | 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Following an onstage conversation with Carlo McCormick, Senior Editor, Paper Magazine, Mark Mothersbaugh—creative polymath and founder of the band DEVO—conducts orchestral renditions of his original music and film compositions on a six-sided keyboard of his invention. Organized by NYU’s Grey Art Gallery and co-sponsored by NYU’s Program in Music Technology (Steinhardt). General Admission: $30; NYU Students: […]

Rocking Fashion: Françoise Hardy, Courtney Love, Patti Smith, DEVO
May 08, 2017 | 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Zip-up coveralls, safety helmets, swim goggles, plastic wigs, ziggurat-shaped “energy domes,” rubber face masks, skating gear—just a few of the many items employed by frontman Mark Mothersbaugh and his band DEVO both onstage and in their music videos. This panel will examine how DEVO and other musicians of our time employ clothing and accessories to […]

Past Programs

Conversation: Mark Mothersbaugh and Adam Lerner
Apr 26, 2017 | 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Mark Mothersbaugh joins exhibition curator Adam Lerner, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, in this wide-ranging conversation focusing on the artist’s career in both music and visual art, from his early, pre-DEVO decals to his recent music-making machines. The discussion will draw out the connecting threads that run through Mothersbaugh’s diverse artistic practice, from DEVO […]

Lecture<br/>Alt O’Hara: Coterie and Counter-Institution
Mar 29, 2017 | 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Placing Frank O’Hara’s writing in relation to the development of alternative art galleries in the early 1960s, this lecture by Lytle Shaw, professor of English, NYU, will explore the ways that O’Hara’s cultivation of a coterie served an analogous function in terms of both the social world and literary history. Co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of […]