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Evan Roth:Welcome to Detroit

  • March 14 - April 2
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, March 14, 4:30 - 7:30pm
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Evan Roth is an artist and researcher based in Paris who explores the intersection of free culture and popular culture, making work simultaneously for the contemporary art world and the “bored at work” network. His notable pieces include L.A.S.E.R. Tag and LED Throwies (Graffiti Research Lab), White Glove Tracking, EyeWriter, Graffiti Analysis and a collaboration with Jay-Z on the first open source rap video. Roth’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art NYC and has been exhibited widely in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including the Centre Pompidou, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Tate, the Fondation Cartier and the front page of Youtube. Roth has received numerous awards for his work, including the Golden Nica from Prix Ars Electronica, Rhizome/The New Museum commissions, the Future Everything Award, the inaugural Transmediale Open Web Award and the Design Museum London’s Designs of the Year.

Roth is co-founder of the Graffiti Research Lab and the Free Art & Technology Lab (F.A.T. Lab), a web based, open source research and development lab. Roth and his work have been featured in multiple outlets, including NPR, the New York Times, Liberation, Time magazine, CNN, the Guardian, ABC News, Esquire and Juxtapoz.

Evan Roth is The McAndless Distinguished Professor for Eastern Michigan University for 2012. The McAndless Distinguished Professorship was established with the help of a generous bequest from the late M. Thelma McAndless, a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, College of Arts and Sciences. The McAndless Scholar is a nationally prominent figure in the arts and humanities. The purpose of the McAndless Scholar is to make extraordinary contributions to the vitality of the arts and humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Michigan University.

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