Exploring the Evolution of Diagrams at El Segundo Museum of Art

On June 11, Matthew Ritchie, an artist in residence at the Getty Research Institute, will unveil his 27-foot-long work exploring diagrams throughout history.

Matthew Ritchie, “The Temptation of the Diagram,” page 8 (2014) (image courtesy of El Segundo Museum of Art)

Used in numerous disciplines, from science and philosophy to sports and cooking, diagrams depict concepts, processes, and actions in visual form — pictures of ideas as opposed to pictures of things. Since being named Artist in Residence at the Getty Research Institute (GRI) in 2012, Matthew Ritchie has been collaborating with the GRI on an ambitious exploration of the diagram throughout human history.

Thomas Wright, “An original theory or new hypothesis of the universe,” Plate XVII (1750) (collection of the Getty Research Institute)

Ritchie will unveil the results of his research, a 27-foot-long work titled “The Temptation of the Diagram,” as part of the upcoming exhibition Noema, a term derived from a Greek word meaning “the content of a thought” or “thought-object.” The show will also feature an immersive room-sized version of the work, as well as a selection of 15 rare books lent by the GRI — including Sir Isaac Newton’s Optics (1704) and Marcel Duchamp’s A l’infinitif (1966) — that illustrate the diagram’s multifarious forms. Opening day events include a family-friendly scavenger hunt and collaborative spiral drawing, as well as remarks by David Brafman, a GRI Rare Books curator, Marcia Reed, the GRI chief curator, and Ritchie.

When: Opens Sunday, June 11, 10am–5pm (free admission)
Where: El Segundo Museum of Art (208 Main Street, El Segundo, California)

More info here.

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