Matthew Ritchie

2018-19 Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist at MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology

Artistic explorations of existence and scale

Matthew Ritchie is a contemporary artist based in New York who works in installation, performance, painting, drawing, sculpture and sound. Ritchie’s work addresses questions about the nature of the universe and our understanding of it and asks what these enigmas might look like when manifested through artistic creation.

As the 2018-19 Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist, Ritchie will work in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of MIT artists, faculty and students. Through painting, drawing, sculpture, sound and movement, Ritchie’s work at MIT will explore questions of space and time, language and vision, the nature of diagrams and the limits of scientific inquiry. This multifaceted collaboration will give rise to both artistic products and technological applications.

Ritchie’s envisioned collaborative works include a recycled glass reef, a nano-scale proto-language, and a multisite musical performance situated throughout the MIT campus.

Matthew Ritchie was born in London, England, in 1964, and lives and works in New York. He received a BFA from Camberwell School of Art, London, and attended Boston University. His artistic mission has been no less ambitious than questioning the various systems we use to represent and visualize the universe and the relationships between the structures of knowledge and belief that we use to understand it.

Matthew Ritchieʼs installations integrating painting, wall drawings, light boxes, performance, sculpture and moving image are investigations into the complex and transient nature of information. His works describe generations of systems, ideas and their subsequent interpretations in a kind of cerebral web, concretizing ephemeral and intangible theories of information and time. Ritchie has engaged in many cross-disciplinary collaborations, extending his own projects to explore the possibility of shared systems and aggregations in contexts as diverse as opera, contemporary music, architecture, horticulture, urban design, theology and science.

Ritchie has had over twenty-five solo exhibitions throughout his career. Ritchie’s work has been exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; MASS MoCA; the SFMoMA; The Guggenheim and the MoMA, among others. Ritchie has also been involved in over 100 group exhibitions since 1990 at an international level.

Ritchie’s previous work at MIT includes Games of Chance and Skill (2002), a public art installation in the MIT Zesiger Center; Darkness Visible (2009), a performance with Bryce Dessner at the Broad Institute, that developed into a multi-year collaboration with Dessner and Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music Evan Ziporyn at MIT, including The Morning Line, ZKM Karlsruhe and The Long Count / The Long Game (2015), a multimedia performance at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston featuring MIT faculty and alumni.

More at the artist’s website: Matthew Ritchie

Upcoming Events


Fall 2018 Residency Visits

October 2-4, 2018

November 13-14, 2018

December 10-12, 2018

Caroline Jones, Professor of History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art, MIT

Evan Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music, MIT

Peter Fisher, Professor and Department Head, Physics, MIT

Matthew Ritchie at the ICA, where the British-born, New York-based artist had an 18-month residency. Credit: Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe.
Matthew Ritchie at the ICA, where the British-born, New York-based artist had an 18-month residency. Credit: Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe.