Blaffer Art Museum presents Matthew Ritchie: “Surrender to the Diagram” Artist Talk

Matthew Ritchie
Matthew Ritchie Photo by Matthew Ritchie

New York-based artist Matthew Ritchie presents his new performance-based work, “Surrender to the Diagram: Toward a Complete Theory of Picture,” at the UH College of Architecture, followed by a reception at the Blaffer Art Museum.

“Surrender to the Diagram” is a movement-based performance-lecture developed by Ritchie in collaboration with students from the UH School of Art and College of Architecture within the framework of the seminar “Diagrammatic Visualization in Art and Theory” led by UH art history professor Dr. Natilee Harren. In the presentation, students are invited to become a living history of diagrams, referencing an operable dimensionality. This presentation forms part of Ritchie’s ongoing project to explore the diagram as an essential mode of artistic practice and offers both an artist’s history of the diagram and a partial overview of its status, presence and use today.

Ritchie presents diagrams, seen and hidden, as the pivotal mental architecture for exchange between the expansive spaces of prediction, memory, fantasy, language, metaphor and instruction. Looking at diagrams can help us question scale, distance, proximity and imagined immunity that define our use of shared informational spaces. By proposing new conventions of connection, these diagrammatic movements reinvigorate theories of picture and extend the possibilities of agency within them. The exposed, enacted diagram is a trace of our collective efforts to articulate and negotiate that almost impossible circumstance—reality itself.

Ritchie’s talk is part of the “Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context” lecture series co-hosted by the UH Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts’ School of Art and Blaffer Art Museum.

Event Details


3.2.17 | 5:00 pm


University of Houston College of Architecture Auditorium
4200 Elgin St.
Houston, TX 77004

Blaffer Art Museum
4188 Elgin St.
Houston, TX 77004


Ticket Info

Admission is free.