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Urban Impressions: Experiencing the Global Contemporary Metropolis

Fall 2022

September 16 - December 17, 2022
Moody Center for the Arts
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Urban Impressions: Experiencing the Global Contemporary Metropolis considers the complexities of the modern metropole through a broad and diverse selection of artists from around the globe. Starting with the question “What makes the metropolis?” the exhibition examines our sensorial and physical engagement with urban landscapes and the experiential impact of the built environment.

Ranging from sculpture and painting to video and installation, the works on view question defining features of a city—from population density to sensory overload—and thus foreground the central role that the arts and humanities play in the critical conversation about how urban centers affect the mind and bodies of its inhabitants.

The artists presented in the exhibition include Rana Begum, Kahlil Irving, Julie Mehretu, Sohei Nishino, Emeka Ogboh, Robin Rhode, Seher Shah, Liu Wei, and Michael Wolf, as well as Houston-based artists, such as Charis Ammon, Tiffany Chung, Mary Flanagan, and Rick Lowe, and each contributes to an urgent and global dialogue on the overarching aspects of city life. Select artworks in the exhibition reference Houston itself, specifically its structure as a decentered, sprawling metropolitan area.

Anchored in the Moody galleries, the exhibition expands outwards to include site-specific visual and performative interventions situated across Rice’s campus, creating dispersed points of connection between the visitor, art, nature, and the built environment.

Urban Impressions, with its decentralized and multisensorial presentation, highlights alternate modes of perception and encourages a more inclusive discourse about how artists experience and record the world around us and help articulate and process a complex reality.

The exhibition, organized by Frauke V. Josenhans, Curator, will be activated by a variety of programs and collaborations with other institutions, including the Rice School of Architecture, and is made possible by the Moody Center for the Arts Founders Circle.