Photo: Brandon Martin, Rice University

The Moody is pleased to host Rice Architecture Construct's Six Projects on Accessory Dwelling, a pop-up exhibition of current research and building. Experience +House, a 350 square foot secondary dwelling built by students for Agape, a Third Ward outreach program. Learn about Accessory, five speculative proposals for garage apartments designed in collaboration with the Menil Collection and prototyped at the Moody. Discover how a type of informal housing is being adapted to address issues of affordability, sustainability, and social change.

Construct, Rice Architecture’s design-build program, challenges students to contribute directly to the built environment, working with community partners to create projects with lasting effects and resources for those they serve while building knowledge through research and experience.

This pop-up exhibition is on view in the Moody's Creative Open Studio through September 1, 2018.

Moody Center for the Arts building detail. Photo: Nash Baker

Lecture Taking Positions: Making Exhibitions of Architecture and Design

August 30, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion with Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at The Art Institute of Chicago, followed by comments by Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director at the Moody, and Q&A with the audience.

This event is the first of a four-part, public lecture series held in conjunction with the Rice University Humanities Research Center (HRC) Masterclass “Futures of the Architectural Exhibition,” organized by Reto Geiser, Associate Professor, Rice Architecture, and Michael Kubo, Assistant Professor, College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston.

This event is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Rice University Arts Initiative Fund.

Matthew Ritchie. Relative Queen (installation view), 2017. Oil and ink on canvas, on wallpaper. 50 x 55 inches, wallpaper dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.
September 21 - December 22, 2018
Central and Brown Foundation Galleries
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The Moody will present an engaging new exhibition and public program by New York based artist Matthew Ritchie (b. 1964). The Demon in the Diagram is a multi-layered, site-specific installation that includes paintings, lightboxes, an interactive floor and audio work commissioned for the Moody, and a virtual reality component. The project highlights Ritchie’s deep investigation into the history of the diagram as a means of mapping both human knowledge and lived experience. On view September 21 through December 22, 2018, the exhibition will be installed in the Moody’s Central and Brown Foundation Galleries.

The Demon in the Diagram explores the structures created to map the history of time in the same way Ritchie’s earlier projects examined graphic diagrams of space. The exhibition includes elements from Ritchie’s newest body of work, Time Diagrams, an ambitious one-hundred-part sequence of diagrammatic works that attempt to chronicle structural features of human thought over the past 5,000 years. Audiences are invited to engage with two interactive elements commissioned for the Moody: a collaborative 3-D sculptural environment called ‘the Screen Game’ (in a playful nod to English science fiction novelist J.G. Ballard) that explores music and pedagogy through an interactive soundscape created with Ritchie’s longtime collaborators, musicians Kelley Deal, lead guitarist of the Breeders, and noted composer and clarinetist Evan Ziporyn, and an immersive virtual reality (VR) work that inverts the familiar role of VR by open-casting any viewer as a performer, a ghostlike figure nestled inside the demon.

This project, Ritchie’s most complex to date, has been designed specifically for the Moody’s galleries as an open experiment in pedagogy. Both visitors and students will have the opportunity to participate in many aspects of the installation. For example, they can contribute to a durational musical work that will evolve over the fall months. The combination of elements will immerse the viewer in Ritchie’s creative vision of human history as a debatable and reconfigurable space, while encouraging the hands-on exploration of multiple systems of meaning.

Matthew Ritchie. Relative Queen (installation view), 2017. Oil and ink on canvas, on wallpaper. 50 x 55 inches, wallpaper dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.

In conjunction with his exhibition The Demon in the Diagram at the Moody, Matthew Ritchie will serve as the second Leslie and Brad Bucher Artist-in-Residence. During his residency, he will also interact with ten Rice University courses from diverse fields including literary theory, mathematics, experimental music composition, drawing, and video art.

Matthew Ritchie (b. 1964, London, England) lives and works in New York City. A graduate of the Camberwell School of Art (BFA, 1986), Ritchie is concerned with structures of knowledge and the systems humans devise to categorize and visualize meaning. Ritchie incorporates a wide range of media into his practice, including drawing, sculpture, laser-cut vinyl, lightboxes, computer programs, live performance, writing, and music.

Ritchie’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at numerous institutions, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; and the Dallas Museum of Art. His work has been featured in the Whitney Biennial, the Sydney Biennale, and the Bienal de Sao Paulo, and is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the MIT List Visual Arts Center, among others. Ritchie recently unveiled a four-story public artwork on the Cornell Tech campus in New York titled Everything that Rises Must Converge (2017). This year Ritchie completed a long-term collaboration with the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles that resulted in a book, edition, and installation titled, The Temptation of the Diagram.