Moody Center for the Arts: Spring 2021

July 01, 2021

In the spring of 2021, the Moody Center for the Arts celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Rothko Chapel by presenting a unique group exhibition.

Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration highlighted the extraordinary impact the Rothko Chapel has had on both artists and the public since opening in 1971. Organized in two sections, the first part restaged the 1975 exhibition Marden, Novros, Rothko: Painting in the Age of Actuality organized at Rice University by Harris Rosenstein and supported by Dominique de Menil. This presentation was the first time the works by Brice Marden and David Novros were reunited since 1975, recreating the immersive experience that viewers had upon first seeing them installed at Rice. The second section looked to the future, highlighting works by contemporary artists of diverse ages, nationalities and backgrounds - Sam Gilliam, Sheila Hicks, Shirazeh Houshiary, and Byron Kim- as a means of exploring the wide-reaching influence of the non-denominational Chapel, and how its legacy has manifested through various media and aesthetics.

The Moody Center for the Arts organized a series of interdisciplinary programs around the exhibition, which took place in tandem with the Rothko Chapel’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in the spring of 2021.

This exhibition was curated by Frauke V. Josenhans, Associate Curator, Moody Center for the Arts.

The exhibition was made possible through the Moody Center for the Arts Founders Circle, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Elizabeth Lee Moody Excellence Fund for the Arts with additional support from the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation.

HCCTV Up To The Minute: June 17, 2021

June 17, 2021

On today’s Up To The Minute, , Dr. Frauke Josenhans, associate curator of Moody Center of the Arts at Rice University, reviews its current exhibitions. Interview begins at the 12:30 mark of the video.

Brie Ruais: Movement at the Edge of the Land

June 04, 2021

In the summer of 2021, the Moody Center for the Arts will present Brie Ruais: Movement at the Edge of the Land, the first institutional solo exhibition of the Brooklyn-based sculptor Brie Ruais (b. 1982, Southern California). The artist creates large-scale abstract ceramic pieces, which operate on the scale of an individual body yet dynamically engage the architectural or natural environment. Employing her own physical features and bodily force as an artistic tool, the sculptures are shaped by this burst of energy. The artist’s movement-based practice is legible through the scrapes, gouges, and gestures embedded in the surfaces and forms of the ceramic works.  Each sculpture is made with the equivalent of her body weight in clay, resulting in human-scale works that forge an intimacy with the viewer’s body. Through her collaborative engagement with raw materials like clay, dirt, and gravel, Ruais’s work generates a physical and sensorial experience that calls us to examine our relationship to the land.

The exhibition will feature a monumental installation of ceramic works, created specifically for the exhibition at the Moody, and displayed in dialogue with a series of new photographs and a video installation that document ephemeral interventions on the land. Arranged on both the floor and walls, the sculptures will interact with the galleries and the Rice campus, referencing the post-industrial transformation of the American West. A site-specific work in two parts will engage both the natural grounds outside the building, as well as the man-made container within.

This exhibition is curated by Frauke V. Josenhans, Associate Curator, Moody Center for the Arts

The exhibition is made possible by the Thomas D. and Pamela Riley Smith Endowment for the Moody Center for the Arts. Major support is provided by the Louis Sudler Endowment and the Brad and Leslie Bucher Artist Endowment. Additional support is provided by the Tamara de Kuffner Fund, the Robert Lehman Foundation, the Kilgore Endowment Fund, the Sewall Endowment and albertz benda, New York.

New Art/New Music: Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration

April 05, 2021

Responding to the Moody's spring exhibition Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration, Shepherd School of Music composers and musicians performed five new works. Video credit: Rice University Public Affairs, Brandon Martin.

Pae White's 'Triple Vertigo' debuts at Rice University

March 22, 2021

Ink on polished and electroplated stainless steel elements, cable
Pae White has created a site-specific installation for the rotunda of McNair Hall, home of the Jones Graduate School of Business. Responding to the existing architecture, ambient light, and the relationship between the elements and the viewer, colorful disks suspended from the ceiling form a dynamic, ever-changing sphere. Echoing the international background and global outlook of the students, faculty, and staff of Rice University’s Jones School of
Business, the suspended sculpture invokes the broader world, ideas of the future, and the scale of thought that can inspire positive change.
According to the artist, “My hope is that the artwork will reference a globe in flux, a globe where nothing is solidified or congealed – a colorful, shifting sphere of excitement, intrigue and agility. Surprise blushes of color and unexpected pattern groupings that change depending upon one’s viewing position reference a world of rewarding mysteries and surprises; a world worth exploring.”
This commission is made possible by the Jones Graduate School of Business

Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration

February 26, 2021

Join Frauke V. Josenhans, Associate Curator at the Moody Center for the Arts, for a tour of Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration. The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Rothko Chapel by highlighting the extraordinary impact the Chapel has had on both artists and the public since opening in 1971. Organized in two sections, the first part restages the 1975 exhibition Marden, Novros, Rothko: Painting in the Age of Actuality. The second section looks to the future, highlighting works by Sam Gilliam, Sheila Hicks, Shirazeh Houshiary, and Byron Kim. T

"States of Mind: Art and American Democracy" Featured Artist: Adriana Corral

December 16, 2020

Hear from featured States of Mind artist Adriana Corral, whose work "Latitudes" (2019) is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights debossed and embossed in English, Spanish, German and Japanese. In addition, Ylinka Barotto, associate curator at the Moody, discusses the importance of Corral’s work and its relationship to the exhibition.

"States of Mind: Art and American Democracy" Featured Artist: Camilo Godoy

December 02, 2020

Hear from featured States of Mind artist Camilo Godoy, whose work "Everybody knows they are guilty" (2013-) draws attention to the legacy of violence perpetrated by the government during his lifetime. Godoy discusses his work and the how the Moody's exhibition engages audiences with pressing issues of the time.

“States of Mind: Art and American Democracy” Featured Artist: Rodney McMillian

November 25, 2020

Hear from States of Mind: Art and American Democracy featured artist Rodney McMillian as he talks about his work “Untitled (The Supreme Court Painting,” (2004-2006). McMillian shares the inspiration behind his work and the impact he believes States of Mind has on current political conversations.

Moody Center for the Arts: Fall 2020

November 24, 2020

The Moody highlights its Fall 2020 season featuring States of Mind: Art and American Democracy. The exhibition reflects on some of the most pressing topics facing American democracy and is timed to coincide with the 2020 presidential election in order to encourage dialogue around current social and political issues.

Fall 2020: New Art/New Music

November 20, 2020

Responding to the Moody's fall exhibition States of Mind: Art and American Democracy, Shepherd School of Music students composed new works which were performed in the gallery. 

Featuring:
Joanna McDonald, composer
"A Glimpse" (2019)
Performer: Daniel Cho, violin

Jake Sandridge, composer
"Improvisation with radio feedback"

Auburn Lee, composer
"Untitled" (2018) for fixed media

States of Mind: A 360° Tour

November 13, 2020

Take a 360° tour of the Moody's fall exhibition States of Mind: Art and American Democracy. Each artist in the exhibition offers a discrete and potent account of how political issues directly affect our daily lives. By illuminating challenging, often entrenched policies, theses artists seek to foster discourse and propose social change. Experience the full 360° tour.

"States of Mind: Art and American Democracy" Featured Artist: Aram Han Sifuentes

October 28, 2020

Hear from States of Mind: Art and American Democracy featured artist Aram Han Sifuentes as she talks about her work Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can’t for the 2020 Presidential Election, (2020), a site-specific commission for the Moody Center for the Arts.

"States of Mind: Art and American Democracy" Featured Artist: Sandy Rodriguez

October 14, 2020

Hear from States of Mind: Art and American Democracy featured artist Sandy Rodriguez as she talks about her work “Mapa de Los Angeles: For Those Killed by Police in 2018” (2018). The exhibition, which reflects on some of the most pressing topics facing American democracy, is timed to coincide with the 2020 presidential election in order to encourage dialogue around current social and political issues.

"States of Mind: Art and American Democracy": A Curatorial Tour with Ylinka Barotto

October 01, 2020

Take a tour of the Moody's Fall 2020 exhibition States of Mind: Art and American Democracy with Associate Curator Ylinka Barotto.

Moody Center for the Arts: Summer 2020

September 18, 2020

The Moody highlights its Summer 2020 season featuring site-specific window installations by Ganzeer and Erin Curtis and responses to these works by performance poet The Outspoken Bean and Open Dance Project.

Open Dance Project: A Response to Erin Curtis' "Light Shift"

September 04, 2020

The Moody Center for the Arts commissioned Open Dance Project to respond to the second iteration of the Summer Window Series, "Light Shift" by Erin Curtis. Accompanied by music by Kirk Suddreath, the company of twelve interacted with the window art while masked and physically distanced, upholding COVID-19 safety protocols.

 

Summer Music Series: Sol Lewitt, "Wall Drawing #1115," (2014)

July 14, 2020

As part of the Moody's Summer Music Series, five composers from the Shepherd School of Music were commissioned to create original works responding to individual objects in Rice’s Public Art collection. Each composer wrote a short solo or duet to be performed in front of the artwork. The fourth composition in the series, “Iteration Etudes,” is inspired by Sol LeWitt's "Wall Drawing #1115," and is composed by Theo Chandler. It is performed by oboist Virginia McDowell.

Summer Music Series: Jaume Plensa, “Mirror," (2011)

July 07, 2020

As part of the Moody's Summer Music Series, five composers from the Shepherd School of Music were commissioned to create original works responding to individual objects in Rice’s Public Art collection. Each composer wrote a short solo or duet to be performed in front of the artwork. The third composition in the series, “In Our Own Likeness,” is inspired by Jaume Plensa’s “Mirror" (2011) and is composed by Jake Sandridge. It is performed by cellist Bree Ahern and clarinetist Roy Park.

Summer Music Series: Mark di Suvero, "Po-um" (Lyric) (2003)

June 30, 2020

As part of the Moody's Summer Music Series, five composers from the Shepherd School of Music were commissioned to create original works responding to individual objects in Rice’s Public Art collection. Each composer wrote a short solo or duet to be performed in front of the artwork. The second composition in the series is inspired by Mark di Suvero's Po-um (Lyric) (2003) and is composed by David Jones. It is performed by percussionist Aaron Smith.

Summer Music Series: Ursula von Rydingsvard, "Malutka II" (2018)

June 23, 2020

As part of the Moody's Summer Music Series, five composers from the Shepherd School of Music were commissioned to create original works responding to individual objects in Rice’s Public Art collection. Each composer wrote a short solo or duet to be performed in front of the artwork. The first composition, Of Wood, is inspired by Ursula von Rydingsvard's Malutka II (2018) and composed by Daniel Zlatkin. It is performed by cellist Russell Houston.

Ursula Von Rydingsvard: A Discussion

June 22, 2020

Alison Weaver, Moody Center for the Arts Executive Director, Alison de Lima Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,  and Dena Woodall, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, discuss artist Ursula Von Rydingsvard, the film "URSULA VON RYDINSVARD: INTO HER OWN" (2019), and her work.  This discussion is moderated by Marian Luntz, Curator of Film & Video at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Radical Revisionists: Artist Pascale Marthine Tayou

May 15, 2020

Pascale Marthine Tayou, whose work is featured in the Moody’s spring exhibition Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present, talks about the inspiration behind his three works Le Code Noir (2018), Jpegafrica/Africagift (2006), and Plastic Tree (2015).

Radical Revisionists: Exhibition Designer Carlos Jiménez

May 08, 2020

"Radical Revisionists" exhibition designer and Rice University Professor of Architecture Carlos Jiménez discusses his design process and the inspiration behind the gallery's color scheme.

Radical Revisionists: Consulting Curator Rachel Kabukala on Artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby

May 05, 2020

Consulting curator Rachel Kabukala discusses Radical Revisionists featured artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby's "In the Lavender Room" (2019), which is installed on the facade of the Moody building.

Moody Center for The Arts: Spring 2020

April 21, 2020

The Moody highlights its Spring 2020 season featuring Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present. The exhibition presents works by artists from Africa and the Diaspora who problematize Eurocentric tropes of race, representation and prevailing colonial narratives. The season included a performance by artist Serge Attukwei Clottey and Black Bodies in White Spaces, an evening event choreographed by Harrison Guy.

Hear from the Artist: Robin Rhode

April 14, 2020

Featured in the Moody's spring exhibition Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present, artist Robin Rhode talks about the inspiration behind his work, “The Point of Vanishing” (2012-2013). 

Moody Center for the Arts: Fall 2019

December 15, 2019

The Moody highlights its Fall 2019 season in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space flight. Moon Shot presents works responding to the moon landing by a selection of innovative artists working from 1969 to the present. Artists featured include Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Laurie Anderson’s and Hsin-Chien Huang, as well as Siah Armajani, Matthew Day Jackson, Nancy Graves, Rachel Rose, Katy Schimert, and Michelle Stuart.

Moody Center for The Arts: Spring 2019

June 01, 2019

The Moody highlights its Spring 2019 season focusing on ecology and the environment and featuring Natasha Bowdoin's Sideways to the Sun, Michele Blazy's We Were the Robots, and Justin Brice Guargilia's We are the Asteroid III with performances by Poncili Creacion and Machine Dazzle.

Moody Center for The Arts: Fall 2018

December 15, 2018

The Moody highlights its Fall 2018 season featuring Matthew Ritchie's The Demon in the Diagram, and performances by Silkroad Ensemble and artist-in-residence Hope Mohr.

We Make Carpets: Moody Center for the Arts

October 05, 2018

The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University commissioned Dutch collective We Make Carpets to create a site-specific installation for its Central Gallery. This exhibition is the first time that Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten, and Bob Waardenburg, the artists of We Make Carpets, show their colorful and surprising work in the U.S.

Moody Center for The Arts: Spring 2018

June 01, 2018

The Moody highlights its Spring 2018 season featuring Josiah McElheny's Island Universe, Leo Villareal's Particle Chamber, and Pile the Wood High!, organized by Rice Professor Lisa Lapinski.

Moody Center for The Arts: Fall 2017

December 01, 2017

The Moody highlights its Fall 2017 season featuring Mickalene Thomas' Waiting on a Prime Time Star and performances by Hope Stone, Jarrod Beck and Da Camera.

Moody Center for the Arts: Spring 2017

July 07, 2017

The Moody’s inaugural programming includes Olafur Eliasson’s Green Light Artistic Workshop, photographs by Thomas Struth, a large-scale installation by the Tokyo art collective teamLab, a video installation by Diana Thater, a new 3-D paintbrush developed by Google, the production of An Iliad—a reimagining of Homer’s classic for the modern world, and internationally acclaimed Beirut-born Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum as the first artist-in-residence.

 

Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University

July 06, 2017

The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University was designed by renowned Los Angeles-based architect Michael Maltzan. The architect’s striking contemporary design, with its bold geometric shapes and inviting transparency, will create a beacon on Rice’s campus while affirming the Moody’s mission to foster connections across disciplines.

Opening on February 24, 2017, the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University is a state-of-the-art, 50,000-square-foot facility dedicated to cross-disciplinary collaboration between the arts, sciences and humanities. The building will serve as an experimental platform for creating and presenting works in all disciplines, a flexible teaching space to encourage new modes of learning, and a forum for creative partnerships with visiting national and international artists.