The Moody Center opens its stylish 50,000 square foot building, designed by Michael Malztan, on Feb. 24 with an array of programs and exhibits, including works and events by Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Struth, Diana Thater and Mona Hatoum.
I love this campus. I visit it nearly every weekend in the summer, walking along the oaks and squirrels.
The architecture is grand and the bright Texas sunrises and sunsets hits this campus just right. It’s kinda like being at Wizarding World (which is the closest I’ll ever get cause it costs a fortune to visit…) Rice has been my home away from home as I situation myself as a non-student living IRL away from TXST. But, if I applied to one of their crazy awesome writing/English programs right out of TXST, it would only lead me back around in circles because of their sans status of committed dance majors. On top of costing me thousands per semester.
The lack of truly immersive interdisciplinary research via dance, sadly, has me stalking the university from a distance. I’m confined to roaming the campus by bike and on foot, a temporary displaced academic looking in from the outside…
It’s my bittersweet ceremony.
But, more importantly, the Moody Center is a great thing for Rice’s arts reputation and the HTX dance community! It’s free. It’s expansive. It’s eager for creativity.
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.
- an experimental space for both fabrication and exhibition, with equal emphasis on process presentation; and
- an extraordinarily flexible teaching space to encourage new modes of making, learning and presenting; and
- a forum for creative partnerships with visiting national and international artists as well as the Houston arts community.
The interior of the Moody as a whole is designed with the intent of creating a sense of openness and possibility. Sightlines transect through spaces, creating layered views of the myriad activities playing across the building’s production, instructional and exhibition spaces. Simultaneously, views extend along major corridors and out to the campus, enabling building users to easily orient themselves, and facilitating direct access to studios, classrooms and shops. Extensive interior glazing offers views into learning, production and exhibition spaces with the intent of highlighting artistic process as a complement to the exhibition of finished works. Along the building’s north façade, a set of wide stairs rises from the first floor and turns back toward the interior, creating an interior amphitheater that serves as an informal social space.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Beginning February 25, 2017
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, and holidays
The exhibition spaces are free and open to the public.
ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER
Moody Center for the Arts
4100 Main Street, MS-480
Houston, TX 77005-1827
Perhaps this will be the final push for Rice to add Dance degrees, undergrad and graduate, to their distinguished list of programs. It’s long been my biggest problem with this gorgeous, elitist university.
I grew up with the assumption that I could apply for just about anything there because it’s so reputable across the city and nation. I have friends who’ve graduated from Rice and made it out into the world with little to no problems, with some thanks to their illustrious alma mater.
Then I learned that it’s a private research university, heavy on the STEM… with no dance program, just a student-run “recreation” club, Rice Dance Theatre–which is okay, but not what I’m looking for with grad school.
I must note that Rice does offer this grant program for teachers/performers through RDT:
Rice University Dance Program has created a semester long space residency that will be awarded to a Houston choreographer for the creation of new work. This residency will allow recipient free rehearsal space in the Gibbs Recreation Center’s Dance Theater. The recipient will present their work in early December in the Dance Theater. The Dance Artist in Residence will be expected to teach two to three technique classes for our student dance company, Rice Dance Theater (RDT), and hold two open rehearsals for RDT to view their choreographic process.
This local opportunity will most likely expand thanks to the Moody Center though, so keep your eye on it!
Anyways, go check out the Moody Center if you’re in town for–oh, I don’t know–Dance Salad in April! HTX welcomes the new space with opens arms and wide plies!
ATM I’m looking forward to this the most:
DUŠAN TÝNEK DANCE THEATRE
(February 25 – 27, 2017)
Sunday, February 26, 2017
DUŠAN TÝNEK AND KURT STALLMANN IN CONVERSATION
Lois Chiles Studio Theater
The choreographer and composer will discuss their mutual fascination with the artist James Turrell, as well as their collaborative process. $20 General Admission, $10 Student. Get tickets.
Also, their bringing TeamLab in from Tokyo!!!
FLOWERS & PEOPLE, CANNOT BE CONTROLLED BUT LIVE TOGETHER – A WHOLE YEAR PER HOUR (2015)
(February 24, 2017 – August 13, 2017)
teamLab is a Tokyo-based collective operating at the frontier of art and technology. Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together — A Whole Year per Hour (2015) is an interactive installation: sensors respond to visitors’ movements, causing flowers to sprout, bloom and wilt in an ever-changing cycle. Neither a pre-recorded animation nor a continuous loop, the work is created in real time by a computer program and highlights the complex relationships between art, science, nature and technology.