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Lydia Smith Not Born Yesterday

LYDIA SMITH: Not Born Yesterday 

BRC Pop-Up Gallery 
March 8 - May 13, 2015 
BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) First Floor Lobby  
6500 Main St (corner of Main and University) 
Paid parking available in the BRC parking garage located on Dryden


Not Born Yesterday lies between the boundaries of sculpture and painting. This body of work references organic materials in a transitional state, amid active life and decay. The scale allows for a flexible interpretation of the installation. For example: allowing the composition to be read as a group of distant planets, or as enlarged microorganisms. These works illustrate Smith's experiments with industrial materials, particularly melting painted Tyvek. During the process of creating Not Born Yesterday, the Tyvek's plastic housing was warped and fused with color, a transformation that distorted the material from its original state. Smith further challenges the viewer's perception by adding a thin sheath of tulle to each piece, which acts a finishing wash of color.

Lydia Smith is a senior at Rice University with a double major in Anthropology and Visual and Dramatic Arts. For more information, please visit www.lydiasmith.co. Image courtesy of the artist.


Welcome to Rice Public Art

Art expands our capacity to perceive, understand and represent the world. Rice Public Art seeks to generate encounters with art that advance the culture of inquiry that characterizes our university. By incorporating site specific works into the campus landscape and interior spaces, the program aims to challenge and inspire the community to imagine its work and lives from unconventional and potentially transformative perspectives. Rice Public Art works in collaboration with The Shepherd School of Music, the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA), the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory (3CT), the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) and the student organization Art Lab, among others, in an effort to broadly integrate our programming into the academic life at Rice University. 

News and Updates

  • 'Black Ladder' fills Glasscock School's Anderson-Clarke Center with colorful lightHOUSTON (Aug. 12, 2014) "Black Ladder," a 30 foot tall sculpture created by French American artist Stephen Dean, was installed this month in the center's main stairwell window, which is set into the building's front façade. Dean's sculpture employs varied panels of dichroic glass framed within the form of a ladder and fills the entire width and height of the window. It was made possible by a donation from Rice alumnus and former Rice administrator H. Russell Pitman '58. 
  • Inaugural Sandra and Jim Robbins Lecture Series to Kick Off w/ Artist Daniel AnguiluHOUSTON - (Jul. 30, 2014) Rice Public Art is pleased to announce the inauguration of an annual lecture series supported by a generous gift from Sandra Robbins ('59) and her husband Jim Robbins. The series will, each year, illuminate a specific topic within the arts, driven primarily by student interest. The inaugural lecture, Robbins Vol 1: Graffiti, will feature a conversation with Houston artist Daniel Anguilu, Detroit-based writer Nichole Christian, and Houston-based art historian Laura Wellen, on September 17, 2014, 7 pm, Herring Hall 100. The program is free and open to the public.