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Learn more about past Rice Public Art programs and events (2008 - present).


    Dorin Azerad Reception  

Dorin Azérad "Particulate" @ BRC Pop-Up Gallery (May 23-August 12, 2016) 

A new installation of photographs by  recent Rice graduate Dorin Azérad on view during Summer, 2016. Of her work, Azérad writes, "I picked up my first film camera eight years ago and have photographed almost exclusively with it ever since. Shortly after moving to Houston to attend Rice, I was struck by the unpredictability of the Houston sky. The cloud's narrative wanders, a story of movement and drift." Azérad graduated from Rice University in 2016 with a B.A. in Anthropology and Visual and Dramatic Arts. 

    John Henry Archer  

Dedication of Two Sculptures by Jesús Moroles (May 3, 2016)

Rice University dedicated “Musical Stele” and “Waves Column,” two permanent installations by acclaimed Texas sculptor Jesús Bautista Moroles. The installations were previously on long-term loan to the university. The acquisition of Moroles’ work was made possible through a gift to Rice by alumnus Rick “Ricky Ray” Behrend '77, a Houston arts patron.  

    Charles Mary Kubricht  

Charles Mary Kubricht Photographs Restored (April 27, 2016)

Four large-scale photographs on canvas, "paraMuseum: Environmental Exigencies" by Charles Mary Kubricht, recently underwent cleaning, restoration and re-framing. The project served to preserve the work's longevity for decades to come as they contribute to the vitality of the Rice University permanent collection of public art. The works, which are 8' x 4' each, were re-installed in the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion, a pivotal gathering space for the Rice Community, in April.  

    Jessica Stockholder Artist Talk  

Jessica Stockholder Artist Talk (April 7, 2016)

Artist talk by Jessica Stockholder, to discuss past and current projects, including her newest public work, "Color Jam Houston:, part of Art Blocks in Main Street Square in Downtown Houston.  With introductions by Rice Gallery Director Kim Davenport and Blaffer Art Museum Director Claudia Schmuckli, who discussed Stockholder's previous projects in Houston: an installation at Rice Gallery in 2004, and a 2004 solo exhibition at the University of Houston Blaffer Gallery: Jessica Stockholder, Kissing the Wall: Works, 1988-2003. Co-presented by the Blaffer Art Museum and Rice Public Art with special thanks to Judy and Scott Nyquist and Weingarten Art Group for their support.

    Listening Event  

Listening Event - SOUND by semigloss. Magazine (April 6, 2016)

Rice Public Art and semigloss. Magazine co-presented a listening event of the latest issue, SOUND, at the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.

“In the beginning was the spoken word, ambient sound, noise, music and silence; all allowed artists to transform the visual arts into a new and third realm… and had become both the subject and the object of art.” - Suzanne Delehanty

Editor-in-Chief Sally Glass and Art Director Bradly Brown made remarks to introduce the issue, played on a vinyl record, which included works by Nino Baumgartner, M, and Peter Lucas, among others.

    John Henry Archer  

John Henry "Archer" Dedication (February 24, 2016)

"Archer," a permanent installation on campus, was dedicated with the artist and Rice Public Art supporters present.  The acquisition was made possible by a very generous gift from Leslie '69 and Brad Bucher '65. A 14-foot tall red aluminum abstract work, "Archer" is influenced by the Constructivist and Minimalist movements, and is located between Brockman Hall for Physics and George R. Brown Hall.

    Geoff Winningham  

Geoff Winningham "Of the Soil" @ BRC Pop-Up Gallery (January 22 - May 18, 2016)

Geoff Winningham
holds the Lynette S. Autrey Chair in the Humanities at Rice University. His most recent project, " Of the Soil: Photographs of Vernacular Architecture and Stories of Changing Times in Arkansas", captures folk architecture of the region and the stories that accompany them.  Winningham exhibited a selection of works from that project, which began in the early 1980s, and was expanded by Winningham re-visiting the original architecture, in 2010.

    Geoff Winningham  

"Astrology Orchestra" by Katie Grinnan (November 14, 2015)

Co-presented by Rice Public Art and DiverseWorks at the James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.

"Astrology Orchestra" is an ongoing symphonic performance project in which each instrument represents a planetary position and maps the artist’s astrological birth chart. Echoing Turrell’s pyramidal structure, Grinnan refers to ancient astrology, which relies solely on planets that can be seen with the naked eye. Shepherd School of Music students wrote a new composition for the handmade instruments and performed the piece to a standing-room only audience. Grinnan has performed this work in other significant locations including Venice Beach, the 60-inch telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory, and the Integratron, a structure designed and built by ufologist George Van Tassell in the 1950s. This performance was presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Katie Grinnan: Nocturnal Hologram",  at DiverseWorks 9/11 – 11/14/15.

    Susannah Mira Loose Ends  

Susannah Mira "Loose Ends" @ BRC Pop-Up Gallery (September 24, 2015 - January 6, 2016)

The installation by artist and Rice staff member Susannah Mira, titled Loose Ends, incorporated hundreds of salvaged plastic display hooks, confronting notions of consumption, value, and the environmental impact of material trends.

    Bucher Havel for web  

Debra Barrera "Asymmetric Seekers" Opening Reception (September 2015)

A reception was held on September 9, 2015 in the lobby of Brockman Hall for Physics to inaugurate Rice Public Art's permanent installation, Asymmetric Seekers,  a large screen-printed work by  Debra Barrera and Carlos Hernandez that represents the history and evolution of scientific discovery. Barrera was an artist in residence in the Department of Physics, gleaning images that scientists and students work with in the course of their research. The resultant installation presents silkscreened medallions that each correspond to a field of study within physics and astronomy. 

    Lydia Smith for web  

Lydia Smith "Not Born Yesterday" @ BRC Pop-Up Gallery (March 13 - May 13, 2015)

Senior Lydia Smith's installation
lies between the boundary of sculpture and painting. Referencing organic material in a liminal state through the use of Tyvek, tulle and spray paint, Smith's work is a visible result of the labor inherent in her process. Smith was awarded the Watson Fellowship, which is allowing her to continue her research abroad. Follow her travels here.

    Bucher Havel for web  

Between-ness: Brad Bucher and Joseph Havel, in Conversation (February 2015)

Artist Joseph Havel, who is also director of the Glassell School of Art, and Brad Bucher '65, art patron, discussed the generation of the work "In Play", which is located on the lawn of the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Art. Click here for a full video of the discussion, which touched on many topics, including art history, Havel's practice and public art.

    Karin Broker Reception Image  

Karin Broker "damn girls" @ BRC Pop-Up Gallery (December 2014 - February 28, 2015)

Karin Broker
is a Professor of Printmaking and Drawing for Rice University's Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts. Using Conte on Formica panels, Broker depicts large-scale bouquets of lush, overripe blooms in the manner of the Dutch masters. The text in each image provides a gender-based armature, as Broker obsessively compiled the text by researching the names and significant events involving women that span centuries.

    Robbins Lecture Series Image for Web  

Robbins Lecture (September 17, 2014)

Rice Public Art held a panel discussion and series of program  supported by a generous gift from Sandra Robbins ('59) and her husband Jim Robbins. The programs were based around the topic of graffiti art, and included conversations and artwork made by Houston artist Daniel Anguilu, along with Detroit-based writer Nichole Christian and Houston-based art historian Laura Wellen.

    360 Degrees Vanishing Rendering  

360 Degrees Vanishing Beaders Work at BRC (July 21 - August 29, 2014)

Rice Public Art was proud to be a sponsor of this project by Selven O'Keef Jarmon and Art League Houston. The X-Lab on Floor 2 of the BRC served as a studio for four South African beaders, ALH staff and volunteers who worked to build a massive beaded tapestry to be installed on the exterior of the Art League building in 2015. For more on Selven O'Keef Jarmon's project, click here. 

    Hwa White Lotus    

Choi Jeong-Hwa "White Lotus Blossom" Installation (April 8 - May 16, 2014)

Part of the Chao Center for Asian Studies' festival, " My Voice Would Reach You: Capital. Art. Culture: Contemporary Asian Art". Made possible by a generous loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

    The Retrieval  

"The Retrieval" Film Screening (April 2014)

Students and faculty from the Shepherd School of Music and the Visual and Dramatic Arts Department attended a special screening of "The Retrieval", a feature-length film about a journey on the edges of the Civil War. The film was produced and directed by Rice alumnus Chris Eska.
    Linarejos Moreno Pop Up  

Linarejos Moreno @ BRC Pop-Up Gallery (April - June 2014)

Cutting and Rebounding (I-Almazara), 2010/12 is work by visiting Fulbright Research Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Madrid through Rice University. 
    Dario Robleto Lecture  

Dario Robleto "Love Survives the Death of Cells" Lecture & Reception

(March 2014)

    Rice Historical Society  

Rice Historical Society Presentation

(March 2014)

    Beeville Students  

Beeville ISD Visit to Rice Public Art

(March 2014)

    ubiks Cube Pop Up Gallery  

Rubiks Cubes @ BRC Pop-Up Gallery

(January 2014)

    Dougherty Screening  

Patrick Dougherty "Bending Sticks" Film Screening & Artist Talk

(January 2014)

    Berlin Wall  

Berlin Wall Section Memorial Restoration

(November 2013)

    Inuskuit Performance  

Inuksuit Performance at Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace

(September 2013)

    di Suvero Installation  

Mark di Suvero "Po-um (Lyric") Installation

(July 2013)

    Jim Love Jack Thumb  

Jim Love "Jack" Dedication (May 2013)

  Allison Hunter Recept  

Allison Hunter Reception (February 2013)

    Lovett Statue Thumb  

Edgar Odell Lovett Statue Dedication (October 2012)

    Skyspace Public Opening  

Skyspace Public Opening (June 2012)

    Skyspace Patron Preview Event  

Skyspace Patron Preview Event (May 2012)

    Jaume Plensa Dedication  

Jaume Plensa Mirror Reception(February 2012)

  Hard hats and heels  

Hard Hats and Heels (Nov 2011) 

    Turrell Groundbreaking  

Turrell Skyspace Groundbreaking (May 2011)

    Turrell Toast  

Turrell Toast (April 2011)

    The Black List Project  

 The Black List Project: a Multimedia Presentation Organized by HumanArt (February 2011)

    Surls Magnificent Seven Opening  

Surls Magnificent Seven Opening (March 2010)

    Lino Tagliapietra Launch  

Lino Tagliapietra Launch (October 2008)