Jesús Moroles Works Dedicated

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May 3, 2016 - Rice Public Art supporters dedicated "Musical Stele" and "Waves Column," two permanent installations and the newest additions to the Rice Public Art collection by acclaimed Texas sculptor Jesús Bautista Moroles. The works were previously on long-term loan to the university. The granite sculptures are installed on the grounds of the Cohen House, a central campus gathering place for Rice faculty, staff, students, and friends. “These works, both corporeal and monumental at once, reveal our relationship with the natural world through a formal reworking of granite’s inherent qualities,” said Caroline Walker, associate director of Rice Public Art. “Moroles’ enjoyment in transforming granite, and leaving its raw original state, is evident in both works, which are strong examples of the late artist’s recent work.”

“Waves Column,” 2003, installed outdoors in the Cohen House courtyard, presents a rhythmic, undulating form, as its name suggests. “Musical Stele,” 2004, of a more intimate scale, is installed in the Cohen House lobby and takes a wholly different approach in its rigid staccato form, punctuated by an absence of granite and finely carved horizontal keys.

Moroles’ sculptures will complement other sculptures in Rice’s public art collection, which features noted works by artists such as Jaume PlensaJames Surls and Michael Heizer. To learn more about the artist, click here.

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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 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

  • Jesús Moroles Works DedicatedMay 3, 2016 - Rice Public Art supporters dedicated "Musical Stele" and "Waves Column," two gifts from Rick "Ricky Ray" Behrend '77 by acclaimed Texas sculptor Jesús Bautista Moroles. The works were previously on long-term loan, and are on view on the grounds of the Cohen House.
  • John Henry's Archer InstalledFebruary 25, 2016 - “Archer", a bright red, 14 foot tall aluminum sculpture by artist John Henry, is the newest permanent installation in Rice University’s public art collection. The sculpture was recently installed in the outdoor area near Brockman Hall for Physics, and was made possible through a generous gift to Rice by Leslie ’69 and Brad Bucher '65. 
  • Geoff Winningham's Photographs Currently On View at BRCJanuary 22, 2016 - A selection of works from Professor Geoff Winningham's recent project, Of the Soil Photographs of Vernacular Architecture and Stories of Changing Times in Arkansas, will be on view through May, 2016. The photographs, and a book by the same name, capture folk architectures of the region, and their stories.
  • Katie Grinnan's Astrology Orchestra Fills Skyspace with Sculpture, SoundNovember 14, 2015 - On a sunny Saturday during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace was filled to capacity with audience members, visiting alumni, curious passerby, performers and stringed instruments. The Skyspace was the site of artist Katie Grinnan’s Astrology Orchestra, an ongoing symphonic performance project.