Matthew Ritchie, Silkroad Ensemble bring celebrated cross-disciplinary collaborations to campus
An artist whose acclaimed works are the product of cross-disciplinary collaborations with scientists, engineers, musicians, architects and programmers is taking over the Moody Center for the Arts this fall. In addition to a site-specific installation with a virtual reality (VR) component that will span two galleries in the Moody, Matthew Ritchie’s work will also extend across campus to 10 different Rice University classrooms during his 2 1/2-month residency.
Commissioned specifically to be in dialogue with the Skyspace, composer George Lewis’s “Remains of the Sky (2018)” will run through Nov. 4. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow)
“As the Brad and Leslie Bucher Artist-in-Residence, (Ritchie) will be on campus working with students and visitors throughout the fall, bringing the work to life and engaging with a diverse array of classes including literary theory, math and musical composition,” said Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of the Moody Center.
“Matthew Ritchie: The Demon in the Diagram” launches the Moody’s fall programming Sept. 21. Ritchie will offer an all-day, open-to-the-public print workshop under the direction of master printmaker Patrick Masterson and Rice University Printing Professor Karin Broker Sept. 25, hosted by the Visual and Dramatic Arts department, and will give an artist-in-dialogue talk Oct. 25.
Additionally, the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble has been engaged for a three-year residency at Rice in partnership with the Moody and the Boniuk Institute, with generous support from the June B. and Brian J. Zwan Visiting Distinguished Scholar Endowment. The Silkroad Ensemble, founded by internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, will perform at the Moody Sept. 24 as part of a panel discussion on arts and leadership led by the director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, Tom Kolditz. The ensemble, comprised of musicians representing dozens of nationalities and artistic traditions, will also participate in a public panel on cultural diplomacy at …