American artist Mickalene Thomas, a concert-theater work and a new series of site-specific public art projects will headline the fall season at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts and Rice Public Art.
“Racquel Reclining Wearing Purple Jumpsuit” by Mickalene Thomas.
“We’ve put together an exciting fall lineup that is an expression of the Moody’s mission to foster interdisciplinary conversation through the arts,” said Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of the center. “From Mickalene Thomas’ lush paintings examining the representation of African-American women to a multimedia concert inspired by Proust’s masterpiece and a new public art series that reactivates the collection, we hope visitors will make the arts at Rice a part of their regular cultural experience.”
The Moody launches its fall season with the solo exhibition “Mickalene Thomas: Waiting on a Prime-Time Star,” opening Sept. 28, and “A Proust Sonata,” a multimedia concert-theater work inspired by Proust’s early 20th-century masterpiece “In Search of Lost Time,” opening Nov. 16. Rice Public Art will launch “Platform,” a groundbreaking series of temporary, site-specific public art projects. Artist Jarrod Beck will inaugurate the series in October with “Origin, 135 degrees,” produced in response to Michael Heizer’s monolithic sculpture, “45°, 90°, 180°.”
Schedule and programming:
“Mickalene Thomas: Waiting on a Prime-Time Star”Sept. 28-Jan. 13Brown Foundation and Central galleries, Moody Center for the Arts
“Mickalene Thomas: Waiting on a Prime-Time Star” will feature paintings, photographs, collages, prints and mixed-media works that explore the artist’s complex vision of female sexuality, identity and power. Thomas’ portraits, landscapes and interiors examine how African-American women are represented in art and popular culture and confront assumptions about what defines the female experience in the 21st century. Thomas’ work draws on her close study of art history and the classical genres of portraiture and landscape. Inspired by diverse sources from Romare Bearden, Édouard Manet, …