The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University opened on February 24th in Houston, Texas.  Michael Maltzan joined Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts; Ross Moody, chairman of the Moody Foundation; and Bobby Tudor, the Rice Board of Trustees Chair to lead the civic dedication held on the building’s Lantern Terrace.

The Moody Center is a state-of-the-art, non-collecting institution dedicated to transdisciplinary collaboration among the arts, sciences, and humanities. The 50,000-square foot facility is an experimental platform for creating and presenting works in all disciplines that includes a flexible teaching space to encourage new modes of making and a forum for creative partnerships with visiting national and international artists.  The Moody Center extends and enhances existing campus resources in the service of project-based initiatives that seek to bring together practitioners from varied academic and professional disciplines.

The Center’s inaugural exhibition program includes Green light — An artistic workshop by Olafur Eliasson; Nature & Politics by Thomas Struth; The Starry Messenger (2014) by Diana Thater; Flowers & People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year per Hour (2015) by teamLab; and dance performance Vespertine Awakenings by Dušan Týnek Dance Theater. Mona Hatoum will join the Moody as the Center’s first Leslie and Brad Bucher Artist-in-Residence in the Spring 2017.