Moody Center for the Arts

Moon Shot: Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 – Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019


To the Moon is an immersive virtual reality experience by American musician, multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker Laurie Anderson (b. 1947) and Taiwanese new media artist Hsin-Chien Huang (b. 1966). Created in 2018 in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, it is inspired by a Chinese fable about an artist who spends a lifetime creating a detailed landscape painting, then walks into it and disappears.

During this 15-minute journey, you’ll travel to the Moon, initially assuming the body of an astronaut and exploring imaginary terrain before morphing into other forms. Constellations of soon-to-be extinct animals, piles of plastic trash, and literary, political and scientific references will appear and disappear, ultimately transforming into an exploding cosmos of stars. It is not a realistic simulation of space travel, but a journey of the imagination. Anderson says, “The way we’re using this technology allows you to be free: you are not presented with a work of art as is that can’t change, you walk into it, fly into it, you become it.”


  • Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Hours change based on exhibition.
  • Free Hours: Always free and open to the public. Closed Sundays, Mondays, University Holidays, and during installation periods. Please check our website to confirm an exhibition is on view before planning your visit.

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • The Moody Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Rice University, and is best reached by using Campus Entrance 8 at the intersection of University Boulevard and Stockton Street. As you enter campus, the building is on the right, just past the Media Center. There is a dedicated parking lot adjacent to the building. Payment for the Moody Lot is by credit card only. Maps are available at rice.edu/maps

Special Offers / Dining

Moody Cafe
Enjoy a coffee, beverage, or light bite to eat at the Moody Cafe, operated by Salento. The Cafe is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-2pm; visitors are also invited to use the laptop bar overlooking the Central Gallery (with free wi-fi) during open hours.

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