Moody Center for the Arts

Natasha Bowdoin: Sideways to the Sun

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 – Saturday, May. 18, 2019


Natasha Bowdoin: Sideways to the Sun
Central Gallery
January 25 – May 18, 2019

Known for collages that explore our connection with the natural world and celebrate the potential of mutable form, Natasha Bowdoin creates a site-specific installation commissioned by the Moody Center for the Arts. Sideways to the Sun will offer a new orientation towards nature.  Bringing the outside in, Bowdoin will populate the gallery with larger-than-life springtime abundance, carnivorous plants, and creeping vines, inspired by such far-reaching sources as cartoons and 1800s scientific illustrations, 1970s floral textiles, French film director George Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon, and factual and fictional exploration narratives. Bowdoin beckons us into the thicket, to wander deep into the potentially savage precincts of the natural world, where unknown possibilities lie in the overgrowth.


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  • 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

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