Moody Center for the Arts

Off the Wall: Harold Mendez

Saturday, Sep. 21, 2019 – Monday, Aug. 24, 2020

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For Harold Mendez, time is both a tool and a material. Drawing upon the complex narratives of his Mexican and Colombian heritage, Mendez sources photography and found objects from archives, public spaces, and sites of commemoration to create compositions that unearth and monumentalize forgotten histories.

As the inaugural artist in Rice Public Art’s Off the Wall series, Mendez’s site-speicific Field (Encounter) (2019) is drawn from the Keystone Mast Collection, a photographic archive of 350,000 stereoscopic photographs that documented the world between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth century. Evoking the skips on a film reel or the slips of a double exposure, breaks between each panel fracture a seamless image into moments of repetitive visibility.

Rice Public Art’s new Off the Wall series commissions a site-specific installation by a recent alumnus or alumna of the Core Residency Program at the Glassell School of Art. Each installation is on view for one year on the south wall of the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion, a modern structure designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners that houses a popular campus café. A new commission will be featured each year for three years.

This program is made possible by Raymond and Susan Brochstein, Deborah Brochstein and Steven Hecht.


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    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.

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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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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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