Our beloved “temporary” Media Center building, brought into being by the visionary and generative deMenils, having entered its 50th year, remains as off-beat and productive a hub of arts education, production, and exhibition as ever. One might say that spirit resides in the mission rather than physical space and bones, but with the Media Center it's impossible to separate spirit from matter. This 50th anniversary year we celebrate both, with a typically rich, diverse line-up of screenings, panels, and exhibitions. One event, stunning in its synchronicity of creative duration of facility and faculty is our exhibition of Geoff Winningham’s seminal series of black and white photographs, Friday Night in the Coliseum, made at the Media Center in its inaugural year. The night of Geoff’s opening, February 22nd, we are also showcasing 50 years of student films. Another long-term faculty member closely associated with the Media Center, Brian Huberman (hired by founding Media Center Director, James Blue), will host various film related events in February, including presenting his new film in working progress (with collaborator Ed Hugetz),Once I moved like the wind: Geronimo’s final surrender.
In anticipating a new student arts building on the sight of the Media Center, we are on the verge of a new era that promises to carry forth the mission initiated by the deMenils, and catalyze a set of relationships across VADA’s arts disciplines, within the arts and Humanities, and between the creative arts and various disciplines throughout campus. The new building, as host to collaborative film festivals, exhibitions, theater productions, and public lectures, will continue to play a large role in engaging the community in Houston (and beyond), a key objective of Rice university. We welcome you to join us in celebrating the Media Center’s 50 years of creative impact on the Rice campus.
Grace Christian Vietti Chair
Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts
50th celebration schedule (all events at Rice Media Center)