Artist reception for Allison Hunter’s BRC pop-up gallery installation Feb. 13


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Artist reception for Allison Hunter’s BRC pop-up gallery installation Feb. 13

HOUSTON – (Feb. 12, 2013) – Rice Public Art is featuring a pop-up gallery installation by Rice University’s Humanities Artist-in-Residence Allison Hunter. A reception for the artist will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the university’s BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) at 6500 Main St. The pop-up gallery is located in the BRC’s first-floor lobby and will run through mid-April.

Rice University Art Director Molly Hubbard said Hunter’s photographs, “Untitled (elephants 1 & 2),” give prominence to wild animals often cluttered by the manufactured habitats of captivity. “As a scientist might isolate a gene or a protein, Hunter digitally removed and masked layers of visual noise that surrounded the elephants in their zoo environment,” Hubbard said. “The result reimagines these majestic creatures and renders them in a more dreamlike and mysterious space.”

A member of the university’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, Hunter has worked in photography, video, drawing, sculpture and installation for more than two decades. She has participated in video and sculpture art residencies at such institutions as the Banff Centre for the Arts in Calgary, Canada, and the Hermit Center for Metamedia in Plasy, Czech Republic. Hunter’s photographs are collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the University Art Museum at SUNY, the Albany Institute of History and Art and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions in the United States and Europe, including at the Kohler Center, Wisconsin; Project 304, Bangkok; Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt; and in solo exhibitions at Women and Their Work, Austin; Artspace, North Carolina; and DiverseWorks, Houston.

The BRC pop-up gallery is an opportunity for Rice Public Art to further its interdisciplinary mission and partnerships, both throughout the university and the Houston community. For more information about Rice Public Art, visit Parking is available in the BRC garage located on Dryden Road between Main Street and Travis Street.


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Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.