Community-based Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton project debuts Oct. 27 at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton
Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton
Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton.

HOUSTON – (Oct. 25, 2022) – The latest project led by noted Houston-based artist Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, former Houston poet laureate and current artist in residence at the Rice University Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL), opens to the public at the Moody Center for the Arts Oct. 27. An opening reception will take place at the Moody from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening.

Titled “_____ as Myth,” the exhibition is the latest installation in the Moody Project Wall series and runs through Jan. 14.

A collaboration between Mouton, other artists and Rice students inspired by Mouton’s forthcoming memoir “Black Chameleon,” the exhibition investigates the ways in which modern-day mythology can explain the nuances of the everyday human experience, and how mythology can serve as a catalyst for self-discovery and social commentary.

Over the course of her CERCL residency, Mouton has led Rice students through multiple community workshops, guiding them through the process of writing new myths based on their own experiences. Those same stories later became the source material for local and regional artists that make up the exhibit.

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