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"_______ As Myth" Exhibit
A Community Collaboration Dedicated
to Filling the Gaps of Mythology.


The latest installation in the Moody Project Wall series, "_____ as myth,"  led by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, offered a community-centered exhibition that explored mythology as a catalyst for self-discovery and social commentary. Taking inspiration from Mouton’s memoir Black Chameleon, the artwork on view was a result of students and local artists investigating how modern-day mythology can explain the nuances of our everyday experiences.  

Through her residency at Rice University’s Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL), Mouton led students through community workshops to write new myths based on their own experiences. Those stories then became source material for local and regional artists to create the artworks that comprise the exhibition.  "______ as myth." Mouton's book, Black Chameleon, explains the Black American Women’s experience through exploring idioms like “How we got eyes in the back of our heads” and examining colloquial figures like Boo Boo the Fool. The student's work likewise reflects a broad investigation into lived experiences but with a much wider range of personal histories.

"The diversity of voices and backgrounds makes the storytelling richer," said Mouton. "It shows we're all capable of filling in the gaps of our own mythology."  

This installation was made possible by Rice University’s Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL), with support from the Moody Center for the Arts. 

In its sophomore appearance, The exhibit was housed in the City Hall atrium in Houston, TX for  a two month exhibition.

For more information, Visit the CERCL website.

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