Kirsten Hassenfeld installs paper sculpture at Rice University

In the coming week, the Rice Gallery glass window showcases the creative talents of Brooklyn artist Kirsten Hassenfeld as she transforms ordinary paper into lit sculptures that resemble jewels, gigantic droplets and the onion domes of Russian architecture.

Gallery visitors may watch Hassenfeld work with a variety of papers and vellums to complete the installation, “Dans La Lune,” which opens with a celebration from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27.

Her installation at will be the largest she has ever created, with objects ranging from 6 to 8 feet in height and width. Hassenfeld said it would be her most technically ambitious work yet. “With paper, the minute is easy; the gigantic is extremely difficult,” she said.

The Rice Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Thursday until 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed Mondays and university holidays. Hassenfeld will give a gallery talk at noon Sept. 28.

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