Born in Houston, Texas, Mel Chin is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. He developed Revival Field (1989-ongoing), a project that pioneered the field of "green remediation" the use of plants to remove toxic, heavy metals from the soil. A current project, Fundred Dollar Bill/Operation Paydirt, focuses on national awareness and prevention of childhood lead-poisoning through art-making. Mel is also well known for his iconic sculptures and installations, works that often address the importance of memory and collective identity, and for inserting art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility.
Mel Chin: Why I'm Here
A talk by Mel Chin detailing his decision to spend the 2016–17 year in D.C. He will present an overview of works pertinent to his current efforts in the Capital, with a few aberrations thrown in. Free. Refreshments provided.
December 6th, 2016 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM