Mel Chin : Running Toward the Ruins: New York to New Orleans

Art Department Lecture Series

Mel Chin’s art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. Politics, ecology, and economics are but a few of the disciplines that intersect in his work. Chin insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility. Chin’s work was documented in the popular PBS program Art of the 21st Century. His proposal for a New World Trade Center was part of the American representation at the 2002 Venice Biennale of Architecture. A major one person exhibition, “Do Not Ask Me,” was seen at the Station Museum in Houston, Texas in spring 2006.