Second Saturdays Explores “Mel Chin: All Over the Place”
Destroying Angels of Our Creation

Join us for the second of four Second Saturdays, a new series of dynamic public programs presented to delve deeper into the themes, techniques, and aesthetics of Queens Museum’s temporary exhibitions. We will be kicking the series off with Mel Chin: All Over the Place on April 14, June 9, July 14, and August 11 from 12-4pm. Each afternoon will feature events produced in conversation with All Over the Place’s four thematic sections at the Queens Museum.

April 14: On “Cruel Light of the Sun”
June 9: On “The Artifice of Facts and Belief”
July 14: On “Destroying Angels of Our Creation”
August 11: On “Levity’s Wounds and Gravity’s Well”

On July 14th, we will be delve deeper into “Destroying Angels of Our Creation.”  At the heart of the exhibition, both physically and conceptually, are works that embody Chin’s understanding of U.S. democracy as an ideal and as reality. Our Strange Flower of Democracy, 2005, a massive and intricate bamboo sculpture in the form of a bomb, hovers enticingly and ominously out of reach. A giant bank safe door was originally on the facade of the New Orleans headquarters for Fundred Project, 2008-ongoing, an initiative that highlights lead poisoning and its effect on poor communities and people of color. This wide-ranging concern of Chin’s is further elaborated in “Cruel Light of the Sun,” another section of this exhibition. The impact of lead could be quickly eradicated if government were convinced of the damage it inflicts. In Gate of the New Gods, 2018, a colossal grapevine with the grapes replaced by basketballs curves over a replica of the entry gate to basketball star LeBron James’s Los Angeles estate on which a racial epithet was spray-painted in May 2017. Even James’ level of fame and wealth cannot protect him from the prevalence of racist ideology in the United States.

Stay tuned for further program details!

NOTE: Second Saturdays will take a break for May 12, as Queens Museum is hosting Open Engagement, an artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. This year’s conference focuses on the theme of SUSTAINABILITY and features keynote presentations by Mel Chin and Lucy Lippard.

Featured Image: Safehouse, 2008-2010  a Fundred gathering and drawing space that served as Operation Paydirt Headquarters in New Orleans; thousands of Fundreds, drawn by Louisiana school children, were displayed inside.

Mel Chin: All Over the Place is made possible in part by lead support from the Henry Luce Foundation and Ford Foundation. Major support is provided by Sarah Arison, Suzanne Deal Booth, Agnes Gund, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, Ann and James Harithas, Ellen and Bill Taubman, The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Annette Blum, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and the Dorothea Leonhardt Fund at the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc., Matthew Cushing, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Thomas Pascal Will Robinson, and two anonymous donors. Additional support is provided by Fairfax Dorn and Marc Glimcher, and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

Public programs at the Queens Museum are made possible by Surdna Foundation and The New York Community Trust.


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