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

Join us for the third 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. 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 responding to “Destroying Angels of Our Creation.”  At the heart of the exhibition, both physically and conceptually, are works that embody Mel Chin’s understanding of U.S. democracy as an ideal and as reality.

Events will include a gallery talk with poet Claudia Rankine; a conversation on the perception of climate change in Chin’s Wake and Unmoored; and an artists panel, Power and Democracy: Inspiring Action through Digital Tools, co-organized with Eyebeam.

Schedule of Events:

1:00-2:00pm
Wake and Unmoored: Conversation with Mel Chin, Cindi Katz, and Manon Slome

A conversation between artist Mel Chin; Cindi Katz, Professor and Chair in the Doctoral Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center; and Manon Slome, All Over the Place co-curator and Chief Curator & Co-founder of No Longer Empty, on Chin’s public art projects Wake and Unmoored opening July 11th in Times Square. The event will introduce the installation and mixed-reality experience in which Chin hopes to spark deeper personal investigations through digital devices, and provoke an enlightened stewardship of human actions in relation to global warming realities. Chin and Slome will be joined by Professor Cindi Katz for a larger discussion on the role of art in awakening civic action, issues of environmental perception and psychology, and the varied public responses to the existence and effects of climate change.

2:00-3:30pm
Power and Democracy: Inspiring Action through Digital Tools

Panelists
:
Idris Brewster (Movers and Shakers)
Stephanie Dinkins
Frisly Soberanis (The Family Reunions Project)

Moderator
: Salome Asega

Presented in partnership with Eyebeam, this panel brings together a group of artists and creative technologists to discuss issues of democracy, justice, representation, and activism in their work with AR/VR, artificial intelligence, and visualization. How might these technologies promote equity, imagination, and action, or how might they be vulnerable to exploitation?
Select interactive works by participating artists will be available for visitors to experience.

4:00-5:00pm
Gallery Talk: Claudia Rankine

All events will take place in the Queens Museum’s Skylight Gallery. All are free and open to the public.

Featured Image: Mel Chin, Our Strange Flower of Democracy, 2005. Bamboo, river cane, burlap, coir, mahogany, steel, and bottle caps. Photo: Hai Zhang

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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