Second Saturdays Explores “Mel Chin: All Over the Place”
Levity's Wounds and Gravity's Well

Join us for the final 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 August 11th, we will be responding to “Levity’s Wounds and Gravity’s Well.” Mel Chin’s strategy of altering objects to reveal uncomfortable or disturbing realities is particularly present in this section. Chin often quotes James Baldwin’s statement that “Sentimentality…is the mark of dishonesty…a signal of secret and violent inhumanity, the mask of cruelty.” Some artworks here make an object of violence into a visual pun that, like sentimentality, momentarily obscures the potential harm it can inflict.

Events will include a tour with Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Museum of Chinese in America; a self-defense workshop with the The Center for Anti-Violence Education; and a conversation between Jeff Chang and Mel Chin.

Schedule of Events:

Tour with Herb Tam
(Meet at near the Rubin Gallery, Grand Central Parkway Information Desk)

Self-defense workshop with the The Center for Anti-Violence Education 

(Unisphere Gallery, 2nd Floor)

Jeff Chang in conversation with Mel Chin
(Atrium, 1st Floor)

Featured Image: Mel Chin, Cabinet of Craving, 2012

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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