Mel Chin, born in Houston, Texas, has become internationally synonymous with "art as social change", creating over the past thirty years an exceptional body of often political and activist work that provokes greater social awareness and responsibility.
Presented by the President's Speaker Series in association with Onsite Gallery’s ONSITE/EXCITE/INSPIRE program, Chin's lecture, "You are Never Done" (Auditorium (Room 190) will focus on the eternal and essential vigilance justice requires of its advocates and the parallel condition within the practice art - the worthy project we can never consider finished.
An ever-shifting political landscape serves as a backdrop and source of inspiration for art with social impact, work that must remain responsive to change and continually extending and reinventing itself to effectively inhabit the society it aims to help shape. Mel Chin breathes life into the once static work of art with his complex and poetic collaborative projects that learn, adapt and evolve to the ever-changing communities they inhabit.
Mel Chin, born in Houston, Texas, has become internationally synonymous with "art as social change", creating over the past thirty years an exceptional body of often political and activist work that provokes greater social awareness and responsibility. Through his broad and multidisciplinary range of approaches, Chin's art insinuates itself into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills and even popular television. Chin's work, described as both analytic and poetic, often employs community and collaborative teamwork, conjoining cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. Documented in the popular PBS Program, Art of the 21st Century, Chin has received numerous awards and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, and the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, among others.
Onsite Gallery’s 2016 ONSITE/ program investigates stimulating change through public platforms outside the gallery.
Please arrive early as seating will be limited
Event is FREE, all are welcome
The space is wheelchair accessible
100 McCaul St