Roundtable Discussion with Mel Chin

at 516 ARTS

The public is invited to 516 ARTS to join in a conversation with Mel Chin about art that addresses climate change issues and delve further into The Potential Project.  The Potential Project envisions the first currency of the Saharawi people, utilizing their artistic expression to guide its design, and to have its value backed by the power of the sun. 

Mel Chin was born in Houston, Texas in 1951.  Chin's art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification.  He is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works the require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas.  Chin also 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 also promotes "works of art" that have the ultimate effect of benefitting science.  His projects are consistent with a conceptual philosophy, which emphasizes the practice of art to include sculpting and bridging the natural and social ecology.  Chin has received numerous awards and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Matters, New York State Council for the Arts, Creative Capital, and the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, among others.

This event is free, however space is limited and RSVPs are required: