Mel Chin: All Over the PlaceApril 8, 2018 - September 5, 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 8
Mel Chin: All Over the Place is the first major presentation in New York City of conceptual artist Mel Chin in more than 20 years. Co-produced by No Longer Empty and the Queens Museum, the exhibition will span Chin’s nearly four decades of artistic practice and will spread out over a number of sites in New York City including the Queens Museum; Times Square; Broadway-Lafayette subway station and through the ether with a downloadable score and mixed reality Apps.
All Over the Place presents Mel Chin as a multidimensional artist, an alchemist, a comedian, a truth-teller and a prankster. Chin’s art brings together the rigorous study of Eastern and Western thought, conceptual art and Surrealism, a profound commitment to social and environmental justice, and an unfailing desire to expose what we would not otherwise see.
Rather than taking a chronological approach, the exhibition will be organized around key themes that have resonated throughout Chin’s career including Chin’s understanding of democracy as a two-faced ideal, issues of climate change, legacies of colonialism and racism and their relation to the circulation of goods and ideas. Each of these sections contain both long-term collaborative works for which Chin is justly celebrated as well as unique sculptures, drawings and installations.
All Over the Place introduces three newly commissioned projects:
Flint Fit (2018), on view on at the Queens Museum. The Flint Fit Collection is a fashion line produced in collaboration between artist Mel Chin; renowned fashion designer and Michigan native Tracy Reese, and the Flint, Michigan nonprofit Saint Luke’s N.E.W. Life Center, which provides local employment for women.
Wake (2018), opening July 11 at Times Square. Wake is a large-scale (24 x 34 x 60-foot) installation that evokes the hull of a shipwreck, as well as the skeletal remains of a marine mammal. It features a 21-foot tall animatronic figurehead of the opera star Jenny Lind, that was once mounted on the 19th Century clipper ship, the USS Nightingale. The artwork calls forth both the city’s trade, commerce and entertainment triumphs while addressing a complicated history, including the shipping of guns and slaves that augmented this burgeoning city’s economy.
Unmoored (2018), 0pening July 11 at Times Square. Unmoored is a visionary, ambitious, mixed-reality public art project for all ages and backgrounds. Looking up through the screens of their smartphones and digital tablets, visitors will witness the presence of hundreds of boat hulls, hovering over them—a nautical traffic jam.
Mel Chin: All Over the Place is curated by Laura Raicovich, and Manon Slome, Co-Founder and Chief Curator of No Longer Empty and is a partnership with the Queens Museum of Art.
Additional thanks to Mel Chin Studio including All Over the Place Exhibition Coordinator Audrey Zhuoer Liu, Helen Nagge, Amanda Wiles, Barron Brown, Severn Eaton, Ian Brownlee, Mason Darling, and Dallas Moore.
Image: Mel Chin, Sea to See, installation view, 2014. Courtesy Mint Museum of Art/Mel Chin Studio.