April 14, 2018

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368

The first in a series of four Second Saturdays for Mel Chin: All Over the Place will kick off on April 14, 12-4pm.

“As Above, So Below: Scientific Inquiry, Activism, and the Environment” will respond to Mel Chin’s extensive research-based practice on the inner workings of our universe and frequent collaborations with scientists, public health experts, activists, and designers in the fight for environmental justice. The call to be guardians of the environment and to protect the most vulnerable permeates Chin’s work, as he connects devastation of the climate with political power, corporate appetites, and displacement.

Schedule of Events

12:00-12:30 pm: Tour of the exhibition with Amy Lipton (Meet in the Skylight Gallery)

12:30-2:30 pm: Drop-in hands-on workshop with artist Jan Mun, mapping lead contamination hot spots in NYC and creating protective ground covers using geotextile (Unisphere Gallery, 2nd Floor)

2:15-3:15 pm: Conversation with Pope.L. and Mel Chin, moderated by Laura Raicovich (Skylight Gallery)

3:15-3:45 pm: Explore the Metropolis Composer-in-Residence at the Queens Museum, Mike Sayre, performs “Music for Icebergs” (Skylight Gallery)

3:45-4:15 pm: Skype session with Emelia DeForce, research scientist and key collaborator on Mel Chin’s Sea to See (Adjacent to artwork)

Simultaneously: 

Lead Toxicity Summit: A Public Health Crisis (theatre, 2nd floor)

12:30pm: Dr. David K. Rosner presentation on the politics of public health and the sociological history of lead contamination (Theater, 2nd Floor)

1-2pm: Panel led by NLE’s Raquel de Anda on lead poisoning with activists from NYC and Flint, Michigan, featuring Claire McClinton (Flint Democracy Defense League), Charlene Nimmons (Public Housing Communities), and Stephan Roundtree (WeACT) (Theater, 2nd Floor)

2-4pm: Screening of documentary film on the Flint water crisis – “Nor any drop to drink” by Cedric Taylor

All events are free and open to the public.

For more details, visit the Queens Museum’s Second Saturdays page HERE.

Featured Image: SEA to SEE Mel Chin, 2014, wood, glass, steel, projection coating, paint, two projectors, speakers and CPUs