Mel Chin will deliver an Artist Talk at the Menil on his work, Forgetting Tiananmen, Kent State, Tlatelolco (1989), on view in the main building through January 2022. The artist will speak about this elegiac sculpture, which pays homage to the lives lost in state-sponsored massacres in Tiananmen Square, Kent State University, and Tlatelolco. He will also discuss his more recent works and projects.
About the artist:
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 that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. His work was documented in the popular PBS program, Art of the 21st Century. He 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. He was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2019.