Event - Second Saturdays Explores “Mel Chin: All Over the Place”

Second Saturdays Explores “Mel Chin: All Over the Place”

07.14.18, 1:00 pm

En español abajo

Join us for the third of four Second Saturdays, a new series of dynamic public programs presented to delve deeper into the themes, techniques, and aesthetics of Queens Museum’s temporary exhibitions. We will be kicking the series off with Mel Chin: All Over the Place on April 14, June 9, July 14, and August 11. Each afternoon will feature events produced in conversation with All Over the Place’s four thematic sections at the Queens Museum.

April 14: On “Cruel Light of the Sun”
June 9: On “The Artifice of Facts and Belief”
July 14: On “Destroying Angels of Our Creation”
August 11: On “Levity’s Wounds and Gravity’s Well”

On July 14th, we will be responding to “Destroying Angels of Our Creation.”  At the heart of the exhibition, both physically and conceptually, are works that embody Mel Chin’s understanding of U.S. democracy as an ideal and as reality.

Events will include a gallery talk with poet Claudia Rankine; a conversation on the perception of climate change in Chin’s Wake and Unmoored; and an artists panel, Power and Democracy: Inspiring Action through Digital Tools, co-organized with Eyebeam.

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Schedule of Events:

Wake and Unmoored: Conversation with Mel Chin, Cindi Katz, and Manon Slome
A conversation between artist Mel Chin; Cindi Katz, Professor and Chair in the Doctoral Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center; and Manon Slome, All Over the Place co-curator and Chief Curator & Co-founder of No Longer Empty, on Chin’s public art projects Wake and Unmoored opening July 11th in Times Square. The event will introduce the installation and mixed-reality experience in which Chin hopes to spark deeper personal investigations through digital devices, and provoke an enlightened stewardship of human actions in relation to global warming realities. Chin and Slome will be joined by Professor Cindi Katz for a larger discussion on the role of art in awakening civic action, issues of environmental perception and psychology, and the varied public responses to the existence and effects of climate change.

Power and Democracy: Inspiring Action through Digital Tools
Burak Arikan
Idris Brewster (Movers and Shakers)
Stephanie Dinkins

: Salome Asega

Presented in partnership with Eyebeam, this panel brings together a group of artists and creative technologists to discuss issues of democracy, justice, representation, and activism in their work with AR/VR, artificial intelligence, and visualization. How might these technologies promote equity, imagination, and action, or how might they be vulnerable to exploitation?
Participant Bios here.

Eyebeam, founded in 1998, was the very first critical space of its kind: a place to think creatively about how technology was transforming our society. Eyebeam has given time, spacen and money to artists whose work has shaped our world—including the first-ever social sharing tool ReBlog, electronic toys startup littleBits, and the pioneering net art of Cory Arcangel. Eyebeam aims to ensure artists become central in the invention and design of our shared future. Everything is guided by a focus on Eyebeam’s core values: openness, invention, and justice.

Photo: The Family Reunions Project

Gallery Talk: Claudia Rankine
This program is presented in conjunction with The Racial Imaginary Institute’s On Whiteness project, an exhibition, symposium, and residency staged at The Kitchen and partner organizations throughout the city. For a full schedule of events, please visit this page.

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

Our Comics, Ourselves: Drawing Climate Change
Mini-Comics Workshop
Our Comics, Ourselves will facilitate a workshop responding to climate change. We will read comics related to climate change, participate in writing prompts, play with narrative, and learn how to put together a mini-comic. No experience necessary, all ages are welcome!
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Our Comics, Ourselves is a traveling exhibition that originated at Interference Archive (Brooklyn, NY) in 2016, This exhibition and its programs were developed as an open space for discussion about identity-focused comics and the spectrum of topics they address, and also as a challenge to the mainstream comics industry to improve the way our stories are told, if they are told at all.
Jan Descartes (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based comic artist and educator, focusing on open access, community outreach and body empowerment. She is the co-creator of Heartland Comic and one of the founding members of Pop Gym.
Monica McKelvey Johnson (she/her) is a comic artist, writer, and curator. She authored the web comic, The Adventures of Dorrit Little, a story about the average student debtor in the United States today, and has written about comics for The Rumpus and The Comics Journal. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and their toddler named Asa Michigan.

All events will take place in the Queens Museum’s Skylight Gallery and are free and open to the public.

CART Services (text transcription) in English will be provided. Transcription services also provided in Spanish using Google Translate.


Acompáñenos para el tercero de cuatro Segundos Sábados, una nueva serie de dinámicos programas públicos que profundizan más en los temas, las técnicas, y la estética de las exhibiciones temporarias del Queens Museum. Iniciaremos las series con Mel Chin: All Over the Place en abril 14, junio 9, julio 14, y agosto 11. Cada tarde contará con eventos producidos en conversación con las cuatro secciones temáticas de All Over the Place en el Queens Museum.

El 14 de julio, estaremos reaccionando a “Destroying Angels of Our Creation” (Destruyendo Ángeles de Nuestra Creación). En el centro de la exposición, tanto física como conceptualmente, están los trabajos que personifican el entendimiento que Mel Chin tiene de la democracia de los Estados Unidos como un ideal y como una realidad.

Los eventos incluirán una charla de galería con la poetisa Claudia Rankine; una conversación sobre la percepción del cambio climático en la obra de Chin, Wake and Unmoored; y un panel de artistas, Power and Democracy; Inspiring Action through Digital Tools, organizada en colaboración con Eyebeam.

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Calendario de Eventos:

Wake and Unmoored: Una conversación con Mel Chin, Cindi Katz, y Manon Slome

Una conversación sobre los proyectos de arte públicos de Mel Chin, Wake and Unmoored, que se inauguran en Times Square el 11 de Julio, entre el artista Mel Chin; Cindi Katz, profesora y presidenta en el programa de doctorado de Earth and Environmental Sciences (ciencias terrestres y ambientales), del CUNY Graduate Center (Centro de graduados de la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York); y Manon Slome, conservadora de All Over the Place y Conservadora Jefe y cofundadora de No Longer Empty. El evento introducirá la experiencia de  instalación y de una realidad mixta en la cual Chin espera desencadenar investigaciones personales más a fondo a través de dispositivos digitales, y provocar una gestión iluminada de acciones humanas con respecto a las realidades del calentamiento global. La profesora Cindi Katz se reunirá con Chin y con Slome para llevar a cabo una discusión más amplia sobre el papel que tiene el arte en el despertar de la acción cívica, los temas de percepción ambiental y de psicología, y las diversas respuestas publicas a la existencia y los efectos del cambio climático.

Power and Democracy (Poder y Democracia): Inspiring Action through Digital Tools (Acción inspiradora a través de herramientas digitales.)

Idris Brewster (Movers and Shakers)
Stephanie Dinkins
Frisly Soberanis (The Family Reunions Project)

Moderadora: Salomé Asega

Presentada en colaboración con Eyebeam, este panel reúne a un grupo de artistas y tecnólogos creativos para discutir asuntos de democracia, justicia, representación, y activismo en sus trabajos con AR/VR (Realidad Aumentada/Realidad Virtual), la inteligencia artificial, y la visualización. ¿Cómo podrían estas tecnologías fomentar la equidad, la imaginación, y la acción, o como podrían ser vulnerables a la explotación?

Eyebeam, fundado en 1998, fue el primero de todos los espacios críticos de su clase: un lugar para pensar creativamente sobre como la tecnología estaba transformando a nuestra sociedad.

Fotografía: The Family Reunions Project (El proyecto de reuniones familiares)

Gallery Talk (Charla en la galería): Claudia Rankine

Este programa se presenta en conjunto con el proyecto de The Racial Imaginary Institute’s On Whiteness (proyecto del Instituto Imaginario Racial sobre La Blancura), una exhibición, simposio, y residencia escenificado en The Kitchen y en organizaciones socias a través de la ciudad. Para conseguir un calendario completo de los eventos, por favor visite esta página.

Our Comics, Ourselves (Nuestros cómics, Nosotros): Dibujando el cambio climático
Taller de mini-cómics

Our Comics, Ourselves facilitará un taller respondiendo al cambio climático. Leeremos cómics relacionados con el cambio climático, participaremos en la escritura de frases claves, jugaremos con narrativas, y aprenderemos a organizar un mini-cómic. ¡No se necesita experiencia, y todas las edades son bienvenidas!


Todos los eventos se llevarán a cabo en la Skylight Gallery del Queens Museum. Todos son gratis y están abiertos para el público.

Se proporcionará traducción en inglés con CART Services ( transcripción de textos). También se ofrecerá transcripción en español usando el traductor de Google


Featured Image: Mel Chin, Our Strange Flower of Democracy, 2005. Bamboo, river cane, burlap, coir, mahogany, steel, and bottle caps. Photo: Hai Zhang

Mel Chin: All Over the Place is made possible in part by lead support from the Henry Luce Foundation and Ford Foundation. Major support is provided by Sarah Arison, Suzanne Deal Booth, Agnes Gund, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, Ann and James Harithas, Ellen and Bill Taubman, The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Annette Blum, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and the Dorothea Leonhardt Fund at the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc., Matthew Cushing, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Thomas Pascal Will Robinson, and two anonymous donors. Additional support is provided by Fairfax Dorn and Marc Glimcher, and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

Public programs at the Queens Museum are made possible by Surdna Foundation and The New York Community Trust.