the NAME of the PLACE is I LIKE it like THAT: Maps in my Art

October 2, 3pm

This is the opening talk of Communograph: Mapping Through Creative Action series.

Houston native Mel Chin is an internationally known artist who explores the ways art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility. Though classically trained, Chin’s art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. Alchemy, botany, and ecology are a few of the disciplines that intersect in his work. He insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television. Unconventional and politically engaged, his projects also challenge the idea of the artist as the exclusive creative force behind an artwork. Chin received a BA from Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1975, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988 and 1990.

ARTIST TALK: MEL CHIN “the NAME of the PLACE is I LIKE it like THAT”: Maps in My Art from Communograph Project on Vimeo.

Mapping Community Through Creative Action is a series of public programs presented by the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts (MC) and offered in conjunction with Communograph, an original project by artist Ashley Hunt commissioned by Project Row Houses (PRH).This series is curated by Bree Edwards (MC) and Ashley Clemmer Hoffman (PRH).

LOCATION: Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin

Related Events:

Oct 12, 2011 Communograph Artist Talk: Rick Lowe and Ashley Hunt
Oct 15, 2011 Communograph PRH Exhibition Opening: Round 35
Nov 16, 2011 Artist Talk: Mierle Laderman Ukeles in Conversation with Shrimp Boat Projects
Nov 19, 2011 Communograph Walking Tour: Experience the Third Ward with Ray Carrington
Dec 3, 2011 Communograph Bus Tour: Architecture and Community with Stephen Fox