Blaffer Art Museum Lecture: Mel Chin in conversation with Tyler Green
Award-winning art journalist Tyler Green will record a live-audience interview with Mel Chin for The Modern Art Notes Podcast, the country's most popular audio program on art. Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee has called The Modern Art Notes Podcast "one of the great archives of the art of our time." Guests have included artists Richard Serra, Robert Irwin, Robert Gober, Jackie Winsor, Jack Whitten, Ross Bleckner, Julie Mehretu, Shirin Neshat, Fred Wilson, Barbara Kruger, Carrie Mae Weems, Mark Bradford and Chris Burden.
The museum will stay open late so audience members can visit Blaffer's component of Mel Chin: Rematch before being seated in Dudley Recital Hall, which is in the same building as Blaffer.
The 31 works on view at Blaffer Art Museum include documentation of Chin's major science-based projects, most famously Revival Field (begun in 1990), in which he worked with agronomist Rufus Chaney on monumental "sculptures" that used phytoremediation — the use of metal-accumulating plants to absorb toxins from contaminated soil — as a reductive technique, similar to the way a sculptor carves away marble.