Mel Chin: Rematch curator Miranda Lash in conversation with Devon Britt-Darby
Exhibition curator Miranda Lash will discuss Mel Chin: Rematch with Blaffer Art Museum public affairs director Devon Britt-Darby.
Lash is curator of contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. She organized Rematch for the New Orleans Museum of Art, where she founded the modern and contemporary art program in 2008 after serving as a curatorial assistant at The Menil Collection, Houston (2006-07).
Prior to joining Blaffer Art Museum, Britt-Darby was the Houston Chronicle art critic and the founding visual arts editor of Arts+Culture Texas magazine. He covered the New Orleans launch of Mel Chin's Operation Paydirt for the Chronicle in 2008.
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.
Free tickets guarantee seating up to five minutes before the event and can be reserved online.