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Frost Art Museum FIU Features Pioneering Activist Artist Mel Chin at Green Critics Lecture Series | FIU News

the Patricia & Phillip Frost CRF Museum of Art will be the host Mel Chin as part of the Steven & Dorothea Green Critics Lecture Series.

Chin insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic dumps, and even popular television, exploring how art can bring about greater social awareness and responsibility. He is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2019 and four honorary doctorates.

“Mel Chin is one of the leading artists of our time who has defined the term ‘activism’ through his multidisciplinary, collaborative work and socially relevant art practice,” said Jordana Pomeroy, director of the Frost Art Museum.

The program will take place at the museum on Sunday March 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. and will be broadcast live on facebook live. To attend in person, visit to register. A reception will follow the conference.

Born in Houston, Texas in 1951, Chin creates works that combine cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. He has developped clock field, a pioneering project in the field of “green remediation”, the use of plants to remove toxic heavy metals from the soil. Another project, Funded Dollar Bill/Operation Paydirt, focused on the national prevention of childhood lead poisoning. Chin’s signature sculptures often address the importance of memory and collective identity.

Chin’s proposal for a new World Trade Center was part of the American representation at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002. Chin’s exhibit, Everywherea 40-year survey at the Queens Museum, was named by Hyperallergic as the best NYC exhibit of 2018.

His work can be found in the collections of several major museums including:

Since 1981, the Steven and Dorothea Green Critics Lecture Series introduced internationally renowned artists, museum curators, scholars and critics to the South Florida community. These speakers have shaped the history of art through their scholarly, creative and leadership contributions. They inspired us to think critically, to deepen our research, and to consider the discourses and practices that shape the art world.