Thursdsay, July 31, 7:30 pm
As part of the Marfa Dialogues / St. Louis collaboration between the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Marfa Ballroom, and the Public Concern Foundation, artists Mel Chin and Mary Miss will discuss their work, motivations, and objectives with Hamilton Fish, President of the Public Concern Foundation. The discussion will also consider the ongoing relationship between culture, artistic intervention and social values.
Mel Chin was born in Houston, Texas, in 1951. Chin’s art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. He is known for the broad range of approaches, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that join cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. Mel Chin: Rematch, a major retrospective of Chin’s work, will open at CAM September 5.
Mary Miss has reshaped the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, landscape design, and installation art by articulating a vision of the public sphere where it is possible for an artist to address the issues of our time. She has developed the “City as Living Lab,” a framework for making issues of sustainability tangible through collaboration and the arts, with Marda Kirn of EcoArts Connections. Trained as a sculptor, her work creates situations emphasizing a site’s history and its ecology or aspects of the environment that have gone unnoticed.
The Public Concern Foundation is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to the study of current political and social issues, the dissemination of those findings, and the expansion of the public discourse on political and social values and ideals. The foundation’s principal activity is the publication of The Washington Spectator, the monthly newsletter on public affairs. The Public Concern Foundation also sponsors The Public Trust Project, which promotes the findings of independent scientists. In addition, the foundation hosts journalism fellowships, conducts investigative reporting, sponsors and produces social documentary films, publishes books, and provides fiscal sponsorship for kindred activities.