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New Art Dialogue Series – Lectures with Art in America Editor Richard Vine and artist Mel Chin

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Mel Chin: Art and Social Reform
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Falvey Hall
Maryland Institute College of Art
1300 Mount Royal Aven

Richard Vine: New China/New Art
Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
Graham Auditorium
Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles Street

The Contemporary Museum will host lectures with two distinguished figures in the world of contemporary art on back-to-back evenings as part of its New Art Dialogue Series on March 31 and April 1, 2010.

At the Maryland Institute College of Art, Mel Chin will discuss blending art with social activism. Chin will share a survey of his socially conscious, community-based works, including The Fundred Dollar Bill Project, his current campaign to increase awareness of lead poisoning in America’s inner cities and aid the ongoing restoration of New Orleans. The Contemporary Museum is an official production center of “Fundred Dollar Bills.”

At the Walters Art Museum, Richard Vine, Managing Editor of Art in America, will examine the exponential growth of contemporary art in China and its cultural impact. This new era of Asian contemporary art will be illustrated by Vine’s firsthand accounts with installations, exhibitions, and encounters with emerging artists. He will also review movements that have shaped the rapidly-evolving contemporary art scene in post-Tiananmen China.

Admission to the lectures is $10 for the general public, $5 for students, and free for members of the Contemporary Museum. The lecture with Mel Chin is also free for MICA students; the Richard Vine lecture is free for members of the Walters.
The Contemporary’s New Art Dialogue Series presents lectures and conversations by distinguished artists, critics, art historians, and curators whose work is defining the field of contemporary art. The series will cultivate critical discourse responsive to the cultural, social, and political issues of our time.

The New Art Dialogue Series is sponsored by the Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Family Foundation.
For additional information, visit www.contemporary.org.

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