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Gallery Talk: Artist Mel Chin and Author Roy Scranton

November 18th, 2016
2:00 PM


Banner image: Mel Chin, Terrapine Carolina (Hillbilly Armor), 2005. Photo by John Lucas.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Nasher Museum of Art

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Join us for a discussion about climate change, war, and questions of responsibilty and sustainability, with artist Mel Chin and author Roy Scranton.

This discussion is presented in collaboration with the Nasher Museum of Art.

Both Chin and Scranton are participating in other related programs at Duke:

Mel Chin's work, Terrapene Carolina (Hillbilly Armor), is included in the Nasher's current exhibit, Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art. An interview with him can be heard in their podcast.

Roy Scranton will discuss his recently released novel, War Porn, at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham at 7:00 pm on November 18. He first visited the Forum for Scholars and Publics in March 2016 and talked with Jennifer Ahern-Dodson about his writing. He also recently published an essay in the New York Times about the future implications of America's failure to prepare for catastrophic storms along the Gulf Coast.

Admission to the Nasher Museum is free to all active duty military personnel and military veterans with I.D. 


Mel Chin

Mel Chin was born in Houston, Texas, and lives and works in Burnsville, North Carolina. He is known for his broad range of approaches to art, including multidisciplinary collaborative projects, and for his investigations of how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility. His work is exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad and was documented in the PBS program Art21: Art in the Twenty-first Century. A traveling retrospective exhibition, titled Mel Chin: Rematch, opened at the New Orleans Museum of Art in February 2014.

Roy Scranton

University of Notre Dame

Roy Scranton is the author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of Civilization, co-editor of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His essays, articles, and reviews have been published in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, The Nation, and elsewhere. He holds an MA in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research and a PhD in English from Princeton, was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Science at Rice University, and recently joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame as assistant professor of English. His current scholarly project is on the politics of trauma in American World War II literature. His Iraq war novel, War Porn, was released in summer 2016 by Soho Press.