For those who have yet to fully react with Stendhal syndrome at the Mel Chin fest that’s been going on in Houston, there’s one more must-see. Speed Art Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art Miranda Lash, former Houstonian and curator of the exhibition Mel Chin: Rematch, will be speaking this evening at the Blaffer Art Museum in conversation with Blaffer public affairs director Devon Britt-Darby.
From 2006-2007, Lash was a curatorial assistant at the Menil Collection while her husband Jim Mulvilhill ran public relations for the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Then the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) snagged her to be NOMA’s first curator of modern and contemporary art and the founder of the museum’s modern and contemporary art department, where she curated the big Chin retrospective. Since the summer of 2014, Lash has been the curator for the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY, where she gets to spend more time with her husband (Mulvihill knows his contemporary art, but his passion is writing about horseracing).
For a preview of Lash on Chin, read the article she wrote for yesterday’s Houston Chronicle, in which she quotes Chin as saying, “I was like Chris Rock in the movie Pootie Tang,” he said, “obsessed with appeasing the Corn God.” This could be an indication that this may not be your usual dry, academic talk.
The talk starts at 7pm. Tickets are free and can be reserved here.