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Toledo Museum of Art to Host Public Dedication of Interactive Installation with Special Guest Contemporary Artist Mel Chin

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Mel Chin, Two Me, City Hall Courtyard - Philadelphia, Monument Lab 2017 (Steve Weinik/Mural Arts Philadelphia)

The Toledo Museum of Art will host a public dedication in front of Two Me, an experiential installation by renowned American artist Mel Chin, on Sept. 26, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Monroe Street terrace. Chin will provide remarks during the event and light refreshments will be provided. The community event coincides with the annual Sculpture X symposium, a Midwest arts conference, which this year is co-hosted by Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, Contemporary Art Toledo, Owens Community College and the Toledo Museum of Art and takes place Sept. 27-30.

To be installed on TMA’s Monroe Street terrace, Two Me will consist of two identical monumental pedestals with “Me” cast in bronze letters and an elaborate series of fully accessible ramps leading up to the plinths. All visitors are encouraged to become living monuments by posing atop the 7-foot pedestals, greet their partner “Me,” and share their experience on social media platforms. The project opens to the public Saturday, Sept. 22 and will be sited on TMA’s campus through Nov. 11, 2018.

Conceptual in nature, Two Me is designed to activate TMA’s campus by bringing new and engaging contemporary art to the city of Toledo. Conceptual art, in which the idea or concept is more important than the finished art object, began as an art movement in the 1960s and continues to exert a strong influence in the art world today. Two Me represents TMA's first venture into the presentation of a large-scale conceptual work.

The temporary, site-specific work will be installed in the space occupied by TMA favorite Alexander Calder’s Stegosaurus, which is currently offsite for regular maintenance and conservation. Before coming to TMA, Two Me was first installed in Philadelphia's City Hall courtyard in 2017. While installed, over 50,000 people participated by ascending the ramps to take their place on top of the pedestals.

Born in 1951 in Houston, Chin has distinguished himself as an artist of exceptional curiosity and rigor, whose diverse creative output is informed by social consciousness. 

Two Me is presented by ProMedica with additional support from The Joseph and Judith Conda, and Susan L. Conda, Accessibility Fund and the Ohio Arts Council.

For more details about the project and related programs, please visit toledomuseum.org. Information about Sculpture X, including the conference schedule, participating artists and presenters and online registration, can be found at catoledo.org/sculpturex.