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Go Ahead, Ask Him

Mel Chin brings his art -- and his convictions -- to The Station

While The Station has been something of a boy's club (it reportedly has a catchall "women's art" show coming up), thanks to private funding, its curators have the political courage to show whatever the hell they want. They've done everything from an exhibition of Palestinian art to showcasing the blood-soaked work of Hermann Nitsch. The Chin exhibition is one of The Station's strongest shows to date.

In Support (1991), Chin gives us enough 
patriotic rope to hang ourselves.
Photography by John Lucas
In Support (1991), Chin gives us enough patriotic rope to hang ourselves.

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Through April 30
The Station, 1502 Alabama, 713-529-6900

Political art can easily feel strident and didactic. Even when viewers wholeheartedly endorse the politics of the artist in question, nobody likes to be harangued. It's easy for artists to get so caught up in their message that they forget it's also supposed to be art. Chin has occasional brushes with heavy-handedness, but overall he manages to stay on message and artistically on target. His work makes you think -- and feel.

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