deCordova Live: A Lunchtime Conversation with Artist Saul Melman

May 26, 2020, 12—1 pm

DeCordova artist Saul Melman is an emergency room physician working on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic in Brooklyn, NY. Join Melman and Senior Curator Sarah Montross for a live wide-ranging conversation on Zoom about his dual identity as an artist and doctor and new meanings of his Park installation Best of All Possible Worlds amid the coronavirus crisis.


About Best of All Possible Worlds 

Best of All Possible Worlds consists of eight vacuum-molded casts of doors, arranged in the exact configuration of the artist’s Brooklyn apartment. The vacuum-cast process creates translucent replicas of the original doors in plastic. Traces of paint and small pieces of wood cling to the surface of some of the doors, suggesting their past lives and situating them between the material and immaterial, past and present. In deCordova’s Sculpture Park viewers can walk through and around the doorways to experience the ghostly echoes of Melman’s lived space. By emphasizing thresholds between interior and exterior, the installation alludes to personal secrets and past experiences that linger in domestic spaces. 

About Saul Melman 

Born in 1968 in Baltimore, Melman earned an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, in 2009. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, including at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and MoMA PS1, New York. He has received awards and residencies, including a grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2015), Dieu Donné Residency, New York (2013) and Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship Grant and Residency (2011). While in residence at Socrates, Melman first developed Best Of All Possible Worlds. He is represented by Anna Marra Contemporanea, Rome, Italy.   


Images: Saul Melman, Best Of All Possible Worlds, 2018, thermoplastic, paint, wood, and steel, 600 x 240 x 120 inches, Courtesy of the artist, Photograph by Clements Photography and Design, Boston.

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