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Maya Lin, Visionary

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Artist, sculptor, architect and environmental activist, Maya Lin is best known for her much beloved Vietnam Veterans Memorial, conceived in 1981 while she was still an undergraduate student at Yale University and installed in 1982 adjacent to the National Mall in Washington DC. With this single iconic monument, she reimagined what public art, architecture, and landscape could be. Throughout her career, she has drawn inspiration from land, sea, rivers, and sky as well as from culturally diverse sources, including Japanese gardens, ancient earthworks and by the work of other artists who were revered for their pioneering earthworks or land art projects from the 1960s and 70s such as Robert Smithson, Nancy Holt, James Turrell and Agnes Denes. In the tragic wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lin’s most recent project, Ghost Forest, originally scheduled to open in mid-May at Madison Square Park on East 26th Street, has been postponed until 2021. This site-specific installation builds on the artist’s practice of addressing climate change in the form of a grove of dead cedar trees sourced from New Jersey’s pine barrens: all victims of the ravages of rising sea levels and toxic saltwater infiltration. A life-long advocate for public policies promoting sustainability, Lin has an abiding passion for nature-based solutions to these issues, which has been evident in her visionary work throughout her career. Examine these works in depth through a virtual Zoom tour.

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Wed


Margaret Mathews-Berenson 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
6/10/2020 - 6/10/2020 Weekly - Wed 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM N/A - Online Margaret Mathews-Berenson