General Admission tickets will be available for purchase beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Monday April 30.
Maya Lin has been selected as this year’s featured Visionary. The Visionaries
Series at the New Museum, supported by the Stuart Regen Visionaries Fund,
honors leading international thinkers in the fields of art, architecture, design,
and related disciplines of contemporary culture. The series spotlights innovators
who are shaping intellectual life and defining the future of culture today.
Maya Lin is in a category all her own. For more than twenty-five years,
she has maintained a careful balance between art and architecture, creating a
remarkable body of work that encompasses large-scale, site-specific installations,
intimate studio artworks, architectural works, and memorials. She draws
inspiration from the landscape, interpreting the world through a twenty-firstcentury
lens, utilizing technological methods to study and visualize the natural
world, merging rational order with notions of beauty and the transcendental,
and translating them into sculptures, drawings, and environmental earthworks.
Her work asks the viewer to reconsider nature and the environment at a
time when it is crucial to do so.
A committed environmentalist, Lin is at work on her last memorial, What
is Missing?, a multi-sited artwork that raises awareness about the current crisis
surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss. What is Missing? will focus attention
on species and places that are now extinct or will most likely disappear within
There have been five mass extinctions in the history of our planet. The last
one was caused by an asteroid the size of Manhattan hitting the earth at the
speed of 18,000 meters per second. We are now witnessing the sixth mass extinction
in the planet’s history, the only one caused not by a catastrophic event,
but by the actions of one single species: mankind.
Approximately every twenty minutes we witness the disappearance of a distinct
living species of plant or animal. Within our lifetime we will witness the
extinction of an incalculable number of species. By some estimates, as much as
30 percent of the world’s animals and plants could be on a path to extinction
within 100 years.
Photo: Walter Smith
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | 7:00 PM