ART TALK - Maya Lin with Elizabeth Kolbert on Climate Week
ART TALK - Maya Lin with Elizabeth Kolbert on Climate WeekSep 21 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 2021
In conjunction with Climate Week NYC, Maya Lin discusses the intersection of environmentalism and activism in her multifaceted artistic practice with Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker environmental writer and author of The Sixth Extinction.
For Madison Square Park Conservancy’s public art commissioning program, Maya Lin realizes a site-specific installation that brings into focus the ravages of climate change on woodlands around the world. Ghost Forest takes the form of a towering grove of spectral cedar trees, all sourced from the region and presented in sharp contrast to the park’s lush tree line. The installation builds on Lin’s practice of addressing species loss, habitat loss, and climate change within her work and serves as a call to action to the thousands of visitors who pass through the park daily.
This event is in support of Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest and is presented in collaboration with Madison Square Park Conservancy.
Additional talks and film screening will take place on 10/19 & 11/9
Members Cost: Free
Non-Members Cost: Free
Photo by Andy Romer
About Maya Lin
Maya Lin (American, b. 1959) is internationally recognized for her wide-ranging practice that encompasses large-scale environmental installations, architectural projects, and memorials, as well as intimate studio artworks. A committed environmentalist, Lin has dedicated a significant part of her practice to exploring issues related to climate change, including an ongoing web-based project What is Missing?, which raises awareness on habitat loss and biodiversity and emphasizes that our ability to protect and restore species and significantly reduce carbon emissions through habitat preservation.
Lin has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide, with works in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, among others. She has also created permanent outdoor installations for public and private collections around the world including the American Embassy in Beijing, Brown University, California Academy of Sciences, Cleveland Public Library, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Federal Courthouse in Miami, Princeton University, Rockefeller Foundation, Shantou University, Storm King Art Center, Wexner Center of the Arts, and Yale University. This spring, her design of the Neilson Library at Smith College opened. She is also re-launching the website for Whatismissing.org courtesy of a National Geographic grant.
In 2009, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Lin the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Born in 1959 and based in New York and Colorado, Lin holds degrees from Yale and Yale School of Architecture. She is represented by Pace Gallery in New York.
Photo by Andy Romer
About Gabriella Demczuk
Gabriella Demczuk is a Lebanese-American documentary artist and portrait photographer based between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Born in Sweden but raised in Luxembourg, Belgium, and later the United States, she studied fine arts and journalism at The George Washington University and photography at the Parsons School of Art and Design in Paris. Using photographs, archival material, and printmaking, her work looks at the effects of power in shaping American communities and the environment through history, policies, and politics. Gabriella speaks English and French and is available for commissions worldwide as well as teaching and speaking engagements.