What is Missing? Maya Lin + Edwina Von Gal

May 5
11:00 am
12:00 pm
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What is Missing by Maya Lin at the California Academy of Sciences. Photo: Bruce Damonte

In a remarkable career that has bridged art, architecture, and memorials, Maya Lin has presented new ways of seeing the world around us. Her highly acclaimed work explores how we relate to and experience the natural world, setting up a systematic ordering of the land that is tied to history, memory, time, and language. As a committed environmentalist, Lin asks the viewer to reconsider nature and the environment at a time when it is crucial to do so. She is working on her last memorial, the highly-experimental and visionary What Is Missing?—an ongoing, multi-sited memorial that focuses attention on extinction and habitat loss, sparks collective conversations, and poses solutions. The project combines permanent sculptures, temporary media exhibits, and a website that presents the planet’s ecological past (The Map of Memory—historical and crowdsourced accounts of what we’ve lost), present (Conservation in Action—current efforts from over 40 environmental groups), and future (Greenprint—scenarios that imagine a way forward). After introducing her project and its recent and future developments, Lin will join Edwina von Gal for a conversation covering climate change, protecting and restoring habitats, and the need to connect with nature.