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Maya Lin: Art and Environment

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GRAM is pleased to announce a summer of 2019 exhibition featuring the work of renowned artist, architect, and designer Maya Lin. Organized by GRAM in collaboration with Lin’s studio, the exhibition focuses on large-scale sculpture that demonstrates Lin’s fascination with water as a subject. Created in materials such as silver, carved and polished marble, steel, and building materials, Lin’s work is conceived through the meticulous use of charting, mapping, and scientific research in determining each sculpture’s ultimate design, layout, and structure.

The timeliness of this exhibition is twofold. The focus on water and the environment is relevant now more than ever, and Lin’s compelling artworks will help raise environmental awareness and challenge visitors to ponder humanity’s relationship with the natural world. The exhibition also celebrates the approaching 20th anniversary of Maya Lin’s Ecliptic, which transformed downtown Grand Rapids’ Rosa Parks Circle into a central gathering space that has evolved into the heart of the city. Over 700,000 people visit this dramatic park and public work of art each year, enjoying ice-skating, concerts, festivals, and other community events. Inspired by the Grand River from which the city is named after, Ecliptic reflects Lin’s interpretation of the three forms of water —liquid, solid, and vapor—through the park’s ice rink and amphitheater, mist fountain, and tablet of flowing water.

“I’ve always been fixated on water,” says Lin. “Maybe it’s because it exists in multiple states, and you can never understand it in nature as a fixed moment in time.”

Maya Lin interprets the natural world through science, culture, history, and contemporary issues, and has created internationally renowned works of art and architecture over the past four decades. Lin designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as an undergraduate student at Yale, and later went on to design significant works including, The Civil Rights Memorial in Alabama, the Women’s Table at Yale, and the Wave Field at the University of Michigan. Much of her body of work centers on the natural landscape and combines art and architecture. Lin’s work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions at museums worldwide, and is found in permanent collections of major institutions such as the National gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, among others.

Maya Lin: Art and Environment
  • Times:  See website for times.
  • May 18, 2019 to September 1, 2019
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday