Humanitas Chair in Contemporary Art University of Oxford, UK

05 May 2015

The Humanities Division, Magdalen College and the Ruskin School of Art are delighted to welcome the distinguished artist Maya Lin as the 2015 Humanitas Visiting Professor in Contemporary Art.

In addition to conducting masterclasses and seminars with students from across the University, Lin will deliver a free public lecture entitled Between art and architecture.

During the course of her remarkable career Maya Lin has created a powerful and highly influential body of work that includes large-scale site-specific installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works and memorials.

In her site-specific installations such as the epoch-making Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1982), she has consistently explored how we experience and relate to landscape, setting up a systematic ordering of the land that is tied to history and language. Her studio artworks often build on advanced technological methods of visualising geographic features to inspire a deeper relation- ship between the viewer and the natural world. Her architectural projects are largely undertaken at the request of non-profit institutions and include the Museum for Chinese in America (2009) in New York City.

A committed environmentalist, Maya Lin is now working on what she anticipates will be her final redefinition of the memorial. What Is Missing? focuses on the current crisis of biodiversity and directs attention not toward the past but the future, and the potential for saving species and habitats.

Between art and architecture

​A lecture by Maya Lin. Chaired by Paul Hobson (Director,Modern Art Oxford).

Free admission, Doors will open at 4.45pm

The event will be followed by a drinks reception to which members of the audience are warmly invited

Date: Tuesday, 5 May, 2015 – 17:00 – 18:30

Venue: Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford

Speaker: Visiting Professor: Maya Lin

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