Maya Lin & Edwina von Gal: 60th Anniversary Celebration Virtual Program
5:30pm — 6:30pm
Storm King Art Center celebrates its 60th Anniversary with a series of free, virtual artist talks.
About this Event
Since 1960, Storm King has been dedicated to stewarding the hills, meadows, and forests of its site and surrounding landscape. Building on the visionary thinking of its founders, Storm King supports artists and some of their most ambitious works.
Join us to hear artists as they come together to celebrate our 60th Anniversary and discuss the power of art in nature at Storm King and beyond.
Attendees will receive a Zoom webinar link one-hour prior to the event.
MAYA LIN Known for her large-scale environmental installations, memorials and architectural works, Maya Lin is an American artist, architectural designer and environmentalist whose many mold-breaking projects defy explicit categories. Always trying to find a balance between opposing forces, she says: “My work originates from a simple desire to make people aware of their surroundings.” Nature and the environment have long been central concerns for Lin who attended Yale University where she earned a BA in 1981 and a Master of Architecture degree in 1986. She was thrust into the spotlight when, as a senior at Yale, she submitted the winning design in a national competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to be built in Washington, D.C. She has gone on to a remarkable career in both art and architecture, whilst still being committed to memory works that focus on some of the critical historical issues of our time.
In 2009, Maya Lin started what she refers to as her last memorial, What is Missing?, an on-going, multi-sited multimedia installation that raises awareness about habitat loss and biodiversity and emphasizes how protecting and restoring habitats can help protect species and significantly reduce climate change emissions.
Lin, who’s studio is based in New York, has received many honors, among them the National Medal of Arts (2009) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016), both conferred by President Barack Obama, and the Gish Prize (2014). The film Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision won the 1994 Oscar for Best Documentary.
EDWINA VON GAL principal of her eponymous landscape design firm since 1984, creates landscapes with a focus on simplicity and sustainability for private and public clients around the world. She has collaborated with noted architects such as Frank Gehry, Annabelle Selldorf, Maya Lin, and Toshiko Mori, on projects for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Richard Serra, Larry Gagosian, and many others in the environmental, design and art communities. Her work has been published in most major publications. Her book “Fresh Cuts” won the Quill and Trowel award for garden writing.
In 2008, while designing the park for The Biomuseo Panama, Edwina founded the Azuero Earth Project, promoting native species reforestation on Panama’s Azuero Peninsula, perhaps the first of its kind to work without synthetic chemicals. In 2013, Edwina went on to create the Perfect Earth Project, a nonprofit organization based in the USA dedicated to raising consciousness about the dangers of toxic lawn and garden chemicals, and the importance of planting native species, to protect the health of people, their pets, and the planet. Perfect Earth Project educates homeowners and professionals in nature-based landscape management techniques. In addition to lecturing across the US, and advising individuals, organizations, and communities on chemical free practices, she is currently working with her local municipalities (East Hampton Town, Southampton Village, Sag Harbor) to explore opportunities and create models for ecologically based land management.
Edwina has served on boards and committees for a number of horticultural and arts organizations, and is currently on the board of What Is Missing?, Maya Lin’s multifaceted media artwork about the loss of biodiversity, and the advisory board of The Philip Johnson Glass House. She received the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s Arthur Ross Award in 2012, and is the 2017 recipient of Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for the Visual Arts. In 2018 she received the NY School of Interior Design’s Green Design Award and The Isamu Noguchi Award, as well as the Conservator Award from Quogue Wildlife Refuge in 2020. She lectures regularly around the country and gave a TED talk in 2018.
In lieu of our Annual Gala in New York City, we invite you to participate and support Storm King in a new way this fall. From October 1 – 15, we will celebrate our 60-year commitment to art in nature with free virtual programs featuring Storm King artists, curators, and collaborators, plus an online benefit auction on Artsy featuring works generously donated by Storm King artists.
Visit stormking60.org for more information and to preview the auction.