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Maya Lin

Can Parks and Memorials Happily Co-Exist?

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 06.17.2015 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

The National Mall in Washington, DC is saturated with monuments and museums and, while there is little support for adding more to the Mall, there is support for continuing the tradition of building monuments in the city.

Giving Respect To Those Who Were Silenced -- And Those Who Were Not

Steve Leveen | Posted 05.24.2015 | Fifty
Steve Leveen

Had there been a draft when my sons were coming of age, I would have become an anti-war activist. No way would I have let my Cal and Corey go to Iraq or Afghanistan without putting up a fight. But there was not a draft, and my children did not enlist. And so I became one of the silent ones.

The End of Shared Sacrifice Set in Stone: Yale As Metaphor

Paul Gunther | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Paul Gunther

It behooves Americans not only to pause and consider their war dead, even if just doing so by pondering the anonymous tale of a single lapidary name, but also to think about a contemporary society where the whole concept of such binding sacrifice is equally dead.

'We Leave You Our Deaths. Give Them Their Meaning': New Memorial in San Francisco's Civic Center

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 12.23.2014 | San Francisco
Pamela Feinsilber

The memorial contains soil, held all these years, from battlefields of previous wars. It is in a compartment that, as one report put it, "can be reopened as needed to add soil from Afghanistan and Iraq and future wars."

Environmental Artist Maya Lin Wins $300,000 Gish Prize

AP | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Artist and environmentalist Maya Lin is the recipient of the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. The $300,000 prize is one ...

Art Makes Environmental Change Real

Bill Chameides | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Apparently, scientific information, no matter how solid, is unable to persuade a good many people of the reality of climate change. At the same time we're finding that less objective (and less scientifically valid) types of information can affect people's views.

EXPO CHICAGO: A River Ran Through It

Henry Henderson | Posted 11.14.2012 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Sometimes you need a new perspective on things to see them clearly. Take the Chicago River. Many of us interact with it on a daily basis, but in a passive manner. And, yet when we do pay attention, we don't think of the river as a resource.

Learning How to Be a Professional Artist Is a Lifelong Process

Daniel Grant | Posted 07.15.2012 | Arts
Daniel Grant

What was considered so important for artists to know back then now seems vaguely irrelevant. These days, the focus of artist-as-businessperson workshops and classes is not how to apply for money but how to earn it -- how to be entrepreneurial.

My Visit to the Museum of Chinese in America

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.22.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The Museum of Chinese in America provides a model and inspiration for all other organizations of color. While building an individual donor effort is not easy and takes time and discipline, it can be accomplished, even by a modestly-sized, culturally-specific museum.

Helen Frankenthaler as a One-Hit Wonder

David Galenson | Posted 03.05.2012 | Arts
David Galenson

Frankenthaler might appear as a classic example of a one-hit wonder, joining the long list of important artists whose career was dominated by a single early work.

More Than A Metaphor: Michael Arad's 9/11 Memorial

G. Roger Denson | Posted 11.11.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

No one critic can make proclamations concerning whether a memorial site succeeds in mitigating the lingering trauma and loss of a violent cataclysm for the public. Spiritual sustenance and healing is exceedingly personal.

Is Architecture Sexist?

Tom Mallory | Posted 06.06.2011 | Arts
Tom Mallory

Making my selection of buildings this week led me to a surprising discovery about the representation of women in architecture. I started with a simple...

A Secondary Market for Public Art?

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Back in 1970, Hyland Biological of Costa Mesa, California commissioned sculptor Claire Falkenstein (1908-97) to create a large-scale artwork that was ...

The Wall and the Mosque: Divide and Unite

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

The current fight over the building of an Islamic study center near Ground Zero here in Manhattan is reminiscent of another battle nearly thirty years ago over a Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

Top Los Angeles Area Exhibitions During July

ArtScene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Don't think for a moment that things grind to a halt in Los Angeles during the summer -- it's rich in cultural choices. Here is a selection of six of the top exhibitions currently on view.

Jeb Bush, Henry Paulson Tapped By Bloomberg For Charity Board

AP | SARA KUGLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — New York City's billionaire mayor has tapped former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Henry Pau...

Skiing and Sacrifice

David Holbrooke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Holbrooke

Mountainfilm started in 1979 as a gathering of mountaineers who wanted to climb during the day and watch mountaineering movies night.

Four Women Who Inspire Action and Conscience in Copenhagen

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

With the international climate talks drawing representatives from 192 nations and attracting more than 110 world leaders, there are a lot of impressive people gathering in Copenhagen.

Maya Lin's Last Memorial Highlights The Environment

Los Angeles Times | Anne-Marie O'Connor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The growing degradation of the natural world haunts Lin -- celebrated as the creator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the reinventor of the Americ...