Acclaimed artist, designer, and environmentalist Maya Lin, has created twelve unique mixed-media works at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. Best known for her 1982 Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. as well as numerous sculptures, earthworks, and architectural works, Lin’s new exhibit explores and interprets the awesome geology and landscape of the Hudson River, with emphasis on the effects of climate change on the river’s diverse ecosystems.
Titled “A River is a Drawing,” the exhibition at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers will be on view through January 20, 2019. Says Lin, ” I see rivers as fluid moving drawings– delineated and drawn out. I have never explored the same river in varied mediums at one time the way I plan to at the Hudson River Museum. From the bamboo garden stakes, which will create a drawing you physically interact with, to an interior flood of marbles of the very same river, to a smaller mapping of the entire Hudson River watershed. Each one is a unique drawing, and each on offers a different way in which the body will interact with the form.”
In the museum’s lobby space, the exhibit begins with Maya Lin’s stainless steel pin sculpture mounted on a huge white wall. Composed with more than 20,800 pins, which can be recycled later, the delicate pin sculpture traces the entire length of the Hudson River watershed with all its tributaries.
For an astonishing display downstairs in a gallery, Lin uses 22,000 recycled blue-green marbles made from industrial glass to create the shape of the Hudson basin in three dimensions along the floor, walls and ceiling of the gallery. It is called “Folding the Hudson” and seems to defy gravity.
Working with scientists at Climate Central, Lin immediately responded to the recent findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC Report) by creating two topographical collages for the exhibition. Based on sea level maps, the collages show how Manhattan Island and vicinity will look in the near future if we do not change course to drastically limit carbon emissions.
Lin has previously worked in Yonkers where the Hudson River Museum is located. In 2004, she designed the Greyston Bakery which is on the waterfront and which was certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, known as LEED, a nationally recognized third-party certification process for the construction of green buildings.
In 2014 , Lin and her husband Daniel Wolf, an art and photography dealer and collector, also purchased the former Yonkers City Jail and converted it into a private art space.
For more information about the exhibition, related programs, and accompanying catalog, visit the museum’s newly redesigned website.
The Hudson River Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm.
Museum Admission: Adults $7; Youth 3-18 $4; Seniors 62+ and Students with ID $5