Maya Lin made waves in 1981 when she won a public design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the ripe young age of 21. Since then, she has had an expansive career, winning countless awards in the art world for her work as both an artist and architect.
According to Cochran, it has been a priority of the museum to bring Lin to Phoenix.
"It has taken over two years to make this happen, but we are delighted that she is coming to speak," says Cochran. "In working with the lecture series, I have worked hard to highlight the collection and bring out artists whose work we own or whose exhibitions we are organizing."
The museum acquired Maya Lin's Pin River, Colorado River (2010) in 2010 through ArtPick, an event held annually that allows the public to help in selecting a piece for the contemporary collection.
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The work itself is a large-scale mapping of the Colorado River traced with thousands of small metal pins. According to the artist's website, the environmental subject matter can be traced through many of her works:
"Landscape is the context and the source of inspiration for Ms. Lin's art. She peers curiously at the landscape through a twenty-first century lens, merging rational and technological order with notions of beauty and the transcendental."
Maya Lin's lecture begins at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, February 13 in the Whiteman Hall at the Phoenix Art Museum. For more information, visit the event page.