Future Memory

In 1981, as an undergraduate studying architecture at Yale, Maya Lin made a bold artistic debut by beating out a host of established architects in a contest to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The design was a gracefully simple landscape intervention — a clean slice into...

Art review: Maya Lin combines sculpture, environmental research

Recently 400,000 people took to the streets for the People’s Climate March, in anticipation of a climate change summit at the United Nations in New York. For anyone who still needs convincing, “Art/Act: Maya Lin,” on view at the Brower Center, addresses the crisis with work that digs into...

Artist Maya Lin remembers what is missing

Maya Lin is hopeful about the future, probably more so than most humans are. Her flat delivery of statistics at her lecture on environmental issues at the David Brower Center on Monday wasn’t intended to depress us into throwing up our arms and asking why we even try. Instead,...

Maya Lin art and environmental activism featured in Berkeley exhibit

The relationship between architect-artist Maya Lin and the Bay Area has deep roots. She has been represented here by such works as her 11-ton, granite sculpture “Timetable” (2000, Stanford University) and the wiry stainless steel tubing of “Where the Land Meets the Sea” and the multimedia work that includes...

Review: Maya Lin at Berkeley’s David Brower Center

Art/Act: Maya Lin – an exhibition of environmentally themed sculpture and interactive work by the internationally known Chinese-American artist, architectural designer and creator of the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Washington, D.C. (1982) — opens at the David Brower Center in Berkeley on Friday, Sept. 19. Lin’s show is...

What’s up at the galleries this fall?

If there’s any doubt that fall is underway, look no further than the offerings at local galleries. Here’s a brief survey of what’s out there. SF Camerawork Dear Erin Hart In 2011, Jessamyn Lovell’s identity was stolen by a woman who then used it to run a drug syndicate,...

Artistic Outliers

Oakland has been attracting a lot of national buzz these days for being an emerging hub of cultural and creative production. That comes as no surprise to artists and patrons who have been in the thick of the tight-knit arts community for years. But it’s true that there is...

The Folly of Man – Michael Kerbow

When a contemporary art website recently asked artist Michael Kerbow what one piece of art from the world’s collections he would like to own, he was quick with his answer: The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel, with Bruegel’s The Triumph of Death a close second. Take a look...

Reimagining Progress Exhibit Poses Alternative Modes For Sustainability

This year the David Brower Center, a Berkeley-based nonprofit community center devoted to environmental and social justice art and education, presents its third juried exhibition with the works of 18 Bay Area artists selected from more than 440 local submissions. Reimagining Progress: Production, Consumption, and Alternative Economies is an...

Information artworks are using words to change the world

Art has long inspired environmental activism. The photographer Ansel Adams, whose iconic black-and-white images of the American west helped to build support for the US National Park Service, served on the board of the Sierra Club for 37 years, working closely with David Brower, the club’s first executive director....