Pace Gallery congratulates Maya Lin for being among the first individuals to receive the Smithsonian's Portrait of a Nation Prize, which was presented to Lin on November 15 in Washington, DC. The award comes on the heels of a new monograph on the artist, charting her interdisciplinary practice over three decades.
Newly created, the prize was also given to Henry “Hank” Aaron, Corporal Kyle Carpenter, Aretha Franklin and Carolina Herrera, recognizing these individuals for their contributions to the arts and American life. Lin has also created a new site-specific installation, part of the exhibition Wonder in the Smithsonian’s renovated Renwick Gallery. Earlier this year, Lin received the U.S. State Department’s Medal of Arts, and in October she installed the upper white river in recycled silver for the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Lin’s achievements across disciplines have recently been chronicled in a new monograph, Maya Lin: Topologies, published in October by Rizzoli International. At more than 400 pages, the volume explores Lin’s diverse practice in architecture, earthworks, memorials and studio works over the past three decades and features essays by the artist, Michael Brenson, William L. Fox, Paul Goldberger, Philip Jodidio, Lisa Phillips and Dava Sobel with a foreword by John McPhee.
Lin will end her year in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the opening of Novartis’s new campus extension adjacent to the MIT campus in mid-December. Lin was hired to design the master plan of the three-building site, and a new 8-story medical research building that integrates a 1.5-acre public greenspace as well as provides an important connection between Kendall and Central Square. She was also selected to work on the redesign of the Neilson Library for Smith College.