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1/1 - Maya Lin (Courtesy Patrick McMullan).

1/1 - Maya Lin (Courtesy Patrick McMullan).

Maya Lin Will be the New Museum’s 2012 Visionary Speaker on May 30

Today the New Museum announced that New York-based conceptual artist and architect Maya Lin will be its fourth annual Visionaries Series honoree, and will speak at the Lower East Side institution on May 30. She follows the inaugural honoree, choreographer Bill T. Jones (2008), and subsequent visionaries like Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales in 2010, and chef, activist, and Chez Panisse proprietor Alice Waters last year. The series, which is supported by the Stuart Regen Visionaries Fund, honors one person every year who is considered to be pushing the boundaries of their given discipline — be it dance, design, or food. At Lin’s May 30 Visionaries Series talk (at 7pm, $25 for general admission, $20 for members), she’ll focus on the environmentalist bent in her work, especially in relation to her recent web-based biodiversity project What is Missing?. Aside from preparing her lecture, Lin is hard at work on a new earthwork in New Zealand, and the massive new multi-site “Confluence Project” in the Pacific Northwest at locations along the Columbia River with particular significance to the expeditions of Lewis and Clark, and local Native American tribes. She’ll tell you more about all that, surely, on the 30th. — Benjamin Sutton

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