From April 15–30, Creative Time will present multidisciplinary artist Maya Lin's What is Missing?, a series of four videos about mass extinction precipitated by the degradation of natural habitats At 44 1/2. There will be a special, expanded schedule of screenings on April 22 for Earth Day. Maya Lin is a participant in the Creative Time Global Residency Program, for which she has traveled to diverse parts of the world to connect with disappearing species for the What Is Missing project.
The four videos presented At 44 1⁄2 are part of an expansive project of the same name that is an urgent call to action intended to build awareness about disappearing species. What is Missing?, which Lin calls her "last memorial," consists of site-specific media installations, traveling art exhibitions, a printed and digital book, and other forms, linked through the project's website (whatismissing.net). By existing in multiple forms and sites simultaneously, the project challenges the notion that memorials must be singular objects. Through a broad network of collaborations with scientific institutions, environmental groups, writers, art institutions, filmmakers, photographers and artists, What is Missing? will ultimately emphasize what each individual can do to protect species and the habitats they depend on for survival.
"For her fifth and final memorial, Maya Lin is taking on what is surely one of the greatest single imperatives of our times," said Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, "the protection of fragile habitats around the globe. Thanks, in part, to Creative Time's partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation’s New York City Cultural Innovation Fund, Maya is traveling the world to learn, build networks, and bear witness to our environmental crises. What she learns will be shared through video and sound installations in an ambitious project that demonstrates the ramifications of our everyday actions and attitudes on habitats, while bringing together environmentalists, scientists and educators from all parts of the world."
Creative Time kicked off At 44 1/2 with the overwhelmingly successful presentation of Shallow by Malcolm McLaren in June 2008, and was followed by selections from Mark Tribe's Port Huron Project; early work by the historic duo Gilbert & George; a series curated by artist Marilyn Minter; the work of acclaimed artist Steve McQueen; a mini- retrospective of the work of legendary artist Bruce Conner; and two series by young artists. Most recently, Creative Time presented the work of groundbreaking performance artist Marina Abramovic.
The larger than life, high definition 44 1/2 screen is located on Broadway between 44th and 45th Streets, directly across the street from MTV's offices and studio. At 44 1/2 is part of Creative Time's long history of presenting public art in Times Square.