Maya Lin: Paying Tribute to our Women, our Rights, and our Fallen.
Women’s Table, Maya Lin at Yale University, 1993
This piece of art (above) was designed by Maya Lin as the first piece on the campus to acknowledge women. Lin had noticed during her years at Yale University that all the public art portrayed or celebrated men. The Women’s Table design features spiral engravings of digits representing the number of women to graduate from Yale.
Reference: (Yale Herald)
Civil Rights Memorial, Maya Lin, Montgomery, Alabama 1989
Lin created this memorial (above) as a tribute to those who influenced, or died in pursuit of, our civil rights. The memorial itself is inscribed with names of significance; the wall behind is engraved with a portion of Martin Luther King, Junior’s scriptural quote, “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
Reference: (South Poverty Law Center)
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Maya Lin, Washington D.C. 1982
Lin designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as part of a contest, when she was just 21 years old and attending Yale University. She won the design contest, and has continued designing influential pieces ever since. Her intent for this memorial was to take the names of those who died overseas, and give them a voice here on American soil.
Reference: ( PBS artists)
Maya Lin was born in Athens, Ohio to Chinese immigrants. Though her parents both led professional lives at Ohio University, she attended Yale University. Yale is where she received her degrees, won the design contest that thrust her into the art and architecture world, and where she would later display one of her creations.
Reference: (PBS artists)
Judy Chicago: Celebrating Dozens of Influential Women
The Dinner Party, Brooklyn Museum, NYC, NY 1979
The Dinner Party is comprised on dozens of place settings, floor panels, and banners. Each of the place settings represents a woman who influenced American culture or rights in some way. The table is triangular, with each wing being 48 feet long. In total, 1,038 women are acknowledged– 39 place settings, with an additional 999 names inscribed on the floor.
Reference: (Brooklyn Museum)
The Entrance Banners
Place setting for Georgia O’Keeffe, whose beautiful art was considered controversial due to its interpreted sexual or feminist qualities.
The floor inscriptions
Judy Chicago was born in 1939 in Chicago, IL. She is an artist , author, teacher, and feminist that is recognized around the world. She is a symbol of freedom of expression for women everywhere.
Reference: (Judy Chicago)