Maya Lin: A River Is a Drawing—An Exhibition at the HRM

Maya Lin: A River Is a Drawing is a groundbreaking exhibition developed in close collaboration between the HRM and this visionary artist, focusing on the theme of the Hudson River. With the Museum’s architectural features and location along the banks of the river as a potent backdrop, Lin will create a series of new works and ambitious site-specific installations that invite visitors to interact.

The exhibition will be presented in seven sections, with all of the new works created along the theme of the Hudson River.

  • A majestic and immersive installation from grass bamboo stalks in the form of a 3D drawing of the Hudson River basin will be in the Museum Courtyard.
  • Lin will create a drawing in silver in the HRM Veranda, an overhang looking out to the river vista, connecting existing cracks, holes, bumps on the grounds, visually connecting the Museum’s campus to the river.
  • A 35-foot piece will cascade through the Museum’s Atrium, an augmented seafloor map of the Hudson Canyon with contours drawn with webbing wires.
  • What Is Missing?“—an updated version of the room-size, multi-channel video installation Empty Room (2009), part of Maya Lin’s ongoing interactive digital art project and environmental advocacy movement and a work she refers to as her “last memorial”
  • New drawings on paper that magnify points of interest in various rivers around the world with which she has thus far intimately engaged for artistic creations, including, and most significantly, relating to Lin’s own “habitat,” the Hudson.
  • A series of encaustic relief sculptures based on the Laurentide Ice Sheet, which condense shapes of glacial changes of past millennial cycles and represent the colossal effects of climate change that continue to shape our environment.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Times: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ticket pricing:
Free event

Presenter: Hudson River Museum
Presenter Phone: 9149634550
Presenter Website:

Sponsor Message

Major sponsorship is made possible by generous grants from Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts. Lead sponsorship is provided by Louise and Leonard Riggio. Lead sponsorship for the exhibition, as well as annual STEM-based school programming, is provided by Con Edison. Exhibition programs are supported by the WLS Spencer Foundation. Sponsorship is provided by Ginsburg Development Companies and Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Support for the exhibition catalog is provided by Pace Gallery. Additional support is provided by LPE Engineering PC, Kevin Luke, The Lunder Foundation, Thierry Porté, VPL, and the Stanley Family Fund.