Discussion – Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision

“It’s all about honesty”

Last night’s film opened with this quintessential quote from Maya Lin when speaking about her work. In a country where diversity, equality and self expression are celebrated hallmarks of our freedom, it is in our nature as individuals that from time to time our differences may come to a head in our own personal searches for inner reflection, remembrance, and truth. It is Maya Lin’s ability to peel away these layers of differences through her recognition and sensibility of the truth that places us face to face with the essence of our existence at that very place and time.

Perhaps it is this achievement of purity and clarity that can truly be attributed to Maya Lin’s ability to seek this honesty throughout the entire process of her work?

One of the interesting questions that someone brought up during the discussion last night was if they revealed the entrants at the jury of the Vietnam Memorial, if we strip away the prejudice, if we put aside our differences of race and gender, if we were honest about our reality, would we have the memorial that we see today?

What do you think?

Once again, thanks to everyone who came to the event and we look forward to seeing you at the next screening, Eames: The Architect and the Painter, on November 12th.