Maya Lin
  Maya Lin is an architect and a sculptor. She was raised in Athens, Ohio, where her parents, who had emigrated from China, were on the faculty of Ohio University. In 1980 at the age of 21, while still an undergraduate architect student at Yale University, Lin won a nationwide competition sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund for her design of a memorial to honor those who had served in the Vietnam War. After initial controversy over her conception of a simple v-shaped wall of polished black stone inscribed with the names of the men and women who were killed or declared missing in action in the war, the monument was recognized as a powerful artistic statement and became one of the most visited monuments in the nation. Lin has also created a monument to the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Alabama; designed the Museum of African Art in New York City; and created a sculpture to commemorate women at Yale university. In 1995 a documentary about Lin called Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision made by filmmaker Freida Lee Mock, won the Academy Award.

Selected Objects

North China
Tang period, about 9th century
Stoneware with glaze
H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm), D. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm); 1979.129

China, Hebei Province
Northern Song period, 11th-early 12th century
Porcelain with incised design under glaze, the rim bound with copper (Ding ware)
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm), D. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); 1979.139

  Brush Washer
North China
Northern Song period, late 11th-early 12th century
Stoneware with glaze with iron "oil spots"
H. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm), D. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); 1979.144