What is Missing?

When: Wed., Jan. 14, 7 p.m. 2015

Since September, the David Brower Center (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley) has been showcasing the work of environmentalist artist Maya Lin, the recipient of its annual Art/Act award for outstanding work at the intersection of art and activism. The last event in a long lineup of programming presented in conjunction with the show is “What Is Missing? An Evening of Beauty and Delusion with Heyday Books,” to be held on January 14. The night will feature Heydey publisher Malcolm Margolin in conversation with the National Wildlife Federation’s Beth Pratt-Bergstrom and Sea Forager’s Kirk Lombard about environmental changes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Taking a step back, the three will discuss the Bay Area in terms of its epochal transformations, highlighting its dynamic history. For example, 14,000 years ago, what is now San Francisco was once home to Columbia mammoths, camels, llamas, and bison. Six thousand years later came the creation of the San Francisco Bay. Fast-forward to human inhabitation, and the start of a tug-of-war between industrialization-driven extinction and human attempts at preservation. Margolin worked with artist Maya Lin on her artistic memorial to extinct wildlife species and destroyed environments in her project, What Is Missing? (which we reviewed in the article “Future Memory,” 10/22/14). This talk should help us answer Lin’s titular question by remembering what has been lost to extinction, and discussing how we can avoid losing more. — Sarah Burke

Sarah Burke

Price: Free, $10 suggested donation

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