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Photo exhibition celebrates Modernist landscape architect
Mar 26, 2015

Kicking off Landscape Architecture Month, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) presents The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley (1912-2004). The exhibition of Dan Kiley's work will be on view at the Center for Architecture from March 26 to June 20.

Dan Kiley, courtesy of ASLA.
Running concurrently to the traveling photographic exhibition is the presentation of the winners of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) New York Chapter 2015 Awards. Both exhibitions will include a series of public programming on related topics.

Kusko Residence. Photo by Paul Warchol for TCLF.
Kiley worked with architects like Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn and I.M. Pei on internationally acclaimed Modernist landscapes. Intending to honor Kiley while also calling attention to the need for stewardship of Modernist landscape design, it features the Agnes R. Katz Plaza in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Milton Lee Olive Park in Chicago, and United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

New York Botanical Garden. Photo by Charles Birnbaum for TCLF.
The exhibition documents the current state of Kiley’s more than 1,000 designs, and prompts discussion about stewardship by drawing attention to just how much of his work cannot been seen due to destruction or deliberate altering. Though projects such as the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller University are well maintained, among the lost landscapes are New York’s Lincoln Center and Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C.

University of Chicago. Photo by Julie Kachniasz for TCLF.
A 72-page companion gallery guide is available for purchase and includes images, site descriptions and plans and personal recollections from Kiley’s colleagues. More information about Kiley’s life and legacy can be found online.

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